9 August 2021Insurance

Acrisure Re expands in US market with senior hire from rival broker

Acrisure Re, the reinsurance division of global insurance broker  Acrisure, has launched a new operation in the US with the hiring of a senior executive from  Guy Carpenter who has more than 30 years of underwriting and reinsurance broking experience across multiple lines of business.

The company established a Florida operation with the appointment of Craig Darling as executive vice president and office head. Based in Melbourne, Florida, he will report to Acrisure Re CEO Simon Hedley (pictured).

Darling will manage both property and casualty lines of business in Florida as well as other areas of the southeastern United States. He will also join Acrisure Re’s North American executive team.

Darling joins Acrisure Re from Guy Carpenter where he was managing director working closely with Tampa, Florida and New York City Home Office. He joined the company in 2006 when it was JLT Re and held multiple executive roles including executive chairman of JLT Re Ventures and CEO of JLT Re North America. Darling was a board member of JLT Re (North America) until the company was sold in 2019. Prior to that, Darling served as managing director of Willis Re’s North America division for more than six years, handling its P&C treaty business for the New York region and its US facultative and programme business.

Hedley said: “We are delighted to have a market expert of Craig’s caliber join the Acrisure Re team as we continue to expand our offering in the US. His creative and entrepreneurial broking skills, combined with his continued success of creating new business opportunities, will be an excellent asset to our business.”

Darling commented: “Over the last few years, Acrisure Re has become a force in the US market. The team’s relentless focus, sophisticated expertise and tech-driven analytics make it the perfect place for me to continue my career. By establishing a dedicated branch office, Acrisure Re has demonstrated a long-term commitment to the Florida and US southeast marketplace.”

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