Canopius Group, a leading global specialty (re)insurer, today announced the appointment of Richard Parker, as joint head of space alongside Chris Gibbs, and Kelly Bromley, as underwriting assistant. Both assumed their new roles in the US on October 1st, making Canopius’ space team one of the largest in the market.
Richard brings more than 34 years of space insurance experience in international markets to Canopius. Most recently he was divisional president of Assure Space LLC, an underwriting agency he founded in 2011. He has held senior roles within the space divisions of Partner Re and AXA.
Kelly has three decades of business management experience, having spent 22 years in the satellite insurance market, primarily focussed on treaty management and technical accounting. She joins from Assure Space, of which she was also a founding member, and held the position of reinsurance treaty manager.
Christopher Jarvis, joint active underwriter, Canopius, said: “With Richard and Kelly joining Chris Gibbs and colleagues, this will create one of the most experienced and capable teams in the space insurance market. With increasing satellite launches driven by demand for broadband, older satellites being replaced and International Space Station resupply schedules becoming more regular, considerable opportunity exists. Canopius has built a preeminent capability that is ideally positioned to capitalise on this and places Canopius among the top space insurers internationally.”
Chris Gibbs, joint head of space at Canopius, said: “I am delighted to welcome Richard and Kelly to the space team at Canopius, both of whom will significantly enhance our current capabilities. Their joining not only provides Canopius’ space proposition with an extremely well-connected US footprint but, with the capacity from Assure Space set to combine with ours, this will make Canopius a top 5 space insurance market. Their considerable combined expertise gained in the insurance market and also the space industry will be hugely valuable to our clients and our strategic ambitions.”