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Torus, the global specialty insurer, has appointed Marina Moore as Senior Offshore Construction Underwriter with immediate effect. Reporting to David Message, SVP Global Head of Offshore Energy, Ms. Moore will develop the team’s offshore construction business. She is based in Torus’ London office.
Ms. Moore joins from XL and brings over 30 years of London Market Offshore Construction experience to Torus, 25 of which were at Munich Re. During this time she has worked on a number of major projects on a primarily lead position, involved in all aspects from underwriting, claims and wording development.
Mr. Message commented, “Our expansion into this area seeks to provide increased flexibility for clients in a highly complex and technical area of the business. Marina is therefore a perfect fit for the team as her experience of offshore construction in both underwriting and broking capacities, as well as in Lloyd’s, means that she combines the broadest perspective on the sector’s issues with a specialist’s understanding of offshore construction.”
Torus today announces the acquisition of Glacier Insurance AG, a subsidiary of the Glacier Group. The transaction is expected to complete in May, 2010, subject to relevant regulatory approvals.
Glacier Insurance AG, headquartered in Liechtenstein, has branch offices in Zurich, Cologne and London. It has a well established specialty portfolio of aviation, space, property, energy, war and terrorism and marine risks. As part of the acquisition Glacier Insurance AG’s underwriting and operational staff will join Torus and all its branch offices will be retained.
Richard Etridge, Chief Executive of Glacier Insurance, will join the Torus management team, becoming Chief Operating Officer for Continental Europe as well as Global Head of Aviation.
Commenting on the acquisition, Torus’ Chief Executive Clive Tobin said, “The insurance operations of Glacier have a strong strategic, technical and cultural fit with Torus and thus present a unique opportunity to accelerate our growth strategy in Europe, following the recent establishment of our offices in Amsterdam and Paris. Along with additional products and capacity from Torus we look forward to expanding the strong client and market relationships which Glacier Insurance has established.”
Todd Hart, Chief Executive of Glacier Group, added, “Glacier Insurance and Torus’ operations are extremely complementary and we believe this transaction will be beneficial for the Glacier Group’s clients, staff and shareholders. The Glacier Group will focus on the growth and development of its reinsurance business, which has a strong operating platform and is well-established in its chosen markets.”
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