BHSI enters commercial hull in Australasia, hires Hesson from QBE; Hannover Re appoints Swiss Re’s Ooi to oversee P/C growth in APAC

This edition of International People Moves details appointments at Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance and Hannover Re.

A summary of these new recruits follows here.

BHSI enters commercial hull in Australasia and hires QBE’s Hesson

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) announced its expansion into the commercial shell segment in Australasia and appointed Jacques HessonUnderwriting Manager, Marine.

Hesson has over 20 years experience in the insurance industry, most specializing in hull and marine liability. He was most recently Northern Regional Manager, Marine Specialty Risks, focusing on marine hull, liability, protection and indemnity (P&I), at QBE in Sydney.

“We are delighted to further expand the range of specialist products that BHSI can now offer our customers and brokers in Australia and New Zealand,” commented Mark Lingafelter, President, BHSI, Australasia.

“Jake comes to BHSI with exceptional marine expertise and local market knowledge experience,” said Dimitry Zilberud, Marine Manager, BHSI Australasia. “With Jake at the helm, we look forward to expanding our marine product portfolio and building new hull business relationships across Australasia.”

Hesson is based in Sydney and can be contacted at [email protected]


Hannover Re appoints Ooi Oversee P/C Swiss Re expansion in Asia-Pacific

Hannover Rück SE named Sharon Ooi as an additional member of the Group Management Board, from January 2023.

Hannover Re said it was strengthening its focus on Asia as a growth region. Ooi will oversee the further expansion of Hannover Re’s P&C reinsurance business in Asia Pacific.

Sharon Ooi

Ooi comes from Swiss Re and will be primarily based in Hong Kong. She joined Swiss Re in Asia in 2006 and most recently served as Head of Australia and New Zealand in Sydney. Prior to that, she held various positions within the P&C business of the reinsurer in Asia. She holds an Honors degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the National University of Singapore.

“With Sharon Ooi, we were able to attract an internationally recognized expert for the Asia-Pacific growth region to Hannover Re,” said Torsten Leue, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Hannover Re. with her.”

“I am delighted to welcome Sharon to Hannover Re’s Board of Directors. She will play a crucial role in Hannover Re’s continued expansion in Asia-Pacific as the region gradually evolves to become the largest market insurance company in the world,” said Jean-Jacques Henchoz, Managing Director of Hannover Re. “Sharon has proven skills in various roles in the region and has intimate knowledge of the markets.”

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