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Our Board

Our board's exceptional credentials and track record provide solid leadership for our growth.

Glyn Jones

 

Glyn JonesWith effect from May 2, 2007, Mr. Jones was appointed as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Jones has been a director since October 30, 2006. He also served as a non-executive director and chairman of Aspen Insurance UK Limited (“Aspen U.K.”) between December 4, 2006 and May 6, 2014 and was a member of Aspen U.K.’s audit committee between September 4, 2006 and May 6, 2014. Mr Jones was appointed the independent non-executive Chairman of the Old Mutual Wealth Board in September 2016. Mr. Jones was the Chairman of Aldermore Group PLC, and Chairman of Aldermore Bank PLC, until February 6 2017. Mr. Jones was previously the Chairman of Hermes Fund Managers, BT Pension Scheme Management Ltd and Towry Holdings Limited. He was also previously the Senior Independent Director of the Direct Line Insurance Group. Mr. Jones was the Chief Executive Officer of Thames River Capital from October 2005 until May 2006. From 2000 to 2004, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Gartmore Investment Management in the United Kingdom. Prior to Gartmore, Mr. Jones was Chief Executive Officer of Coutts NatWest Group and Coutts Group, which he joined in 1997, and was responsible for strategic leadership, business performance and risk management. In 1991, he joined Standard Chartered, later becoming the general manager of Global Private Banking. Mr. Jones was a consulting partner with Coopers & Lybrand/Deloitte Haskins & Sells Management Consultants from 1981 to 1990.


Chris O'Kane

 

Chris O'KaneMr. O’Kane has been our Chief Executive Officer and a director since June 21, 2002. He was also a director of Aspen U.K. between 2002 and 2014 and its Chief Executive Officer until January 2010. Mr. O'Kane also served as Chairman of Aspen Bermuda Limited (“Aspen Bermuda”) until December 2006. He also serves as a director on various other boards of the Company’s U.S. subsidiaries. Prior to the creation of the Company, from November 2000 until June 2002, Mr. O’Kane served as a director of Wellington and Chief Underwriting Officer of Lloyd’s Syndicate 2020 where he built his specialist knowledge in the fields of property insurance and reinsurance, together with active underwriting experience in a range of other insurance disciplines. From September 1998 until November 2000, Mr. O’Kane served as one of the underwriting partners for Syndicate 2020. Prior to joining Syndicate 2020, Mr. O’Kane served as deputy underwriter for Syndicate 51 from January 1993 to September 1998. Mr. O’Kane began his career as a Lloyd’s broker.


Liaquat Ahamed

 

Liquat AhmedMr. Ahamed has been a director of the Company since October 31, 2007. Mr. Ahamed has a background in investment management with leadership roles that include heading the World Bank’s investment division. From 2004, Mr. Ahamed has been an adviser to the Rock Creek Group, an investment firm based in Washington D.C. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Ahamed was the Chief Executive Officer of Fischer Francis Trees & Watts, Inc., a subsidiary of BNP Paribas specializing in institutional single and multi-currency fixed income investment portfolios. Mr. Ahamed is a director of the Rohatyn Group and related series of funds and a member of the Board of Trustees at the Brookings Institution and the Putnam Funds.


Albert Beer

 

Albert BeerMr. Beer has been a director of the Company since February 4, 2011 and a director of Aspen Bermuda since July 23, 2014. Since 2006, Mr. Beer has been the Michael J Kevany/XL Professor of Insurance and Actuarial Science at St John’s University School of Risk Management. From 1992 to 2006, Mr. Beer held various senior executive positions at American Re-Insurance Corporation (Munich Re America). From 1989 to 1992, Mr. Beer held various positions at Skandia America Reinsurance Corporation, including that of Chief Actuary. He also has been a board member of United Educators Insurance Company since 2006, having served as Vice-Chair from 2009 to 2013. Since 2009, Mr. Beer has been a Trustee Emeritus for the Actuarial Foundation, having served as a board member from 2006 until 2009. In 2013, Mr. Beer was elected as a member of the Board of the American Academy of Actuaries, having previously served on such board from 1992 until 1994 and again from 1996 until 1999. Mr. Beer was a member of the Actuarial Standards Board, which promulgates standards for the actuarial profession in the United States, from 2007 to 2012 and was its Chair from 2010 to 2011. Mr. Beer previously served as a member of the Board of the Casualty Actuarial Society.


