27 September 2017Insurance

Neon hires Talbot and Brit underwriters for marine expansion

Specialist Lloyd's insurer Neon has appointed Brian James as class underwriter for cargo, and Richard Mander as class underwriter for marine liability.

James most recently served as class underwriter at Talbot Underwriting, where he was responsible for leading the cargo/war on land and agency business lines. Prior to this, he spent over a decade at Wellington Underwriting, establishing both Wellington Syndicate Services and Wellington Genoa following acquisition by Catlin. He began his career at Black Sea and Baltic General Insurance, specialising in Russian and international cargo accounts.

Mander joins Neon from Brit Insurance, where he was class underwriter for marine and energy liability. He was previously with Navigators Underwriting Agency where he was assistant liability and energy underwriter from 1997 until joining Brit in 2004.

The new hires will further support the build out of Neon’s Marine team, as the company looks to expand its offering in the sector.

Martin Reith, Neon group chief executive, commented: "Brian and Richard are great additions to Neon’s Marine team. They join us at an exciting time as we continue to build and enhance our marine presence and offer access to market-shaping underwriters.

"Attracting high-quality talent is crucial to our aims and Brian and Richard are tremendously experienced underwriters in the marine sector, bringing with them technical expertise and strong relationships from across the London market."

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