30 March 2017Insurance

Navigators hires exec to lead expansion across Continental Europe

Specialty insurance holding Navigators Group has appointed Guillaume Déal as managing director of Continental Europe, as the company looks to expand its portfolio in the region.

In the newly created position, Déal will assume the responsibility for operations in France, where Navigators has a Paris-based underwriting team, and lead the expansion of the business across Europe.

Déal joins Navigators from Credit Agricole Group, where he was chief underwriting officer of its insurance company, CAMCA. Previously, he spent nearly 20 years with Chubb Insurance Company of Europe, most recently serving as vice president of Europe, strategic alliances and alternative distribution manager. His experience includes overseeing operations of underwriting, claims and insurance back-office functions, as well as developing and directing best practices and business strategies.

Michael Casella, president of Navigators International Insurance, said: "Guillaume is uniquely qualified to lead Navigators’ expansion efforts in Continental Europe, as he has extensive insight into the specialty insurance industry landscape in the region and deep knowledge of the sophisticated solutions that our clients depend on us to deliver."

"Building on our successful launch of offices in Rotterdam, Paris and Milan in 2015, Guillaume will manage our efforts to grow Navigators’ product suite in these markets and to further strengthen our increasing presence in Continental Europe."

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