Matthew Botein

 

Matt BoteinMr. Botein has been a director of the Company since February 7, 2017. He has extensive experience in the financial services industry and has managed portfolio investments in the banking, insurance, asset management, capital markets, and financial processing sectors. Mr. Botein is a Managing Partner of Gallatin Point LLC, a private investment and advisory firm. He was previously with BlackRock, Inc. (“BlackRock”) who he joined in 2009. Mr. Botein was appointed Head of BlackRock Alternative Investors in 2010 and held the positions of co-Head and Chief Investment Officer of the alternative investment unit until January 2017. He served as a Managing Director of BlackRock and was a member of the firm’s global operating committee. He served as a director of the Company from 2007 to 2011 and prior to that from 2002 until 2003.


John Cavoores

 

John Cavoores

Mr. Cavoores has been a director of the Company since October 30, 2006. From October 5, 2010 through December 31, 2011, Mr. Cavoores was the Co-Chief Executive Officer of Aspen Insurance, focusing on Aspen Insurance’s casualty and professional lines and U.S. property businesses, where he had executive oversight for Aspen Insurance’s U.S. platform. From January 1, 2012, Mr. Cavoores re-assumed his role as a non-executive director of the Company. From September 2006 until March 2010, Mr. Cavoores was an advisor to Blackstone. During 2006, Mr. Cavoores was a Managing Director of Century Capital, a Boston-based private equity firm. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Cavoores served as President and Chief Executive Officer of OneBeacon Insurance Company, a subsidiary of the White Mountains Insurance Group. He was employed with OneBeacon from 2001 to 2005. Among his other positions, Mr. Cavoores was President of National Union Insurance Company, a subsidiary of AIG, Inc. He spent 19 years at Chubb Insurance Group, where he served as Chief Underwriting Officer, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of overseas operations, based in London. Mr. Cavoores currently serves as the chairman of Guidewire Software, Inc. and is a current director of Cunningham Lindsey, Inc. Mr. Cavoores previously served as a director of Cyrus Reinsurance Holdings and Alliant Insurance Holdings.


Gary Gregg

 

Gary GreggMr. Gregg has been a director of the Company since April 24, 2013. Since May 2013, Mr. Gregg has been an advisor to Ortelius Ventures LLC. From 2011 to 2013, Mr. Gregg was engaged as a private consultant on a number of insurance and non-insurance related business purchase transactions. Prior to this, Mr. Gregg held various senior positions at Liberty Mutual Group from 1989 to 2011. From 2005 to 2011, Mr. Gregg served as President of Liberty Mutual Agency Corporation, one of Liberty Mutual Group’s four major business units. Prior to this, he served as President of Commercial Markets, another of the four major business units within Liberty Mutual Group from 1999 to 2005. Before joining Liberty Mutual Group, Mr. Gregg was a partner at KPMG Peat Marwick LLP from 1988 to 1989, where he also held various positions of increasing responsibility from 1979 to 1988. Mr. Gregg also served as assistant manager at Melville Corporation from 1978 to 1979. Mr. Gregg is currently a member of the Executive Committee, the Vice-Chairman of the Audit Committee, the Vice-Chairman of the Nominating Committee and the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts, having previously served as a member of the Board of Governors. Mr. Gregg is also a member of the Academic Affairs Committee and the Dean’s Executive Council of the D’Amore-Mckim School of Business at Northeastern University. Mr. Gregg also serves as a Trustee, member of the audit committee and Chairman of the Development Committee at the Stimson Center.
 


