New employees in Everest Wholesale Division; CEO of Zoidis New Atain; Bohac Joins SIAA; B&B expands analytics team by 5 people

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Everest Insurance Division announces key executive appointments

Everest Insurance, the insurance division of Everest Re Group, Ltd., has announced key appointments in its US wholesale division.

Casey Hartley has been appointed Senior Vice President and Head of US Wholesale Casualty. Prior to joining Everest in 2021, Hartley spent a decade at Liberty Mutual and held various roles at St. Paul Travelers.

Danielle Stewart joined the company in the newly created position of vice president and national director of wholesale sales. Stewart joined Everest from Liberty Mutual, most recently as Director of Business Strategy. She will be based in Los Angeles.

Everest is headquartered in Warren, New Jersey.

Atain Insurance appoints Chris Zoidis as CEO

Chris Zoidis has been promoted to President and CEO of Atain Insurance Companies, part of HW Kaufman Group, headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Since joining Kaufman 15 years ago, Zoidis has been instrumental in accelerating the network’s global growth and M&A strategy.

Zoidis began his career in the commercial property and casualty insurance business before spending nearly a decade at Deloitte Consulting in the firm’s Insurance Strategy & Operations practice. After joining Kaufman, he led Burns & Wilcox’s Special Risk Underwriting Division and expert practice groups. He is also responsible for Kaufman’s overall portfolio and relationship with the London market.

As part of Atain’s leadership restructuring, the company also announced the promotion of Jessalynn Suda to Vice President.

Mark Bohac joins SIAA as organic growth coach

SIAA (Strategic Insurance Agency Alliance) appointed Mark Bohac as Organic Growth Coach. In this newly created position, he will focus on helping SIAA member agencies grow their insurance premiums with strategic partner companies.

Bohac began his career at MetLife Auto and Home in the Chicago market before moving to Atlanta where he helped run the National Sales School for Captive Agents. He later joined the independent agency side of the organization as a Sales Training Team Manager before moving to National Accounts. There he assumed responsibility for the growth of the SIAA account. In this role, he oversaw SIAA’s extraordinary growth at MetLife, from an initial $5 million in total premiums (TWP) to nearly $200 million in TWP.

Brown & Brown expands analytics team

Brown & Brown has expanded its team, adding Hamzeh Gol-Zaroudi as senior catastrophe modeling analysts, and Scott Kaminski, Caleb Blodgett and Thomas Scott as analytics and research and development (R&D) actuaries.

  • Gol-Zaroudi works as a senior CAT modeling analyst, focusing on real estate and energy team initiatives, particularly technical risk quantification research and exposure data strategy. Before joining Brown & Brown, Gol-Zaroudi worked in research and modelling. He is a Licensed Structural Engineer (SE), Licensed Professional Civil Engineer (PE) and Certified Event Modeler (CEEM).
  • Kaminski joins the team as Research Actuary and will focus on R&D projects quantifying risk in cyber, D&O and non-CAT real estate. Before joining Brown & Brown, Kaminski worked on the airline side for over 20 years in financial reporting, predictive modeling, reservations and pricing for commercial lines.
  • Blodgett is a scientific actuary specializing in risk modeling for cyber liability. Prior to Brown & Brown, Blodgett worked at an insurance carrier in a variety of data science and actuarial roles including pricing, analytics and predictive modeling.
  • Scott also works as a research associate on the team, specializing in real estate and D&O risk modelling. Before joining Brown & Brown, he worked for an insurance carrier in various actuarial and analytical roles.

Brown & Brown appoints Matthew Siciliani as EVP, Healthcare Growth Officer

Brown & Brown has appointed Matthew Siciliani as executive vice president, healthcare growth officer of its healthcare team. Siciliani will be based out of the Sacramento office. Siciliani brings over 25 years of experience providing venture finance solutions to healthcare organizations across the country.

Prior to joining Brown & Brown, Siciliani was Senior Vice President of Underwriting and Business Development at Premier Insurance Management Services, Inc. and The American Excess Insurance Exchange, a reciprocal RRG (AEIX). Prior to that, he was an underwriting officer at Doctor’s Management Company for 16 years.

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