Employee Of The Week

Chubb Europe
Veronica Somarriba has been appointed as the zone underwriting manager for the technology insurance speciality division of Chubb Insurance Company of Europe (Chubb).

She previously managed the technology insurance speciality for Chubb's New York broker zone.

Somarriba started her career with Chubb in 1987 as an underwriter, and has since worked in numerous branches, holding a variety of positions in the multinational risk group, the commercial insurance speciality and the technology insurance speciality.

Catlin Underwriting Agencies
Andrew McMellin has been appointed as an underwriting director and business group leader at Catlin Underwriting Agencies, which manages Lloyd's Syndicate 2003.

McMellin joined Catlin in 1999 as class underwriter for non-marine liability business. He has worked at Willis Corroon, and MW Drysdale & Others.

ProFin - R&SA
The professional and financial risks division (ProFin) of Royal & Sun Alliance (R&SA) has restructured its management assurance team. It will incorporate two business units - financial institutions and professions.

Linda Kilroy-Burns will manage the financial institutions team. Charles Willmott joins her, having previously worked in this sector for Chubb Insurance Company of Europe.

Ceri Welch will manage the professions team. He has been underwriting this class of business with R&SA for 13 years.

Paul Wells will manage the management assurance team. He has been with R&SA for 13 years.

Charlotte Cuttill has been appointed as ProFin's new customer development manager. She joins ProFin with 13 years' experience within R&SA.

Allianz Cornhill
Paul Messer has been appointed manager, commercial property at Allianz Cornhill. He has worked within Allianz Cornhill's head office property team since joining the company in 2001. Prior to this he was with Independent Insurance and before that with Sun Alliance.

St Paul
St Paul International Insurance has made three internal appointments.

Geoff Sayers has been appointed general manager - claims and will be responsible for the UK claims function.

Dennis Huggins has been appointed senior manager - industry segments and will be responsible for property-casualty business in the technology, manufacturing and medical services industries, and for the global accounts team.

Brian Nice has been appointed practice leader - technology and will be responsible for the development of property-casualty business in the computer and hi-tech industries.

Rural Group
Rural Insurance Group has made three new appointments.

Les McCormick, joins as operations manager. He has more than 20 years' experience in the customer service sector, and has worked at Commercial Union Assurance and the Broker Network.

Adrian Lewis joins as motor team leader. He has worked at Cox insurance and Allianz Cornhill.

Geoff Lund joins as senior farm underwriter. He has more than 30 years' commercial insurance underwriting experience. Previously he worked at Zurich Financial Services as senior IT developer for its commercial insurance system.

Stuart Alexander
Stuart Alexander has appointed Dick Tucker as group compliance and process improvement manager.

He has worked for Legal & General, GRE , and latterly AXA, covering a variety of roles including branch management, claims management and operations management.

Charles Russell
City law firm Charles Russell has recruited Louise Bagnall to the insurance/reinsurance litigation team.

She previously worked at Stephenson Harwood and joins as an assistant solicitor. She will be based at the firm's head office in London.

Blakemores Solicitors
Blakemores Solicitors has appointed Ben Elsom as business development and marketing manager.

He joined Blakemores in 2000 as the claims manager in charge of the practice's ULR department.


Peter Dalby has been appointed managing director of 1U, part of the Isle of Man based Chase Templeton Group.

Dalby previously founded Prime Health building its turnover to over £125m in just ten years. More recently he co-founded Health-on-line and built a much heralded product range which has made a significant impact among Healthcare intermediaries.

UnumProvident has appointed Mark Williams as head of legal advising on all legal issues across a range of disciplines, including insurance, company law and litigation.

He has also assumed responsibility for the appeals department. Previously he worked at Skandia Life.

Company focus

HIBL appoints managers
Paul Judge has been appointed development and marketing director for all companies within Henderson Insurance Brokers (HIBL).

Judge has 14 years' industry experience and was previously employed at RP Hodson.

Paul Deakin joins as managing director of the London division of new venture Contractsure. He joins from Alexander Forbes and will be supported by broking director Paul O'Halloran and claims director Sandra Cowan .

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