People Moves: Vantage Engages Hamilton’s Skerlj as Chief Risk Officer; Hamilton Promotes Baker to Group CRO; LSM appoints Garcia Larriu for senior role in Spain
This edition of International People Moves details appointments to Vantage Group Holdings, Hamilton Insurance Group and Liberty Specialty Markets.
An overview of these new employees follows here.
Vantage Group Holdings Ltd. announced that Peter skerlj will join as Chief Risk Officer, effective February 2023. Skerlj will be based in Bermuda and reporting to Greg Hendrik, Vantage’s general manager. (See related appointment on Skerlj’s replacement at Hamilton).
In this new role, Skerlj will lead the further development of Vantage’s data-driven enterprise risk management framework, building on the strong foundation built in the first two years of the operation. To continue to strengthen Vantage’s risk and economic capital modeling, Skerlj will leverage technology to drive an advanced approach to risk assessment, modeling and analysis.
Skerlj joins Vantage from Hamilton Insurance, where he served as group chief risk officer. Skerlj joined Hamilton Insurance in 2012. Previously, Skerlj was Head of Analytics at Q Re Bermuda Advisors Ltd. Prior to Q Re, he held various positions at Lancashire Insurance Co., PartnerRe and Applied Research Associates. He holds a Master of Engineering Science and Bachelor of Engineering Science from the University of Western Ontario.
Hamilton Promotes Baker to Group CRO
Hamilton Insurance Group Ltd. announced the appointment of Alex Bakker as Group Chief Risk Officer, effective January 1, 2023, subject to regulatory approval. Baker reports to the group CEO Pina Albo and replaces Pete Skerlj which joins Vantage Group Holdings. (See related item on Skerlj’s appointment).
Prior to joining Hamilton in 2016, Baker was the chief actuary of Chubb Managing Agent Ltd. (CMAL), where he was responsible for all actuarial work for Lloyd’s Syndicate 1882 and had Approved Person status with the Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) of the Bank of England. He was a Capital Modeling Actuary at Chubb Insurance Co. from May 2011 to June 2013. of Europe and CMAL. Baker was a major contributor to Syndicate 1882’s internal model approval process under Solvency II.
“I am delighted to welcome Alex to the Group Executive Team. Since joining Hamilton in 2016, Alex has been a trusted advisor and has been instrumental in building our robust risk and actuarial culture,” said Albo.
“As a founding member of Hamilton, Pete established our risk and actuarial function and helped build our strong team. I am grateful to him for his many contributions to Hamilton’s success and wish him all the best.”
Liberty Specialty Markets Appoints Garcia Larriu as General Manager, Spain
Liberty Specialty Markets (LSM)part of Liberty Mutual Insurance’s Global Risk Solutions division, announced the appointment of: Alfonso Garcia Larriuc to the role of General Manager Insurance, Spain. Garcia Larriu reports to Kadidja Sinzu, head of the LSM Central Region (Europe and MENA). He will take up his new position with immediate effect and is based in Madrid, Spain.
Garcia Larriu is responsible for leading the team and achieving the growth targets set by LSM for its Spanish operations and meeting the needs of our clients and brokers. he replaces Fernando Lara who has been given a new role within LSM and has taken over the position of Head of Customer and Distribution for Continental Europe.
Lara’s new role has a broad remit in continental Europe. He is responsible for leading the team to realize LSM’s European distribution strategy. Lara joined LSM in 2004 and has successfully held the role of General Manager Insurance in Spain for the past 15 years.
Garcia Larriu joins March Risk Solutions, in Spain, where he was CEO. He has nearly 30 years of experience in global insurance and reinsurance, including construction and energy. He holds a law degree from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain and is a chartered accountant in insurance.
“Alfonso brings a wealth of experience in managing market relationships, people and budgets. He has in-depth knowledge of the markets in which we operate,” said Sinz.
“Since Fernando joined LSM in 2004, he has been instrumental in establishing and developing LSM’s Iberian business. I know Fernando will bring the same drive and determination to achieve the top results that he has shown throughout his career. This new role is well deserved.”