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StarStone Group’s leadership changes to drive profitable growth

April 09, 2019

Speciality insurer, StarStone Group has announced several new appointments to its global leadership team.

The reshuffle includes Ed Noonan as group chairman; Dick Sanford joins as president while Chris Rash has been promoted to chief executive officer of StarStone International and Deputy Group CEO.

Noonan most recently served as chairman and CEO of Validus Group from 2005 to 2018 where they experienced significant growth under Noonan’s leadership and ultimately was acquired by AIG in 2018. He has held multiple senior roles and is a recognised marketing leader who brings over 30 years industry knowledge to his new position.

Sanford joins StarStone Group from PartnerRe US where he held the position of chairman and president. Starting his career in 1984 as a casualty underwriter at AIG he brings with him over 3 decades of insurance market experience. In his new role he will oversee the group’s global underwriting and reinsurance strategy.

Meanwhile, Rash is promoted to deputy group CEO as well as chief executive officer of StarStone International. He joined in August 2018 and will be responsible for leading StarStone’s international business and operational strategy at Group level. Rash has over 20 years of industry experience, having held several leadership positions, including 15 years at RSA and group chief financial officer at MS Amlin.

John Hendrickson, group chief executive officer, said: “This is a pivotal moment for StarStone. As we reposition StarStone to deliver profitable growth, Ed and Dick bring a wealth of knowledge. Their respective contribution, together with Chris’s financial and operational expertise, will prove invaluable as we continue to provide highly professional, bespoke specialty solutions to our clients, locally and globally.