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Pioneer Underwriters has reached an agreement to combine with K2 Insurance Services LLC

04-Feb-2020

Pioneer Underwriters has reached an agreement to combine with K2 Insurance Services LLC

Pioneer Underwriters, (“Pioneer”), the underwriting services organisation, today announces that it has agreed commercial terms for a transaction with specialty insurance services holding company, K2 Insurance Services LLC (“K2&r..

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Strategic update

15-Nov-2019

Strategic update

Pioneer Underwriters (“Pioneer”) has completed a wide ranging exercise to examine optimal strategic and capital options for 2020 and beyond. Pioneer’s core operations, the underwriting services business (MGA), has been remediated to provide incre..

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Hazel Beveridge appointed as Chief Actuary at Pioneer

03-Sep-2019

Hazel Beveridge appointed as Chief Actuary at Pioneer

Pioneer Underwriters (“Pioneer”) today announces that it has appointed Hazel Beveridge as Chief Actuary, effective 01 September 2019. She reports to Andrew McMellin, CEO of Pioneer and will join the Executive Committee. Hazel brings over 20 y..

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Pioneer’s Erik Johnson named CII’s unsung hero 2019

05-Jul-2019

Pioneer’s Erik Johnson named CII’s unsung hero 2019

Pioneer’s Head of Syndicate Management & European Distribution, Erik Johnson, was recently awarded the Unsung Hero of the Year Award at the annual CII awards ceremony held in York on 26th June. The award is about recognising, rewarding a..

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Pioneer appoints Andrew Souter as head of capital

18-Jun-2019

Pioneer appoints Andrew Souter as head of capital

Pioneer Underwriters (“Pioneer”) today announces that it has appointed Andrew Souter as head of capital at Pioneer, effective 19 August and reporting to Andrew McMellin, Pioneer CEO. As head of capital, Souter will be responsible for the capital ..

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Pioneer appoints Nick Greggains as US CEO

15-Mar-2019

Pioneer appoints Nick Greggains as US CEO

Pioneer Underwriters (“Pioneer”) today announces that it has appointed Nick Greggains as CEO of Pioneer’s US operation. Nick Greggains, who takes up his appointment on 25th March, will be based in New York and will report to Andrew McMellin, Pion..

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Pioneer appoints Andrew Corton as a project cargo underwriter

14-Feb-2019

Pioneer appoints Andrew Corton as a project cargo underwriter

Pioneer Underwriters (“Pioneer”) today announces that it has appointed Andrew Corton as a project cargo underwriter, effective 1st March. Corton will be based in London and will report to Brook Styles, underwriter in marine specialty, and will un..

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Pioneer creates single global platform for Financial Institutions

31-Jan-2019

Pioneer creates single global platform for Financial Institutions

Pioneer Underwriters (“Pioneer”) today announces it has unified its Financial Institutions (FI) businesses into one overarching global underwriting operation. Richard Coello leads the global FI team which will be responsible for all FI business w..

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Pioneer Underwriters (“Pioneer”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew McMellin as chief Executive Officer

25-Sep-2018

Pioneer Underwriters (“Pioneer”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew McMellin as chief Executive Officer

Pioneer Underwriters (“Pioneer”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew McMellin as chief executive officer, effective 8th October 2018 and pending regulatory approval. Dane Douetil, CEO of Pioneer’s parent company, Minova Insurance..

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Pioneer strengthens political violence offering with appointment of Mark Kelsey

21-Sep-2018

Pioneer strengthens political violence offering with appointment of Mark Kelsey

Pioneer Underwriters (‘Pioneer’) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Kelsey as an underwriter in the Pioneer Political Violence team. Kelsey has nine years of experience in the specialty political violence space and joins from Adv..

