May/June 2017 Comings and Goings

Angela Burgess, FCAS, MAAA, was recently named as senior vice president and chief actuary of Assurant, Inc., a Fortune 500 global provider of specialty insurance products and risk management solutions in the housing and lifestyle markets. Burgess, based in Miami, Florida, oversees a team of 100 actuaries worldwide and serves as the Miami CAS exam site coordinator.

Paul G. O’Connell, FCAS, MAAA, has been promoted to senior vice president and chief actuary at Chubb Group. O’Connell will oversee all actuarial functions, including reserving, pricing and capital performance measurement. Prior to ACE’s acquisition of Chubb in January 2016, O’Connell was chief actuary, global property and casualty for ACE, a position he held since 2010. Prior to joining ACE in 2002, he was a principal at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

QBE North America has appointed John A. Beckman, FCAS, as its new chief underwriting officer. Beckman will be responsible for leading the company’s efforts to enhance existing underwriting practices and processes, including product development, technical leadership and risk appetite. Beckman most recently served as senior vice president and chief transformation officer at CNA Insurance. Beckman was the chief underwriting officer of CNA’s commercial insurance business from 2011 to 2015.

Uri Korn, FCAS, MAAA, is the 2017 recipient of the CAS Ratemaking Prize for his paper “An Alternative Approach to Credibility for Large Account and Excess of Loss Treaty Pricing.” Korn is the industry analytics leader for AIG Client Risk Solutions. His work and research experience includes practical applications of credibility, trend estimation, increased limit factors, non-aggregated loss development methods and Bayesian models. Korn’s paper is posted in the 2017 Spring E-Forum.