Apollo strengthens casualty offering with senior appointments

Apollo strengthens casualty offering with senior appointments 150 150 Haggie Partners

Apollo Syndicate Management (“Apollo”), the independent specialist insurer and reinsurer, today announced four senior appointments to its Syndicate 1969 at Lloyd’s as the Group continues to strengthen its casualty offering.

  • Colm Lyons joins as head of casualty at Apollo Syndicate 1969. He will report to Matt Newman, Apollo group head of casualty. Lyons will lead both the international and US casualty teams and focus on developing tailored products for clients. Before joining Apollo, he was CEO and CUO at Fidelis Insurance in Dublin. Prior to Fidelis, Lyons had a distinguished career at XL Catlin for over 10 years as chief excess casualty officer.
  • Lee Ackerman joins as senior US casualty underwriter, bringing 18 years’ casualty underwriting experience to Apollo. Most recently, Ackerman spent over 16 years as assistant vice president and senior underwriter at Liberty Mutual Insurance, managing several high-profile US primary and umbrella casualty portfolios.
  • James Perrott will be joining Apollo as senior US casualty underwriter with more than 15 years’ experience in the insurance industry. Perrott has worked at Liberty Specialty Markets as excess casualty underwriting manager since 2015. Prior to that, he was an assistant vice president at Swiss Re between 2013 and 2015.
  • Tom Graham will be joining Apollo as US casualty underwriter. Graham started his career in 2012 at Aon and has since held various broking roles in its US casualty and healthcare divisions.

The appointments of Lyons and Ackerman are effective immediately. Perrott and Graham will join upon completion of their contractual requirements. Ackerman, Perrott and Graham will be reporting to Lyons

Newman said: “Our team writes a global, specialist casualty book that has grown in size and profitability over recent years. We are resolutely committed to investing in talent and growing our portfolio as market conditions improve. We are therefore very pleased to welcome Colm, Lee, James, and Tom to the team.”

Lyons added: “Apollo has a market leading book with an exceptional team and outstanding clients. I look forward to working with Matt and our colleagues to lead the team forward in an increasingly favourable market.”