Leadership Team

John Hendrickson
Group Chief Executive Officer

John was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer in October 2018. He has over 35 years of experience in the specialty insurance, reinsurance and investment banking sectors. Most recently, he served as a Director of Validus Holdings, Ltd. since its formation in 2005 until July 2018 when Validus was acquired by AIG. In 2013, John joined Validus Group as Director of Strategy, Risk Management and Corporate Development. Prior to this, he was the Founder and Managing Partner of SFRi LLC, an independent investment and advisory firm specialising in the insurance industry. He has also held various senior positions at Swiss Re, including Member of the Executive Board, Head of Capital Partners (Swiss Re’s Merchant Banking Division) and Managing Partner of Securitas Capital.

Chris Rash
CEO StarStone International and Deputy Group CEO

Chris was appointed CEO StarStone International and Deputy Group CEO in April 2019. He joined the Board as Executive Chairman in August 2018 before assuming the newly created role of President in October 2018 to spearhead StarStone’s execution and operational capabilities. Prior to joining StarStone, he was Group CFO for MS Amlin plc, having joined as Director of Finance. He previously served as Commercial Director and CFO at NHBC and as Group Chief Accountant at RSA Group plc where he also held a number of regional CFO positions. A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Chris holds a BA in Economics.

Dick Sanford

Dick Sanford was appointed President of StarStone Group in April 2019 to oversee the global underwriting and reinsurance strategy. He was previously Chairman and President of PartnerRe US and Head of P&C North America. He has 35 years of insurance-market experience having started his career as a casualty underwriter at AIG in 1984 and later worked for CIGNA Special Risk Facility before joining General Reinsurance. Subsequently, he worked at Cologne Re America and Odyssey Re, joining PartnerRe in 2000 to oversee the company’s entry into the Casualty business. He holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Linc Trimble
CEO StarStone U.S.

Linc was appointed Chief Executive Officer of StarStone U.S. in September 2018. He joined the company in March 2009 to lead StarStone’s U.S. Casualty operations, later founding its eCommerce platform. Prior to joining the company, he launched and managed Statehouse Casualty Managers, one of The McGowan Companies, where he served as President. Linc has more than 30 years of insurance experience and began his career in 1986 with Chubb Corp, holding several management positions including Senior Vice President of Property & Casualty at Chubb Atlantic in Bermuda.

David Message
Group Chief Underwriting Officer

David was appointed Group Chief Underwriting Officer in December 2016. Prior to this, he was 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.

Richard Cowling
Acting Group CFO/International CFO

Richard joined StarStone in February 2019 and assumed the position of Acting Group CFO / International CFO in June 2019. He previously served as Group CFO at Wonga Group, after various senior finance roles with Aviva and RSA, including CFO for RSA Emerging Markets.

Jeff Wanamaker
CUO StarStone U.S.

Jeff was appointed Chief Underwriting Officer of StarStone U.S. in September 2018. He previously served as Head of Workers’ Compensation for StarStone U.S.  He joined StarStone in 2013 as part of the SeaBright acquisition, where he served as Senior Vice President of Underwriting for 10 years. A Chartered Property Casualty underwriter and an Associate in Reinsurance (Are), Jeff also has a Bachelor of Business Administration with dual majors in finance and economics from the University of Alaska.

Rachel Delhaise
Chief Risk Officer

Rachel was appointed Chief Risk Officer of StarStone in January 2019. Prior to this, she was Group Head of Risk. She joined the company in 2014 to develop the risk management practice.  She previously served as Managing Director of GC Securities (Guy Carpenter) following a long career at GC/Marsh focused on structuring and arranging reinsurance transactions for effective risk mitigation and capital management, ERM advisory and Insurance Linked Securities.

Gordon Walters

Gordon was appointed Group Chief Operating Officer in March 2019 to oversee StarStone’s operations and IT capabilities. He initially joined StarStone in December 2018 as Group Chief Information Officer. Prior to this, he served as CIO of Towergate, where he delivered an award-winning transformational change across IT. He has 28 years’ experience in running major change initiatives, both as a partner in Accenture and Deloitte and as COO in Lloyds Corporate Bank.

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