Heidi Hutter

 

Heidi HutterMs. Hutter has been a director of the Company since June 21, 2002 and Lead Independent Director since October 29, 2014. She served as a non-executive director of Aspen U.K. from August 6, 2002 until April 1, 2016 and as a director and Chair of AMAL, the managing agent of our Lloyd’s Syndicate 4711, since February 28, 2008. She has served as Chief Executive Officer of Black Diamond Group, LLC since 2001 and Manager of Black Diamond Capital Partners since 2005. Ms. Hutter began her career in 1979 with Swiss Reinsurance Company in New York where she specialized in the then new field of finite reinsurance. From 1993 to 1995, she was Project Director for the Equitas Project at Lloyd’s which became the largest run-off reinsurer in the world. From 1996 to 1999, she served as Chief Executive Officer of Swiss Re America and was a member of the Executive Board of Swiss Re in Zurich. Ms. Hutter currently serves as a director and Chair of the audit committee of Shenandoah Life Insurance Company and as a director of Prosperity Life Insurance Group LLC (Shenandoah’s holding company) and SBLI USA Life Insurance Company, Inc. She was previously a director and Chair of the audit committee of AmeriLife Group LLC, a director of Aquila, Inc., Smart Insurance Company (formerly United Prosperity Life Insurance Company) and Talbot Underwriting and related corporate entities.


Gordon Ireland

 

Gordon IrelandMr. Ireland has been a director of the Company since February 7, 2013 and was appointed as a non-executive director of Aspen U.K. on March 30, 2016. He worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and its predecessor firms for 36 years until 2010 where he was a member of the U.K. Firms’ Supervisory Board for nine years, serving at various times as Chairman of the Senior Management Remuneration Committee and Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board and was for a number of years Chairman of the PricewaterhouseCoopers’ partner admissions panel. Mr. Ireland was Chairman of the PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Global International Insurance Accounting Group. Mr. Ireland represented PricewaterhouseCoopers on The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales Accounting sub-Committee. Mr. Ireland has also represented the ICAEW on the Federation des Experts Comptables European equivalent committee and was a member of the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group Financial Instruments Working Group. Since July 2010, Mr. Ireland has been a director of L&F Holdings Limited and Chief Executive of L&F Indemnity Limited, the professional indemnity captive insurance group which serves the PricewaterhouseCoopers network. He is also a director of Lifeguard Insurance (Dublin) Limited, Catamount Indemnity Limited, Professional Asset Indemnity Limited and Global Insurance Company Limited.


Karl Mayr

 

Karl MayrMr. Mayr has been a director of the Company since December 2, 2015. Mr. Mayr has also served as a director of Aspen Insurance UK Limited and a member of its Risk Committee since June 2015. Karl Mayr has over thirty years of experience in the reinsurance sector, primarily in Europe, across a number of product lines in both an underwriting capacity and in managerial roles. Mr. Mayr worked at Axis from 2003 to 2015 where his most recent roles were as Vice Chairman of Axis Reinsurance and President and Chief Executive Officer of Axis Re Europe. Prior to this, Mr. Mayr was at GE Frankona Reinsurance Company.

 


Bret Pearlman

 

Bret PearlmanMr. Pearlman has been a director of the Company since July 24, 2013. Since 2004, Mr. Pearlman has been a Managing Director of Elevation Partners, where he is also a Co-Founder. In October 2014, Mr. Pearlman also became a Manager of HRS 1776 Partners. Previously, Mr. Pearlman worked for The Blackstone Group where he served as a Senior Managing Director from 2000 to 2004 and held various roles from 1989 to 2000. Mr. Pearlman has also been a board member of Forbes Media LLC since 2009. From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Pearlman was the Chairman and a board member of VGH Holdings. Mr. Pearlman continues to serve on the board of the Youth Renewal Fund Charity and the Jericho Athletic Association charity.


Ron Pressman

 

Ron Pressman

Mr. Pressman has been a director of the Company since November 17, 2011. Effective January 30, 2012, Mr. Pressman was appointed as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of TIAA-CREF. Previously, he worked at General Electric (“GE”) Corporation for 31 years, where he was most recently President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Capital Real Estate from 2007 until 2011. From 2000 to 2007, Mr. Pressman also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Asset Management and as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Employers Reinsurance. Earlier in his career, Mr. Pressman led GE’s energy businesses in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Southwest Asia and the United States. Mr. Pressman previously served as a member of the board of New York Life Insurance Company from November 2011 until January 2012. He currently serves as Chairman of the national board of A Better Chance, a non-profit organization which provides leadership development opportunities for children of color in the United States. He is also a director of Pathways to College, a non-profit organization that prepares young people from deprived communities for college. Mr. Pressman is also a charter trustee of Hamilton College.