2 June 2023Insurance

Gallagher Re nabs ex-TigerRisk, IRB Re execs for leadership roles

Global reinsurance broker  Gallagher Re has unveiled two senior hires, formerly of TigerRisk Partners and IRB Re Brazil, to drive its growth strategy in North America and Brazil.

Linda Johnson joins as vice chairperson for its North American team. Daniel Veiga takes the reins as CEO of Gallagher Re Brazil, leading the treaty operation.

In this new role, Johnson will be responsible for producing new business for large casualty and structured reinsurance solutions across North America, with a focus on New York and Minneapolis. She will also drive talent recruitment and retention across the region. Johnson will report to Tom Wafer, chairman, Gallagher Re North America.

Johnson has more than 30 years of industry experience. She previously spent 15 years at TigerRisk Partners, where she was a founding partner, executive team member and most recently served as global legacy solutions practice leader. Prior to TigerRisk, Johnson was a senior executive with Aon Benfield.

Based in Rio de Janeiro and closely connected to São Paulo, Veiga’s appointment is part of Gallagher Re Brazil’s growth plans and strategic investment in leadership. He will work alongside Gallagher Re executive vice president Fernando Tilger and in collaboration with Luiz Araripe, country head of Gallagher Brazil retail and facultative Reinsurance. Veiga will report to Edson Wiggers, CEO of Gallagher Re Latin America and Caribbean, who was overseeing the Brazil operation in collaboration with Tilger.

With more than 18 years of reinsurance industry experience, Veiga joins Gallagher Re from IRB Re Brazil. Over the last 15 years, Veiga has held a number of underwriting and executive roles, leading the strategy and development of specialty risks from 2014 to 2021, with a strong focus on agriculture, financial lines, surety and credit, marine and aviation. Since 2021, he served as chief underwriting officer for all IRB non-life lines of business.

Commenting on Johnson’s appointment, Jim Bradshaw, CEO, Gallagher Re North America, said: “She is a well-recognized, industry leader who shares our enthusiasm and passion for the business. Linda’s leadership and mentorship will be a dynamic force in helping colleagues continue to provide clients with strategic insights, advanced analytics and client-centric solutions.”

Johnson commented: “I’m excited to join Gallagher Re’s team of incredibly talented industry professionals. I welcome their vast experience and their dedication to inclusion and collaboration, while we enhance our strengths, grow our team and continue to provide industry leading solutions to our clients across North America.”

“We are excited to welcome Daniel to Gallagher Re Brazil,” Wiggers said. “He is a highly-regarded industry leader with exceptional market knowledge, plus a passion for and dedication to providing best-in-class solutions to clients – invaluable assets as we continue to invest in and grow our business.

“For further expansion of Gallagher Re Brazil, Daniel will closely collaborate with Fernando. These senior executives bring complementary strengths to our Brazilian leadership team, sharing common goals and a vision for excellence aligned with client advocacy and a culture of collaboration. Additionally, they offer solid technical abilities, well-established client relationships and proven reinsurance expertise across all lines of business.

“Moreover, Daniel’s partnership with Luiz will help bolster the broader Gallagher Brazil operation, working with colleagues to provide innovative and client-centric solutions across the full spectrum of risk.”

Veiga said: “I am honoured to join the Gallagher Re Brazil Treaty Operation, and I look forward to working with an industry-leading, talented team of reinsurance professionals. I welcome the many opportunities ahead as we advocate for our clients through integrated risk and capital advisory services while expanding our reach in the Brazilian market.”

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