Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) has appointed Chris Colahan as president of its UK and European operations.
Colahan moves into the new position having served as president of the Australasia region since joining BHSI in February 2015. Prior to that, he was at RSA for nearly a decade, most recently serving as its Asia CEO. His new role will be based in London.
In addition, BHSI has drafted in Mark Lingafelter to assume responsibility for the BHSI Australasia region from Colahan. Lingafelter joins from QBE, where he was most recently CUO for Asia Pacific. Before that, he spent more than 11 years as managing director at Chubb Insurance Company of Australia.
The move comes after former president and CEO of UK and Southern Europe, Tom Bolt, left BHSI to join AIG as its new general insurance CUO at the beginning of the year.
Commenting on the announcement, BHSI president and CEO Peter Eastwood said: “With more than 30 years of experience in the global insurance market, Mark is well qualified to lead our ongoing profitable growth in Australia and New Zealand. Chris has been a superb leader of BHSI in Australasia, and we look forward to adding his energy and expertise to our expanding European team and operations.”