Amanda Blanc joins from Axa as CEO for Europe, Middle East and Africa and member of executive committee in Q4. Succeeds Gary Shaughnessy, who is moving into partial retirement. He will continue as board member of various European subsidiaries. He was diagnosed several years ago with Parkinson’s disease. Blanc was group CEO of Axa U.K. & Ireland.


Promotes James Gilbert to EVP overseeing several of the company’s operating units. Brian Douglas succeeds Gilbert as president of BerkleyNet Underwriters. Douglas was BerkleyNet’s VP of market and business development.


Swiss Re Corporate Solutions creates stand-alone excess and surplus unit in North America. Includes Swiss Re’s traditional E&S property and casualty groups. Ella Broks named head of E&S sales for North America. She was most recently Swiss Re Corporate Solutions head of broker relationship management.




Agrees to buy majority stake in program administrator NSM Insurance Group ( Values NSM at about $388 million. NSM places more than $500 million in premium each year via 6,000 brokerages and 100 carriers. Expected to close by end of Q2.


Rolls out umbrella and contractors equipment policies. The umbrella form is a completely revised, simplified version of its old policy. Offers worldwide coverage, tracks aggregates, can shave limits. Can be customized as all-lines Liberty Mutual product or stand-alone layer over another carrier’s primary liability policies. Contractors equipment form—Premier Protector—provides blanket cover with no co-insurance for owned, leased, borrowed or rented equipment. No endorsement needed for loss of rental or lease income, expediting expense, transporting property of others, and other commonly endorsed coverages.


Names Brian Kenny managing director of strategic customer growth, based in Richmond, Va., headquarters. He’s responsible for broker relationships and risk management accounts. Was head of small commercial.


Aims to have 80% of trading done digitally by the end of 2019. The company had set a 30% goal for the end of 2018.