Pioneer News

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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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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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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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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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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19-Dec-2018

Pioneer reaffirms commitment to North American professional liability market

Pioneer Underwriters (“Pioneer”) has today reaffirmed its commitment to the North American professional liability market, ahead of next year’s renewals. The business is led by Patrick Comerford and remains a core part of Pioneer’s underwriting op..

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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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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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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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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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24-Jan-2018

Pioneer expands Misc, Tech & Cyber Division with the appointment of Dave Sarnoski

Pioneer Underwriters (‘Pioneer’) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Sarnoski as Senior Underwriter in its Miscellaneous, Technology and Cyber Liability division. He reports directly to David Lucey, Vice President - Miscellaneous, Tech..

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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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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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04-Jan-2018

Pioneer expands FI operation with the appointment of Marie-Ange Rosnet

Pioneer Underwriters (‘Pioneer’) is pleased to announce the appointment of Marie-Ange Rosnet as an Underwriter in its Financial Institutions division. She reports to Richard Coello and is based in London. Marie-Ange has over five years’ exper..

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02-Jan-2018

Pioneer launches Ocean Marine division with appointment of Zach McAbee

Pioneer Underwriters (‘Pioneer’) is pleased to announce a new Ocean Marine underwriting capability with the appointment of Zach McAbee as Head of Ocean Marine. Zach is based in Seattle, WA and reports to Gene Hinman, Chief Executive Officer of Pi..

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14-Dec-2017

Pioneer Underwriters receives approval to start underwriting 1/1/2018

LONDON: Pioneer Underwriters today announces that it has received approval from Lloyd’s for Syndicate 1980 to commence underwriting business attaching on or after 1 January 2018. Pioneer Syndicate 1980 will have a gross premium income of £278m an..

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13-Dec-2017

Pioneer builds E&S Property operation with the appointment of Kellie Reese

Pioneer Underwriters (‘Pioneer’) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kellie Reese as an Underwriter in its recently launched E&S Property operation. She will report to Dave Phillips, based in Alpharetta, Georgia. Kellie is an impres..

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06-Nov-2017

Pioneer launches Property E&S operation with the appointment of David Phillips

Pioneer Underwriters (‘Pioneer’) is pleased to announce the launch of its new Property E&S operation. The team will be led by David Phillips, based in Alpharetta, Georgia. David brings over two decades of property insurance experience to ..

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17-Oct-2017

Pioneer promotes Kate McCluskey to Head of Professional Indemnity International and US Excess

Pioneer Underwriters (‘Pioneer’), the virtual insurer, is pleased to announce the promotion of Kate McCluskey to Head of Professional Indemnity International and US Excess. Kate is based in London and will report directly to Graeme Rayner, Group ..

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12-Oct-2017

Pioneer responds to market needs with unique offering for Specialty Contractors

Pioneer Underwriters today announced the introduction of higher primary General Liability (GL) policy limit options for specialty contractors. Limits have been raised to $2mn each occurrence; $4mn general and products/completed operations aggrega..

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21-Sep-2017

Pioneer Underwriters receives ‘in principle’ approval to establish Lloyd’s Syndicate

LONDON: Pioneer Underwriters and Asta, the leading third party managing agent at Lloyd’s, today announce they have received “in principle” approval from Lloyd’s to establish a syndicate. Pioneer commenced underwriting in 2011 and has built a ..

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22-Aug-2017

Pioneer Special Risk unveils new cyber suite coverage for allied healthcare

Pioneer Special Risk, noted for innovative insurance products, today announces the launch of a new suite of cyber coverage insuring allied healthcare entities against a host of digital risks. This product is an addition to the allied healthcare p..

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15-Aug-2017

Pioneer announces CPL coverage expansion for specialty contractors

Pioneer Special Risk, noted for innovative insurance products, today announces the launch of a new optional coverage expansion election for specialty contractors. Effective immediately, Pioneer Special Risk offers specialty contractors the o..

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25-Jul-2017

Pioneer appoints Stephanie Doggart as Marine Underwriter

Pioneer Underwriters (‘Pioneer’), the entrepreneurial insurer, is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephanie Doggart as Marine Underwriter within its Preferred Partners team. Stephanie reports directly to Sophie Chapman, Head Underwriter of..

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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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05-Jun-2017

Pioneer expands Engineering offering with appointment of Dan Watson

Pioneer Underwriters (‘Pioneer’) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dan Watson as an Underwriter in its Engineering division. Dan reports directly to Peter Rossell, Head of Engineering, and is based in London. Dan brings over a decade ..

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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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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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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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13-Mar-2017

Pioneer Bolsters Renewable Energy Business with Industry Expert

Building on the recent launch of Pioneer’s Renewable Energy platform in January 2017, Pioneer has appointed Captain Peter Hodgetts as an exclusive service provider for renewable energy business. Warren Diogo comments: “I’m delighted to be wor..

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31-Jan-2017

Pioneer expands Environmental Liability offering with appointment of Maria Rozew

Pioneer Underwriters (‘Pioneer’) is pleased to announce the appointment of Maria Rozew as Assistant Vice President to its Environmental Liability team, effective immediately. Maria will report to Jessica Huhn-Kenzik, Vice President of Environment..

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17-Jan-2017

Pioneer appoints Denise Cea Katz as Vice President of Business Development

Pioneer Underwriters (‘Pioneer’) announces the immediate appointment of Denise Cea Katz as Vice President, Business Development. Denise will report directly to Gene Hinman, Chief Executive Officer of Pioneer’s US underwriting platform, Pioneer Sp..

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10-Jan-2017

Pioneer launches Miscellaneous, Technology and Cyber Liability Division

Pioneer Underwriters (‘Pioneer’) announces its new Miscellaneous, Technology and Cyber Liability unit with the appointment of David Lucey as Vice President to lead the new team. David will report directly to Gene Hinman, Chief Executive Officer o..

