Canopius bolsters Asia Pacific team with four hires

October 23 2018 by InsuranceAsia News Staff

Mathew Gundersen, former assistant vice-president for operations, Asia, at Berkshire Hathaway Specialty has joined Lloyd’s specialty (re)insurer Canopius as head of operations for Asia Pacific and the Middle East and North Africa (Mena).

Gundersen is joined at Canopius by Paul Hackett, former head of marine at Aspen in Singapore, who has become head of marine, energy and engineering for Asia Pacific and Mena.

In addition, Dale Taylor will join as a property underwriting leader in December (leaving his property underwriting role at Tokio Marine Kiln in Singapore) while Matt Bird will leave his Asia terrorism and political violence position at QBE to start a role as crisis management underwriter for the region in January; all four hires will be based in the Singapore office in Capita Green.

Mark Newman, Canopius’s chief executive of Asia Pacific & Mena, said: “As we build on the very sound base we have already achieved, we are strengthening our regional infrastructure in keeping with our underwriting expansion and ambitions.”

The announcements follow the September arrival of Yann Marmonier as head of insurance for Asia Pacific and Mena (revealed exclusively by InsuranceAsia News) and the appointment of Nattakorn Wattanaumphaipong as head of reinsurance Asia Pacific.