May/Jun 2021 Comings and Goings

Pinnacle Actuarial Resources welcomed three new actuarial consultants to its team. CAS Fellows Gaétan Veilleux and Kunshan Yin, and CAS Associate Travis Murnan were hired to enhance Pinnacle’s modeling, data science and risk analytics expertise.

Christopher Laws, FCAS, has been appointed to executive vice president and chief actuary of Employers Holdings, Inc. Laws succeeds CAS President-Elect Katherine Antonello as chief actuary. CAS Fellow Antonello was chosen president and chief executive officer of Employers.

Chubb Tempest Re named Sam Peters, FCAS, division president of Chubb Tempest Re Bermuda. Peters currently serves as chief actuary for the same organization and Chubb Bermuda.

Iva Yuan, FCAS, has joined ICW Group Insurance Companies as vice president, product and pricing. Yuan brings more than 20 years of P&C insurance industry experience to the organization.

EMC Insurance Companies has promoted Derek Dunnagan, MBA, FCAS, CPCU, to vice president-pricing and modeling. Dunnagan now co-leads of the company’s actuary department and joined EMC in 2017 as an assistant vice president-principal actuary.

Applied Underwriters in Omaha, Nebraska announced several promotions. Justin Smith, FCAS, MAAA, is chief underwriting officer. He joined the organization in 2006 and has taught at Oxford University, worked as government economist in the U.K., and holds 10 patents in the insurance field. Named chief actuary, Jing Hong, FSA, ACAS, MAAA, joined in 2009 and worked previously at Aon Hewitt and Kaiser. Joan Klucarich, FCAS, MAAA, is chief reserving actuary. She worked for Fireman’s Fund and Milliman prior to joining the company in 2005. Jordan Comacchio, ACAS, ASA, chief pricing actuary, recently joined the company from Greenlight Re, where he was the corporate actuary.

Greg Talbot, FCAS, has been promoted to vice president of actuarial at Summit, a leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance services in the southeastern U.S. He joined Summit as an actuary in 2010 and most recently served as assistant vice president of actuarial.

Constellation, Inc. announced that Ryan Crawford, FCAS, currently Constellation’s senior vice president of insurance operations, will succeed Bill McDonough as the company’s president and chief executive officer effective June 1, 2021. Crawford has also been elected to Constellation’s board of directors.

Eduard Alpin, FCAS, has been named chief actuary for Resilience Cyber Insurance Solutions. He joined Resilience in April and most recently served as the director of cyber solutions at Verisk Analytics. He led the ISO Cyber Rating Plan development and launched the Cyber Data Exchange, a first-of-its-kind global data-sharing platform.

Samuel J.Y. Tashima, FCAS, MAAA, MBA, has been named one of 40 winners of the 2021 Business Insurance Break Out Awards. The awards program recognizes the next generation of insurance industry leaders; nominations are open to anyone working in the commercial insurance and risk management sector who has no more than 15 years’ experience in the industry. Tashima was nominated by an office coworker and will be highlighted as part of the June issue of Business Insurance. He is director & actuary, U.S.–actuarial & analytics for Aon’s Global Risk Consulting in commercial risk solutions.


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