7 People on the Move: Risk & Insurance
Verisk Names Independent Director to Board, United Educator President and CEO Announces Retirement and More in This Edition of People on the Move.
Verisk welcomes a new member to its board of directors
Verisk has appointed Olumide Soroye as an independent director on the company’s board. For three decades, Soroye held leadership positions in multiple industries.
“Olumide’s background in software, data analytics, AI and growth-focused leadership make him an outstanding addition to Verisk’s Board of Directors,” said Lee Shavel, CEO of Verisk. . “We look forward to working closely with Olumide to ensure that we continue to drive value and positive impact for all of Verisk’s stakeholders, including shareholders, customers, employees and partners.”
Soroye is President and CEO of Fortive Corporation’s Intelligent Operations Solutions segment.
Prior to Fortive, he held leadership roles at CoreLogic, where he handled real estate intelligence and risk management, and at QuinStreet, where he led the company’s technology and home services businesses. .
Prior to QuinStreet, he was a partner at McKinsey & Company, where he was recognized for his growth and innovation strategies for several world-class technology companies, according to a press release.
President and CEO of United Educators to retire in 2023
Risk retention group United Educators Insurance (UE) recently announced the upcoming retirement of its Chief Executive Officer Janice Abraham in the summer of 2023.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to express our gratitude to Janice for the wonderful job she has done in leading UE over the past quarter century to its current position as the world’s leading risk management and transfer company. U.S. Education Service,” Morgan said. R. Olsen, Chairman of EU Subscribers Council.
“Janice has demonstrated superb leadership skills in providing a rock-solid foundation for the future of our member-owned captive. His work has enabled the EU to be in the strongest possible position today, developing a cohesive, creative and skilled management team and keeping a laser focus on our service to education.” he added.
Abraham has served as President and CEO of UE for the past 25 years. Prior to that, she worked as an EU administrator at Cornell University and Whitman College.
She was recognized for spearheading several notable achievements for the organization during her tenure, including “award-winning risk management programs and services driving the adoption of enterprise risk management in educational institutions. public and private,” according to a press release.
The search for UE’s next President and CEO will soon begin.
Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Canada Appoints New Leadership to Client Management Team
Swiss Re Corporate Solutions has appointed Andrea Douglass as Senior Vice President, Customer Management Canada. Douglass will be responsible for strategic relationships with large corporate clients across Canada, according to a press release.
Based in Toronto, Douglass succeeds Sarah Kestle who will soon be retiring.
“I’m thrilled to have someone with Andrea’s experience and caliber on our team,” said Adrian Hall, CEO Canada, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions. “His strong track record of customer focus, creativity and strategic leadership will drive our drive to deliver customer-centric solutions and deliver an exceptional customer experience to advance business insurance together.”
Douglass held various leadership positions of increasing responsibility within the customer and distribution space at Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty and RSA Insurance.
EPIC expands talent across Private Client, National Voluntary Benefits and Greyling
EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants has hired Chris Novotney as Vice President, Private Client Advisor.
Novotney brings to his new role more than 15 years of experience working with wealth management advisors, family office heads, CPAs and estate planning lawyers. He will be responsible for developing relationships and utilizing EPIC’s private client solutions platform to secure custom homes, high value collector automobiles, fine art collections, mega- yachts, aviation, personal protection and cyber solutions, according to a press release.
“We are delighted to welcome Chris to our team. His proven expertise and track record of success in advising thriving individuals and families is underpinned by his dedication to advocating on behalf of clients,” said Steve Nelson, Chief Growth Officer of EPIC, to whom Novotney will report.
EPIC also welcomed Kerry Connor as the new head of its national voluntary benefits practice. Based in the Philadelphia area, Connor will support EPIC account teams and customers in designing, funding and delivering the full suite of voluntary benefit offerings, according to a press release.
Connor has worked in the field of voluntary benefits for over 20 years. Early in her career, she ran a listing company that served the brokerage community and businesses directly in the medium and large markets. She was also one of the top national sales directors for cybersecurity companies.
“Kerry brings a great balance of direct selling experience and working collaboratively with the brokerage community,” said Craig Hasday, president, national benefits practice, EPIC. “I have no doubt that his leadership will bring incredible value to our clients, either directly or through their current EPIC advisors. The evolution of the workforce has made the personalization of family benefits on an individual basis an essential service.
Roger Guilian, JD, has joined EPIC’s Greyling Division as Senior Vice President, Risk Management. He will be in charge of “risk prevention and management advice; develop key legal and legislative initiatives for major design companies; as well as customer service,” according to a press release.
He will be based in the Fairhope, Alabama area and will report to Gregg Bundschuh, general manager of Greyling, a division of EPIC.
Guilian joins Greyling from an ENR Top 100 civil engineering company where he served as General Counsel.
During nearly two decades as in-house legal counsel, he “has acquired extensive experience and knowledge in matters affecting the risks and legal exposure of engineers, their companies and other design professionals, including contract risk management, professional liability insurance and defense of errors and omissions claims,” the statement said.
“We are delighted to have Roger join Greyling. His experience as a trusted advisor to a large, sophisticated design firm and engineering professionals will bring immediate and direct value to our customers,” said Bundschuh. commitment to customer service and professional advice aligns perfectly with our historical practices.”
Synergy Comp Appoints New President
After more than three decades of service, CEO and founder of Synergy Comp Insurance Company, Lew Kachulis, has stepped down as president. Chris Blough will succeed him as president.
Brough has over 20 years of executive leadership experience. He began his career in financial services and has served as president of a commercial finance company, CEO of a credit union and, most recently, CEO of Mennonite Mutual Insurance Company, according to a press release.
Although Kachulis has stepped down as president, he will continue to support the organization as CEO. Synergy Comp’s Board of Directors and senior management have expressed their support for the change and are confident that Blough is the right person to continue building momentum.
“We look forward to Chris joining the team and are excited about Synergy Comp’s long-term future,” said Kachulis.
“Synergy has carved out a unique and valuable space for itself in the working model industry, and I’m excited to work with Lew and the team to expand that value and build on a strong foundation,” Blough said. &