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Pioneer CAT team expands with the appointment of James Sharpington

23-Jul-2018

Pioneer CAT team expands with the appointment of James Sharpington

Pioneer Underwriters is pleased to announce the appointment of James Sharpington as an Underwriter in the Pioneer CAT team, effective July 2018. He will report to David Carson, Head Underwriter, Pioneer CAT. James has a strong track record in..

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Pioneer appoints Simon Gaffney as Group Chief Operating Officer

01-May-2018

Pioneer appoints Simon Gaffney as Group Chief Operating Officer

Pioneer Underwriters (“Pioneer”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Gaffney as Group Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately, he will report to Dane Douetil, Group Chief Executive Officer of Pioneer and be based in London. ..

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Pioneer launches new product to address cyber risk for investment managers

18-Jan-2018

Pioneer launches new product to address cyber risk for investment managers

This morning, Thursday 18th January 2018, Pioneer Underwriters hosted a breakfast briefing at which, with the help of industry experts, they launched a unique product that addresses the specific needs of investment managers in relation to cyber e..

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Pioneer launches Latin American operation to access regional business

08-Jan-2018

Pioneer launches Latin American operation to access regional business

Pioneer Underwriters (‘Pioneer’), today announces the launch of its Latin American business with the opening of a regional hub and the appointment of four highly regarded insurance professionals as Senior Vice Presidents. The move is consistent w..

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Pioneer Underwriters appoints Head of Catastrophe Risk and Exposure Management

18-Jul-2017

Pioneer Underwriters appoints Head of Catastrophe Risk and Exposure Management

Pioneer Underwriters (‘Pioneer’), the entrepreneurial insurer, is pleased to announce the appointment of Anand Hari as Head of Catastrophe Risk and Exposure Management. Anand reports directly to Graeme Rayner, Group Director of Underwriting and i..

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Pioneer Underwriters named ‘Insurer of the Year’ for the second year running at HFM Week awards 2017

04-May-2017

Pioneer Underwriters named ‘Insurer of the Year’ for the second year running at HFM Week awards 2017

Pioneer Underwriters is proud to announce that it has been named ‘Insurer of the Year’ for the second year running, by leading hedge fund industry publication HFM Week. The accolade was collected by Richard Coello, Head of Financial Institutions ..

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Pioneer expands its US Professional Liability capability with two new appointments

20-Apr-2017

Pioneer expands its US Professional Liability capability with two new appointments

Pioneer Underwriters (‘Pioneer’) is pleased to announce the immediate appointments of Milan Devetak as Senior Underwriter and Andrew Nowlan as Underwriter in the Miscellaneous, Technology & Cyber Liability Division of its US underwriting plat..

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Pioneer appoints Rolando Rodriguez as Vice President of Diversified Financial Services

19-Apr-2017

Pioneer appoints Rolando Rodriguez as Vice President of Diversified Financial Services

Pioneer Underwriters (‘Pioneer’) is pleased to announce the appointment of Rolando Rodriguez as Vice President of Diversified Financial Services at Pioneer Special Risk (PSR), effective immediately. Rolando is based in New York and reports direct..

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Graeme Rayner joins Pioneer as Group Director of Underwriting

14-Oct-2016

Graeme Rayner joins Pioneer as Group Director of Underwriting

Pioneer Underwriters (‘Pioneer’) announces that Graeme Rayner has commenced his role as Group Director of Underwriting, reporting to Chief Executive Officer, Darren Doherty. Mr Rayner, whose appointment was first announced in August 2016, joi..

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Pioneer appoints Graeme Rayner as Group Director of Underwriting

11-Aug-2016

Pioneer appoints Graeme Rayner as Group Director of Underwriting

Pioneer Underwriters (‘Pioneer’) announces the appointment of Graeme Rayner as Group Director of Underwriting responsible for leading Pioneer's global underwriting operations, subject to regulatory approval. Rayner will take up the position on 3r..

