Optio appoints UK head of political risk & terrorism

Optio appoints UK head of political risk & terrorism 150 150 Haggie Partners

LONDON, 08 March 2023: Optio Group, the specialty MGA, today announces the appointment of Tom Kennet as UK head of political violence and terrorism (PVT), effective immediately. Based in London, Kennet will report to Chris Kirby, global head of PVT.

With both broking and underwriting experience, Kennet brings more than 12 years of class-specific expertise to Optio. He joins from Munich Re Syndicate where he held the role of senior PVT underwriter. Prior to this he held a number of senior positions including senior broker, PVT, at both Aon and Marsh where he focused on building a global partner network and sourcing new business opportunities within emerging markets.

Kirby said: “The last few years have been the most active on record for the global PVT market and we have been bolstering our presence and product offering to support this growing segment. Tom’s market standing and experience, as well as his impressive background in business production both through the London market and international brokers, will be essential as we continue to realise our ambitions across North America and Western Europe. His global outlook and underwriting approach complement our own and I very much look forward to working with him and welcoming him to the team.”