Mallika Bender, FCAS, MAAA, has joined the Casualty Actuarial Society as its first Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) staff actuary. Bender has worked for GEICO, QBE North America and Suncorp Insurance in Sydney, Australia, and most recently served as a consultant for Willis Towers Watson. She brings over a decade of experience supporting DE&I initiatives, including serving on multiple CAS diversity committees.
Robert F. “Bob” Brown, FCAS, has been appointed executive vice president and general manager of the Virginia Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Companies and Countryway Insurance Co. Brown previously served on Farm Bureau’s insurance management team as senior vice president of product development and actuarial.
CAS Research Actuary Brian A. Fannin, ACAS, CSPA, MAAA, has been elected to the board of ASTIN (Actuarial Studies in Non-Life Insurance). He will serve a two-year term. Also, in the spring of this year, ACTEX Learning published Fannin’s textbook R for Actuaries and Data Scientists, with Applications to Insurance. Written for anyone using R within the insurance industry, regardless of their prior programming experience, the book contains numerous code examples and uses insurance data for illustration.
Ascot Group has appointed Matthew Lillegard, FCAS, MAAA, as group chief actuary. He will be responsible for leading the company’s overall actuarial functions and will closely collaborate with Ascot’s underwriting, risk, ERM, IT and data strategy teams to create a comprehensive framework for analytical excellence. He joins Ascot from CNA Insurance, where he worked for over 20 years.
Mike Stienstra, FCAS, has been named chief actuary for the home insurance group Hippo and will be responsible for continuous risk evaluation and pricing. Stienstra previously worked for Chubb as senior vice president in charge of the personal risk services actuarial team.
Ryan Michel, FCAS, MAAA, president and CEO of the Allstate Insurance Company of Canada, was elected to the Insurance Bureau of Canada’s (IBC) board of directors as its chair. With over two decades of industry experience, Michel is accountable for five companies in the Allstate Canada Group of Companies (ACG) property and casualty insurance business.