Nov/Dec 2014 Comings and Goings

Michael K. Chen, FCAS, MAAA, has joined Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc., as a consulting actuary in the Des Moines, Iowa, office. Since 2003, Chen worked as a commercial pricing actuary with FBL Financial Group, focusing on workers’ compensation and commercial auto. His experience also includes product management, loss reserving, loss cost projections, development and monitoring of key metrics and trend analysis. Prior to his work at FBL Financial Group, Chen was an actuarial analyst for the American Republic Insurance Company. He currently serves on the CAS Committee on Professionalism and the CAS Exam Committee. He was also a speaker at the 2013 CAS Annual Meeting and the Iowa Actuaries Club 2013 Actuarial Education Event.

The New Hampshire Insurance Department has appointed Deb Stone, FCAS, MAAA, as the director of financial regulation. Stone formerly served as an actuary and director of market regulation at the insurance department. Stone oversees a staff of eight, who support the financial regulation division’s three primary roles: financial examinations, financial analysis and company licensing.

Beth Fitzgerald, FCAS, MAAA, FCIA, CPCU, has been named president of ISO Insurance Programs and Analytic Services, the founding business unit of Verisk Analytics responsible for the company’s core insurance products and services. Fitzgerald joined ISO in 1980 as an actuarial assistant and most recently held the position of senior vice president of commercial lines. Over the course of her career at ISO, she has helped drive innovation in data management and pricing for both personal and commercial lines, including pioneering pricing models for catastrophe modeling and cyber insurance.

James P. McNichols, ACAS, MAAA, has been appointed chief actuarial officer at Greenlight Capital Re, Ltd., a specialist property and casualty reinsurer based in the Cayman Islands and Ireland. McNichols joins Greenlight Re from Southport Re, where he was chief actuarial officer since May 2012. Prior to joining Southport Re, McNichols was a consulting actuary at Aon Global Risk Consulting and spent 11 years at XL Group in a variety of roles. He has also held actuarial positions at Milliman & Robertson, Ernst & Young, Tillinghast/Towers Perrin and the St. Paul Companies.

Eduard J. Pulkstenis, FCAS, MAAA, CPCU, will join Hamilton Insurance Group’s U.S. operations, Hamilton USA, in the position of president, small business. Pulkstenis brings over 25 years’ experience in commercial lines business to his new position, most recently at Harbor Point Consulting Partners, a firm he co-founded. He has also held executive positions in a number of insurance companies, including Tower Group Companies and The Hartford Financial Services Group. Pulkstenis is also a Certified Insurance Counselor.