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David Foster commences role as Group Chief Financial Officer of Pioneer Underwriters

09-Mar-2016

David Foster commences role as Group Chief Financial Officer of Pioneer Underwriters

Pioneer Underwriters is pleased to announce that David Foster has commenced his role as Group Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Subject to regulatory approval, he also joins the Board of Pioneer Underwriting Holdings Ltd and relevan..

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Pioneer Underwriters launches comprehensive property investment manager insurance product

28-Jan-2016

Pioneer Underwriters launches comprehensive property investment manager insurance product

Pioneer Underwriters (“Pioneer”) today announces the launch of its comprehensive financial lines product aimed at property investment managers. The product is designed not only to cover investment management activities and be compliant with the A..

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Pioneer’s client relationships ensures effective underwriting of mobile operators

11-Dec-2015

Pioneer’s client relationships ensures effective underwriting of mobile operators

The current environment of low commodity prices is causing well documented challenges to the mining industries - a setting which could raise concerns about the risk management processes of the mobile operators that supply the industry. This is ba..

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Pioneer appoints David Foster as Group Chief Financial Officer

03-Dec-2015

Pioneer appoints David Foster as Group Chief Financial Officer

Pioneer Underwriters is pleased to announce the appointment of David Foster as Group Chief Financial Officer. He will take up his post on 7 March 2016 and subject to regulatory approval he will join the Board of Pioneer Underwriting Holdings Ltd ..

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Pioneer Special Risk Commences Underwriting Excess and Surplus Casualty via its Atlanta Office

16-Oct-2015

Pioneer Special Risk Commences Underwriting Excess and Surplus Casualty via its Atlanta Office

Pioneer Underwriters (‘Pioneer’) announces that Pioneer Special Risk has commenced underwriting Excess & Surplus Casualty, led by Jim Pratte – Executive Vice President, via its Atlanta based office. Pioneer Underwriters has been approved..

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Pioneer partners with Simmons & Simmons LLP

25-Jun-2015

Pioneer partners with Simmons & Simmons LLP

Pioneer Underwriting Limited today announces its partnership with Simmons & Simmons, a leading international law firm, to provide regulatory and risk management support to Pioneer’s financial institutions clients. The regulatory and risk..

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Pioneer launches new Zero Capital AIFMD policy

09-Jun-2015

Pioneer launches new Zero Capital AIFMD policy

Pioneer Underwriting Limited today announces the launch of its Zero Capital AIFMD Investment Management Insurance Policy. This innovative solution provides businesses with a policy that enables full capital relief from the 'other funds' provision..

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Pioneer Underwriters announces a new addition to the capacity backing our Pioneer CAT team

30-May-2015

Pioneer Underwriters announces a new addition to the capacity backing our Pioneer CAT team

Pioneer Underwriters is delighted to announce a new addition to the capacity backing our Pioneer CAT team. For business incepting on or after 1st January 2016 our traditional US property treaty capacity will be boosted by the addition of PICC..

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Paul W. Springman to Chair Board of Pioneer Underwriting Holdings Inc. as United States growth strat

20-May-2015

Paul W. Springman to Chair Board of Pioneer Underwriting Holdings Inc. as United States growth strat

Pioneer Underwriters is pleased to announce that Paul W. Springman will take up the role of Non-Executive Chairman of the board of Pioneer Underwriting Holdings Inc., the US based holding company overseeing Pioneer’s expanding underwriting operat..

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Pioneer announces Marine Specialty Capability

05-Mar-2015

Pioneer announces Marine Specialty Capability

Pioneer Underwriters (‘Pioneer’) announces its new marine specialty underwriting capability, led by newly appointed Grant Witheat as Head of Marine Specialty, reporting to Darren Doherty CEO of Pioneer Underwriters. Supported by selected syn..

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Pioneer Natural Resources Commences Underwriting

11-Feb-2015

Pioneer Natural Resources Commences Underwriting

Pioneer Underwriters (‘Pioneer’) announces its new Zurich based underwriting business Pioneer Natural Resources (PNR) has commenced underwriting. PNR will be led by newly appointed Colm Kelly as Head of Natural Resources. Supported by select..

