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Fidelis names Michael Davern as senior underwriter

March 02, 2020

Bermuda (re)insurance company Fidelis Insurance Holdings has appointed Michael Davern as senior underwriter for Fidelis Underwriting Limited.

In his new role he will lead the growth of the firms Direct and Facultative (D&F) writings based in the London office, while also working closely with the Bermuda team.

Davern joins Fidelis from AXA Xl where he served for more than 10 years, most recently as an underwriting manager writing open market and delegated authority business.

Richard Coulson, UK CUO & executive head of bespoke & specialty at Fidelis commented: “I am delighted to welcome Michael as Fidelis continues to build its Specialty capabilities. D&F is an area where significant capacity has been removed from the market allowing a pricing correction and creating a strong demand for new participants. We are very focused on being responsive to brokers and clients and believe Michael is the right person to lead the continued growth of this product line for us.”

Richard Holden, executive head of reinsurance said: “We feel this is the right time to enter the Direct and Facultative market, utilising Bermuda and London brokers to access business. Michael brings 15 years of industry experience and market relations to Fidelis and we look forward to building another long-term class of business to complement our existing lines within the Fidelis group.”

Davern added: “I am excited to join Fidelis, at a time when Fidelis can offer a solution for brokers’ and clients’ need for capacity. Given their reputation for client service and that they have a true underwriting philosophy at their core I look forward to growing the Direct & Facultative property book and contributing to Fidelis’ ongoing success.”