Maryellen Coggins, FCAS, CERA, MAAA, began a one-year term as president of the American Academy of Actuaries in November 2021. Coggins’s service on CAS committees includes membership on the Education Structure Implementation Task Force CERA and the Enterprise Risk Management Symposium Joint CAS/SOA Program Committee, and vice chairperson for the ERM Committee. Coggins previously served for six years on the Actuarial Standards Board, including as chairperson from 2016 to 2017. From 2011 to 2013, she was the Academy’s vice president, risk management and financial reporting. She is a managing director, risk and capital management services, at PwC in Boston.
Stephanie Lynn, FCAS, ARM, has been named vice president, enterprise risk management, for the stock insurer Church Mutual Insurance Company. Lynn’s role will include oversight and strategic direction for the organization’s enterprise risk and business continuity programs, which includes negotiating and managing corporate reinsurance and insurance contracts. She has been with Church Mutual for almost eight years, having joined the company as an actuarial consultant. Most recently, she served as ERM senior director/actuary and is currently the president the company’s Women’s Leadership Initiative. Since 2016 she has served on the CAS Membership Advisory Panel and joined the Exam Committee in 2021.
The insurtech Hourly, an insurance intermediary and developer of a workers’ compensation technology platform, has hired Tomer Eilam, FCAS, as its chief risk & analytics officer. Eilam has focused most of his 20+ year career on California’s complex workers’ compensation system. Among his new duties, he will oversee an initiative to prevent work-related injuries with targeted safety content through the company’s platform. Eilam previously served as chief actuary at Atlas General Insurance Services, the president of Titan Claims Management and chief actuary at
Arrowhead. He also served on the Actuarial Committee of the California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau.
Robert Osicki, FCAS, FCIA, has been appointed chief insurance officer for SGI Canada. He will oversee the corporate insurance division, which includes corporate claims, product management, pricing and corporate underwriting. Osicki joined SGI Canada in 2004 while studying actuarial science at the University of Regina. He took on increasingly senior actuarial roles and most recently served as the vice president of product management and corporate underwriting.
Jon Levy, FCAS, MAAA, is the first recipient of the Certificate in Risk Governance in Bermuda. The Certificate is awarded to those who have completed an intensive 17-course education program and evaluation. The curriculum is designed for current and aspiring board members who seek to advance the governance of risk-taking at their organizations and those who interact with boards. In 2020 Levy became president and CEO of Watford Re Ltd., a global P&C insurance and reinsurance company in Bermuda. From the company’s inception in 2014, he served as its CRO. Levy has over 20 years of insurance experience, in which he held roles as chief pricing actuary, corporate actuary and senior consultant for multiple companies.
Erie Insurance (ERIE) has named Dorothy Leemhuis, FCAS, as vice president and corporate risk officer, leading the enterprise risk management department in ERIE’s actuarial division. In her previous role as director of actuarial modeling and data analytics, she led a team responsible for the actuarial modeling of ERIE’s auto, home and business insurance products. In 2020 Leemhuis played a critical leadership role in the design, modeling and successful refresh of the popular ERIE Rate Lock® auto insurance feature.
Jonathan Charak, FCAS, MAAA, has been named one of 100 professionals who made the Insurance Business (IBA) annual Hot 100 list for 2022. Nominated by insurance professionals throughout the U.S., the honorees exhibit can-do attitudes in the face of adversity, solid understanding of themselves and the industry, and willingness to extend a helping hand to the next generation of insurance professionals. Charak is the vice president-emerging solutions director for Zurich North America.
Ariel Re, the Bermuda-based reinsurer, has appointed Apryle Oswald, FCAS, to the newly created role of chief analytics officer. Oswald will be based in Ariel Re’s Bermuda office. She will lead the team responsible for providing the company with leading-edge analytics to promote superior underwriting capabilities. She will also support the global data management and governance, research and develop new data analytics capabilities, and expand the company’s current analytics abilities. She most recently served as portfolio manager at Nephila Capital. Oswald is a chartered financial analyst and certified life coach.
AIA General Bhd, a subsidiary of AIA Bhd, has appointed Gary Hoo, FCAS, FSA, as its new CEO. He will provide strategic leadership and oversee day-to-day operations to ensure the continuous growth and sustainability of the business. In his previous post as AIA General’s head of conventional business and its appointed actuary, he spearheaded the license separation and formation of the company as a new entity as well as launched AIA’s flagship personal accident, motor and fire insurance products.
State Auto announced the intention of Liberty Mutual Insurance to appoint Kim Garland, FCAS, as president of State Auto, following the completion of Liberty Mutual’s pending acquisition, which is expected in 2022. Garland joined State Auto in 2015 and is currently senior vice president of personal & commercial lines and managing director of State Auto Labs, the company’s corporate venture capital fund that he helped found. Garland also led the rebuild and restructuring of State Auto’s personal lines and commercial lines businesses. He was previously chief product officer for AIG’s Global P&C Consumer Division.
Chris Schumacher, FCAS, CSPA, MAAA, has been promoted to assistant vice president-senior actuary for Church Mutual Insurance Company S.I., which is based in Wisconsin. He has 14 years of experience in the insurance industry, 10 of which were with Church Mutual, and has a specialization in deep learning
Michael Branson, ACAS, has been hired as senior actuarial analyst for AXA XL’s North America Programs business unit. His experience includes six years with Liberty Mutual where he supported global risk solutions, global retail markets and capital attribution.