Lloyd’s managing agent brings in new chief government


There is a new man at the helm of Lloyd’s Managing Agent for WR Berkley Syndicate in 1967.

David Brosnan has been named chief executive of WR Berkley Syndicate Management Limited. He will succeed Alastair Blades subject to the necessary approvals, including that of Lloyd’s of London. Brosnan, whose 35-year career spanned years at Chubb, retired as General Manager of CNA Hardy in 2020.

Blades stay in the meantime and act as chief underwriting officer. He came on board in 2009 to lead the underwriting strategy for the then newly founded syndicate in 1967.

In a press release, parent company WR Berkley Corporation stated: “[Blades] successfully led the W / R / B Underwriting team through the transition from a London-based market insurer with Lloyd’s presence to a Lloyd’s-centric company well positioned for Brexit. “

In a comment on the succession, Berkley President and CEO W. Robert Berkley, Jr., cited Brosnan’s proven leadership role, “excellent” market reputation and extensive management experience.

“Alastair has taken a key leadership role in the development of our integrated Lloyd’s platform,” continued the group leader, lifting the lid on top positions.

“The decoupling of the roles of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Underwriting Officer gives David and Alastair the opportunity to focus even more so that the W / R / B Underwriting team can maximize their capabilities and expansion opportunities in this improving market.”

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