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16-Dec-2016

Pioneer Underwriters establishes renewable energy underwriting capability

Pioneer Underwriters (Pioneer) announces its new renewable energy underwriting capability with the appointment of Warren Diogo, effective immediately. The renewable energy team will be based in London and led by Diogo, reporting to Graeme Rayner,..

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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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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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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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24-Feb-2016

Pioneer launches Operational Power division

Pioneer Underwriters (‘Pioneer’) announces a new operational power underwriting capability. The team consists of Tom Wilson and Stuart Brazier and will report to Eamon Brown, group director of underwriting. Writing globally on Lloyd’s paper, ..

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17-Feb-2016

Pioneer Special Risk commences underwriting environmental liability

Pioneer Underwriters announces that Pioneer Special Risk (PSR) has commenced underwriting environmental liability, led by Jessica Huhn-Kenzik, vice president, via its newly established division in Exton, Pennsylvania. PSR has been approved as..

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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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13-Jan-2016

Pioneer launches Environmental Liability division with appointment of Jessica Huhn-Kenzik

Pioneer Underwriters (‘Pioneer’) announces its new Environmental Liability unit with the appointment of Jessica Huhn-Kenzik as Vice President to lead the new team. She is joined by Jessica Heflin as Assistant Vice President. Both appointments are..

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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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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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01-Dec-2015

Pioneer launches International Property Facultative Division

Pioneer Underwriters (‘Pioneer’) today announces the launch of its new International Property Facultative Division, which will be led by Robert Coker as Head of International Property Facultative, who joins Pioneer today. He will report to Andrew..

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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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04-Aug-2015

Pioneer launches Excess and Surplus Casualty division with appointment of Jim Pratte

Pioneer Underwriters (‘Pioneer’) announces its new Excess & Surplus Casualty underwriting capability, with the appointment of Jim Pratte as Executive Vice President, effective immediately. He will report to Darren Doherty, CEO of Pioneer Unde..

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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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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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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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27-May-2015

Pioneer Special Risk commences underwriting Allied Healthcare via Chicago office

Pioneer Underwriters (‘Pioneer’) announces that Pioneer Special Risk (PSR) has commenced underwriting Allied Healthcare, led by Jim Stewart, Senior Vice President, via its Chicago based branch. Pioneer Special Risk has been approved as a Cove..

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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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08-Apr-2015

Pioneer Launches Allied Healthcare Capability with hire of Jim Stewart

Pioneer Underwriters (‘Pioneer’) announces its new Allied Healthcare underwriting capability, with the appointment of Jim Stewart as Senior Vice President, Allied Healthcare, effective immediately. He will report to Gary Dubois, President of Pion..

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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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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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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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09-Dec-2014

Pioneer Special Risk commences underwriting via its New York office

Pioneer Underwriters (‘Pioneer’) announces that Pioneer Special Risk (PSR), led by Gary Dubois, President, has commenced underwriting via its New York based division. Pioneer Special Risk has been approved as a Coverholder at Lloyd’s for cert..

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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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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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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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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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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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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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16-Oct-2013

Pioneer Underwriting Ltd announces new Pioneer Engineering business

Pioneer Underwriting Limited today announced the expansion of its underwriting portfolio with the establishment of Pioneer Engineering, and appointment of a dedicated engineering underwriter, Peter Rossell. Pioneer Engineering will initially ..

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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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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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16-May-2013

Pioneer Establishes North American Primary PI Underwriting Unit

Specialist Managing General Agency (MGA) Pioneer Underwriting Limited announced today that it has created a North American Primary PI Underwriting Unit, continuing with its development strategy. The MGA has appointed Patrick Comerford, former..

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23-Apr-2013

Pioneer strengthen underwriting platform

Specialist Managing General Agency Pioneer Underwriting Limited has appointed Jonathan Matthews as Chief Operating Officer as part of its plan to broaden the expertise and reach of its underwriting business. Commenting on the news Darren Dohe..

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28-Mar-2013

New Lloyd’s Consortium to write a US Professional Indemnity account

We are pleased to announce that Brian Denton and his Professional Indemnity team have set up a new Lloyd’s Consortium to write a US Professional Indemnity account. Aimed at firms with fees of USD 50m and over, this is another positive endorsement..

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26-Feb-2013

Pioneer PCM has had a record breaking January

Pioneer Property, Casualty & Marine (PCM) has enjoyed a record breaking January. £11.5 million of written premium in January 2013 ($19m), with a full year estimate of £29 million ($48m) binder period written premium...

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25-Jan-2013

Pioneer open office in Lloyd's

Pioneer PI are pleased to announce the opening of their Lloyd’s office. Brian Denton and team look forward to welcoming you to our new office on the 4th floor of the Lloyd’s building. We are in room 20, near the Tower 1 lifts and the escalators...

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05-Sep-2012

Pioneer appoint Gene Hinman as Executive Vice President

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Gene Hinman, as EVP of Pioneer US. Gene will being joining us on Monday 25th June. Gene, formerly Senior Vice President at Axis, will establish Pioneer USA, Pioneer’s new cross-class, multi-line del..

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05-Sep-2012

Pioneer to launch Professional Indemnity team

Pioneer Underwriting is pleased to announce the launch of Pioneer PI, which will commence underwriting on 1st August 2012. The new platform will write both international and US PI business. The team will be led by Brian Denton, who will join ..

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05-Sep-2012

Record breaking July for Pioneer

Pioneer Underwriting are enjoying a record breaking July for written premium. Calendar year to date Pioneer have written £20 million of gross premium, with July alone representing £7.3 million (an increase of £4.8 million on..

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