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Fidelis names new Dublin CEO & CUO

August 07, 2019

Fidelis Insurance Ireland DAC (FIID) has appointed Robert Kelly as chief executive officer (CEO) and Simon Crone as chief underwriting officer (CUO).

Both will replace Colm Lyons who served as both CEO and CUO of FIID, who is now stepping down from these positions. Lyons was pivotal in leading the establishment of the firms Ireland hub post-Brexit.

Kelly joined Fidelis in 2018 from PartnerRe Ireland as chief financial officer (CFO) of FIID. He will maintain these responsibilities as well as taking on the new CEO position.

Additionally, Crone joined from AmTrust in 2019 as a senior underwriter. At AmTrust he served as the CUO for the mortgage & credit division. He has over 2 decades of (re)insurance industry experience from underwriting, operations and project management.

Commenting on Crone’s appointment, Kelly said: “I am pleased to have Simon join me on the Board and look forward to working together to grow our continental business.”

Richard Coulson, UK chief underwriting officer & executive head of bespoke & specialty insurance, said: “Simon has proven himself to be a talented and innovative underwriter. I congratulate him on his appointment to this role and look forward to working with him to build out our European book of bespoke and specialty business.”

Richard Brindle, chairman and group CEO & CUO of Fidelis, added: “Both Simon and Rob have proven their business acumen and expertise since joining Fidelis, and I am pleased to confirm their appointments to these roles.”

Adding: “I’d also like to thank Colm Lyons, departing Chief Executive Officer & Chief Underwriting Officer of FIID, for the successful establishment of our Dublin office, and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”

“Fidelis’ Dublin office provides certainty to our clients and brokers that we will continue to operate in the EEA irrespective of Brexit, and that there will be continuity of service on our agreements. This is an important part of our business strategy, ensuring that we can continue to grow our Continental book, particularly in specialty and bespoke insurance.”