Berkley Insurance Australia announces two key strategic hires

Berkley Insurance Australia | 21 JUL 2017

Berkley Insurance Australia today announced the addition of two new managers for the group, Jon Willmott and David Rogers, who will fill two key roles.

Jon has joined in the role of NSW State Manager overseeing and developing the underwriting team that is the face of our business to the broker market. Jon has a long and distinguished background in underwriting and customer service through his previous roles within Lloyd’s and with a national underwriting agency, and is extremely excited to be joining and further strengthening the Berkley team in Sydney. “It is a breath of fresh air to be joining an organisation which has at its core a philosophy of providing fast turnaround of quotes backed up by real underwriting expertise. All of the systems, processes and people are dedicated to providing that result for brokers and I am excited to be integrally involved in achieving this and leading my team to the standard of excellence that our market demands.” Jon said.

David Rogers has joined to head up Corporate Solutions which fits strategically and capitalises on products being developed at a global level by the Berkley Group in the US. Initially, David’s focus is on developing products and expertise in the Transactional Insurance market specialising in the highly specialised Warranties and Indemnities, Tax Opinion and Contingent Liability covers. David’s experience includes establishing and developing new businesses which most recently included formation of Ironshore’s Australia platform in 2011. David’s Corporate Solutions remit includes, Cyber, Product Recall, Life Sciences and Environmental Liability, all of which are niche markets successfully being offered via specialist divisions of the Berkley Group in the US.

“The aim is to establish a portfolio focussed mainly on the specialty classes where we can add value by delivering on the service and expertise model Berkley are widely regarded for in the SME space.” CEO, Tony Wheatley said. “David has experience in developing products and insurance business in the start-up phase and is an invaluable addition to my senior management team.”

David said “the opportunity to join an established business with the freedom to set up new product lines is an exciting challenge and one that I am really looking forward to. The ability to work with the team locally and overseas to expand the breadth and depth of the business in Australia is really unique and will add another layer of products to Berkley capabilities while retaining the service and expertise focus”.