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Sompo International names Ashworth as head of London market marine

January 26, 2018

Sompo International has appointed Paul Ashworth as head of marine insurance at its London market operation.

In his new position, he will be responsible for managing a diverse portfolio, including hull and liability and cargo and specie marine classes.

Ashworth, whose insurance career spans three decades, most recently served as marine manager at Axis.  

The carrier has also promoted Ian Keegan to the newly created role of head of London market aerospace, energy and marine.

He will also serve as active underwriter for Sompo International’s Syndicate 5151.

Keegan joined the company in April 2016 as executive vice president, head of aerospace in the London office where he built the company’s presence in the aerospace market in London. Prior to Sompo International, he launched and managed similar aviation units at Hiscox and Faraday.

Keegan will report to Richard Housley, CUO London Market insurance and active underwriter of Syndicate 5151.

Meanwhile, the company said that executive vice president Clifford Easton will continue to coordinate the Sompo International marine & energy business globally and will be taking on additional leadership responsibilities related to Japan interest account business in Europe. 

In addition, the carrier announced that Tom Houston has been promoted to head of energy, London market insurance. Houston joined Sompo International in March 2014 as senior vice president, energy with a focus on exploration and production and other upstream energy accounts.

Sompo International CEO of London Market Insurance Graham Evans commented, “With the addition of Paul to our business leadership and Ian and Tom’s new roles, we have a strong team in place to further expand our presence in these markets.

“Our specialty business in both the London market and Continental Europe continue to be a strategic growth area for Sompo International. With a broad range of products, talented underwriting teams and experienced and responsive claims servicing, we are confident that we can add significant value to our client base.”