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Beazley adds financial lines underwriters to Barcelona team

January 11, 2019

Beazley has appointed Francisco Alcaide and Alexander van Nierop as financial lines underwriters at the company’s hub for continental Europe in Barcelona.

Alcaide joins Beazley from Hiscox where he has spent the previous eight years as a senior underwriter in the professional risks team, responsible for managing the insurer's relationships with several broker networks.

Alcaide started his career in insurance at AIG Spain where he spent four years as a financial lines underwriter.

In his new role, Alcaide will be responsible for launching Beazley's e-trading platform for speciality products in Spain - MyBeazley - and developing the SME Spanish book by growing the Beazley brand for the segment.

Van Nierop joins the company from Aon in the Netherlands where he most recently served as broker director and cyber broking solutions leader. He previously worked as a broking director for both international property and for financial institutions for Benelux. Prior to Aon van Nierop spent five years at Marsh where he held various roles including senior financial lines broker. He worked in Fortis Bank's corporate finance and capital markets divisions before crossing over into insurance.

In his new role, van Nierop will be responsible for developing Beazley's specialty book of business in Benelux, working closely with local brokers and producers from his wide network.

The two appointments follow the expansion of the financial lines team in Europe over the past 12 months in which financial lines underwriters and an international specialist lines claims manager joined Beazley's offices in Munich, Paris and Barcelona.

Beazley's financial lines regional manager for continental Europe commented: "Our growth strategy in Europe continues to gather pace and we are very pleased to welcome Francisco and Alexander to the team. At Beazley we've been expanding our specialist product offering and bringing on board experienced individuals whose product, territory and segment knowledge and strong market relationships will support our ambitions."