DARAG hires ex-Chubb, Hiscox as CFO and GC for North American business
Legacy acquirer DARAG Group has hired chief financial officer (CFO) and general counsel for its newly established North America division, which has completed seven transactions, assuming reserves in excess of $400 million, since its launch.
Stuart Brown will join DARAG North America as CFO. He brings over 26 years of financial experience to DARAG, having held a number of CFO-level and other senior finance positions with ACE Group (Chubb), QBE, COSVI and others, both in the US and internationally. He began his career with Cigna Insurance, where he held a variety of roles in its international division.
Helen Weinstein joins the company as general counsel. He comes from Hiscox USA, where she was most recently vice president and senior legal counsel. Prior to Hiscox USA, Weinstein spent many years in private practice in Atlanta following a federal clerkship.
Both the executives will be based in DARAG’s newly established US headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.
The company announced that its North American division has closed the loss portfolio transfer transaction with Hallmark Financial Services within DARAG Bermuda. DARAG also announced the acquisition, subject to BMA approval, of a Bermuda class 3A reinsurance company.
Tom Booth, CEO of DARAG, said: “The two senior appointments and our Atlanta office launch, together with the recent loss portfolio transfer agreement with Hallmark Financial Services, are all key milestones in the rapid growth and success of our North American business. DARAG North America has the expertise and the appetite to provide effective capital relief solutions to businesses in both the U.S. and Bermuda and the first 12-months of operations is a testament to this. As our North America team continues to establish our presence and relationships in the local market, we are very excited to welcome Stuart and Helen to DARAG.”
Daniel Linden, CEO of DARAG North America, DARAG’s Bermuda and US arm, said: “DARAG North America is marking one year as a consolidated operation, and our profitable and rapid growth is a great testament to the team’s determination. Current market conditions present significant opportunities for legacy providers, not least in North America. Our local team has been consistently and systematically growing since its consolidation in August 2019. Stuart and Helen are both recognised leaders in their respective fields and their extensive experience will contribute significantly to the implementation of our long-term expansion in the region. Building on our achievements so far, we will work together closely to implement the next phase of our strategic growth plan in North America.”