Berkshire Hathaway bolsters leadership team


Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) has made a series of leadership appointments in its UK executive and professional lines business.

Berkshire Hathaway and its subsidiaries engage in diverse business activities including insurance and reinsurance, utilities and energy, freight rail transportation, manufacturing, retailing and services.

BHEI and BHIIL are affiliates of Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (BHSIC), a Nebraska USA domiciled corporation, which provides insurance in a range of sectors.

These include commercial property, casualty, healthcare professional liability, executive and professional lines, transactional liability, surety, marine, travel, programs, accident and health, medical stop loss, homeowners, and multinational insurance.

The series of leadership appointments include Jess Kirby, who has been named head of executive & professional lines, responsible for the management and leadership of BHSI’s Commercial Management Liability, Financial Institutions and Professional Indemnity businesses.

Kirby is stepping into the role previously occupied by Chris Warrior who will focus on driving technical underwriting excellence across each of BHSI’s Executive & Professional Lines segments.

Additionally, Tom Harris has been named head of commercial management liability, replacing Jess Kirby.

Rounding out BHSI’s UK Executive & Professional Lines leadership team are Janine McGriskin, head of financial lines, Dave Harries, executive underwriter and Maeve Kelleher, head of claims.

Chris Colahan, head of BHSI UK and Europe, said, “BHSI moves into 2023 with exceptionally strong momentum in our Executive & Professional Lines business. We look forward to continuing to provide customers and brokers with much-needed solutions that come with BHSI’s financial stability, service excellence and CLAIMS IS OUR PRODUCT philosophy.”

Earlier last year, Berkshire Hathaway completed its acquisition of insurance company Alleghany. The purchase represents a total equity value of $11.6bn. Alleghany shareholders received $848.02 in cash per share.

Upon the closing of the transaction, Alleghany became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. Alleghany continues to be led by Joe Brandon.

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