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Pioneer Underwriters Launches EU Regulatory Product for Global Alternative Investment Managers

05-Feb-2015

Pioneer Underwriters Launches EU Regulatory Product for Global Alternative Investment Managers

Pioneer Underwriters (“Pioneer”) today announces the launch of a new EU regulatory compliant product for alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs). This specialist product is aimed at AIFMs domiciled outside of the EU, which in addition to pro..

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Pioneer Underwriters appoints Richard Coello to Lead Financial Institutions Division

05-Dec-2014

Pioneer Underwriters appoints Richard Coello to Lead Financial Institutions Division

Pioneer Underwriters (‘Pioneer’) announces today, the appointment of Richard Coello as Head of Financial Institutions with immediate effect. He will be supported by existing Senior Underwriter Simon Holt. Richard was previously Assistant Gene..

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Pioneer Launches Financial Institutions Offering

09-Sep-2014

Pioneer Launches Financial Institutions Offering

Pioneer Underwriting Limited (Pioneer) is pleased to announce the launch of its Financial Institutions (FI) offering with the appointment of Simon Holt as Financial Institutions Underwriter. Pioneer expects to grow the team further with additiona..

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Pioneer Underwriters relocates to 7 Bishopsgate

24-Jun-2014

Pioneer Underwriters relocates to 7 Bishopsgate

Pioneer Underwriters (‘Pioneer’) announces that, with effect from 23 June, the company will move its headquarters to 7 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 3AR. Pioneer’s ISN 1980 will maintain its office on the 4th floor of the Lloyd’s building. A..

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Pioneer announces the support of Qatar Re on Incidental Syndicate ISN 1980

19-Jun-2014

Pioneer announces the support of Qatar Re on Incidental Syndicate ISN 1980

Pioneer Underwriting Limited (“Pioneer”) is pleased to announce the support of Qatar Re on ISN 1980, operated in conjunction with Liberty Syndicate 4472, via a strategic quota share arrangement, commencing with the current 2014 year of account. ..

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Pioneer Underwriters Appoints Ian Clark and Eamon Brown as Non-Executive Directors

13-May-2014

Pioneer Underwriters Appoints Ian Clark and Eamon Brown as Non-Executive Directors

Pioneer Underwriting Ltd (‘Pioneer Underwriters’) announces the appointment of Ian Clark and Eamon Brown as Non-Executive Directors effective immediately subject to the necessary regulatory approvals. Ian Clark 54 was formerly a Senior Partn..

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Pioneer Underwriters are pleased to announce the launch of its Incidental Sub Syndicate

14-Jan-2014

Pioneer Underwriters are pleased to announce the launch of its Incidental Sub Syndicate

Pioneer Underwriters are pleased to announce the launch of its Incidental Sub Syndicate 1980 in conjunction with Liberty Syndicate 4472. 1980 began writing business effective the 1 January 2014, and will have a capacity of £70m in the first y..

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Pioneer Underwriting Ltd launches new division - Pioneer CAT

24-Sep-2013

Pioneer Underwriting Ltd launches new division - Pioneer CAT

We are pleased to announce that Pioneer Underwriting Limited has appointed David Carson to spearhead its new division ‘Pioneer CAT,’ incorporating property catastrophe reinsurance underwriting. David, former Head of Property Treaty at Hardy U..

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Former Lloyd’s Chairman joins Pioneer Underwriting Ltd Board

28-Aug-2013

Former Lloyd’s Chairman joins Pioneer Underwriting Ltd Board

Pioneer Underwriting Limited has announced that industry veteran Max Taylor has been appointed as Chairman of the Board. Mr Taylor, who began his career with Willis Faber and Dumas in 1970, has more than 40 years of industry experience coveri..

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