Leadership Team

Paul O’Shea
Executive Chairman of StarStone and President of Enstar

Paul J. O’Shea was appointed Executive Chairman of StarStone and President of Enstar, of which he is co-founder, in December 2016. Paul has more than 30 years of experience in the re/insurance industry. He has served as Executive Vice President and Joint-Chief Operating Officer and a member of Enstar’s Board of Directors since 2001. In this role he spearheaded more than 70 acquisitions, helping to shape Enstar’s international success. In 1994, Paul joined a run-off business venture in Bermuda, which grew to form part of the Enstar Group. From 1985 – 1994, he served as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Belvedere Group/Caliban Group.

Demian Smith
Group Chief Executive Officer of StarStone

Demian was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer of StarStone in December 2016, to lead StarStone’s global business which operates across three main regions: US and Bermuda, Lloyd’s and the London market, and Continental Europe. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer of StarStone’s International Operations from 2014, overseeing Lloyd’s and the London market and Continental Europe operations. He joined the company in 2010 as Global Head of Marine. An Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute, Demian holds an MBA from Edinburgh University Management School and a B Eng. (Hons) in Naval Architecture from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

David Message
Group Chief Underwriting Officer of StarStone

David was appointed Chief Underwriting Officer of International business in 2014, having joined the company in 2009 as Global Head of Offshore Energy. David is also Active Underwriter of StarStone’s wholly-owned Lloyd’s Syndicate1301. He has over 25 years of experience in the Specialty insurance market, beginning his career in the late 1980’s at Willis. He quickly progressed and later moved into the Offshore Energy field with Hiscox. Prior to joining StarStone he was Global Head of Offshore Energy and Regional Head of Marine at XL, which he joined in 2000.



Kathleen Barker
Group Chief Financial Officer of StarStone

Kathleen was appointed as Group Chief Financial Officer in May 2015.  She joined the company as US CFO in April 2014 following the acquisition of StarStone (then named Torus) by Enstar Group. She joined Enstar London in March 2009 as Client Director of Unionamerica and transferred to New York in August 2012, where she held the position of Chief Operating Officer of Clarendon.  Kath worked previously at The Hartford Financial Services Group. Kath has more than 15 years of experience in the insurance and reinsurance industries. She qualified as a chartered accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in the UK and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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