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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 and a member of the Investment Committee 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. Mr. Jones serves as Chairman of Old Mutual Wealth following his appointment on September 29, 2016. Mr. Jones was the Chairman of Aldermore Group plc, chair of its corporate governance and nominating committee and a member of its compensation committee from March 2014 until February 2017. Mr. Jones was also the Chairman of Aldermore Bank plc, Aldermore Group plc’s banking subsidiary, from March 2014 until February 2017. Between September 2012 and May 2015, Mr. Jones was the Senior Independent Director, chair of the investment committee and audit committee member of Direct Line Insurance Group plc, a FTSE 100 company. He was also a director of UK Insurance Limited, a subsidiary of Direct Line, between October 2012 and May 2015. Mr. Jones was previously the Chairman of Hermes Fund Managers, BT Pension Scheme Management and Towry Holdings. Mr. Jones was the Chief Executive Officer of Thames River Capital LLP 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 the Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company 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. He also serves as a director on various other boards of the Company’s subsidiaries. Mr. O’Kane served as Chairman of Aspen Bermuda Limited (“Aspen Bermuda”) until December 2006. Effective July 26, 2016, Mr. O’Kane has been a director of Blue Marble Micro Insurance, a consortium of eight companies, including the Company. Prior to the creation of the Company, from November 2000 until June 2002, Mr. O’Kane served as a director of Wellington Underwriting plc 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.


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). Previously, 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 from 1996 until 1999. Since 2006, Mr. Beer has served on the Board of United Educators Insurance Company, a risk retention group focused on colleges and universities in the United States. Mr. Beer was also 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, having previously served as a non-executive director of the Company from 2002 to 2003 and 2007 to 2011. Mr. Botein is a Managing Partner of Gallatin Point Capital LLC. Previously, he was appointed Head of BlackRock Alternative Investors at BlackRock, Inc. (“BlackRock”) in 2010 and until January 2017 held the positions of co-Head and Chief Investment Officer of BlackRock’s alternative investment unit. Effective January 4, 2017, Mr. Botein serves as an advisor to BlackRock’s alternative investment unit. He served as Managing Director of BlackRock and was a member of BlackRock’s Global Operating Committee. From 2008, Mr. Botein has been a director of PennyMac Financial Services Inc. He has also served as a director at Northeast Bancorp since 2010. Previously, Mr. Botein was a director at Corelogic Inc. (previously First American Corporation) from 2009 until 2011, PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust from 2009 until 2013, Alliance Partners LLC from 2011 until 2017 and Alignment Artist Capital LLC from2015 until 2017.


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 also the Co-Chief Executive Officer of our Aspen Insurance business segment (“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 continued 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 was the Chairman of Guidewire Software, Inc. from June 2015 until December 2016 and a director from December 2012 until December 2016. Mr. Cavoores was also a director of Cunningham Lindsey, Inc. from 2014 until 2016. Mr. Cavoores previously served as a director of Alliant Insurance Holdings.


Gary Gregg

 

Gary GreggMr. Gregg has been a director of the Company since April 24, 2013. From May 2013 to January 2015, Mr. Gregg was 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 is currently a member of the Executive Committee, the Nominating Committee, and Chairman of the Finance Committee 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 also serves as a Trustee, member of the Audit Committee and Chairman of the Development Committee at the Stimson Center in Washington D.C. Mr. Gregg previously served as a member of the academic affairs committee and the dean’s executive council of the D’Amore School of Business at Northeastern University until 2015.


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 has served as a non-executive director of Aspen U.K. since August 6, 2002 and as a director and Chair of Aspen Managing Agency Limited (“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 (“Swiss Re”) 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 is director of Shenandoah Life Insurance Company, a director of SBLI USA Life Insurance Company, Inc. and a director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Prosperity Life Insurance Group LLC (Shenandoah’s and SBLI’s holding company). Ms. Hutter previously served as a director and Chair of the audit committee of AmeriLife Group LLC and as 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. 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 (“ICAEW”) 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. As of May 27, 2015, Mr. Ireland has been a director of Iccaria Insurance ICC Ltd, a subsidiary of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. that focuses on longevity swaps for pension funds. Mr. Ireland has also been a director of Yorkshire Building Society Group since September 2015. Mr. Ireland served as a director of Global Insurance Company Limited between March 2011 and December 2014. From July 2010 until June 2015, Mr. Ireland was 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 also served as a director of Lifeguard Insurance (Dublin) Limited, Catamount Indemnity Limited and Professional Asset Indemnity Limited from July 2010 to June 2015.


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 U.K. and a member of its Risk Committee since June 2015. Since October 2016, Mr. Mayr has served as a director of Aspen Managing Agency Limited and as a member of its Audit Committee. Mr. Mayr has served as a Director of Würzburger Versicherungs-AG since 2004. Mr. Mayr worked at Axis Re Europe and Axis Reinsurance from 2003 to 2014 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 was a board member of Forbes Media LLC from 2009 to 2014. He joined the board of CHM Holdings LLC in 2015. Mr. Pearlman continues to serve on the board of the YRF Darca charity and the Jericho Athletic Association charity.


Ron Pressman

 

Ron Pressman

Mr. Pressman has been a director of the Company since November 17, 2011. Mr. Pressman was appointed as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of TIAA Institutional Financial Services in September 2015, having previously served as Chief Operating Officer of TIAA from January 2012 until September 2015. 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 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. Mr. Pressman currently serves as a director on the board of The American Council of Life Insurers and as a director of Pathways to College, a non-profit organization that prepares young people from deprived communities for college. He is also a charter trustee of Hamilton College and a member of the Business Higher Education Forum. From 2006 until 2016, Mr. Pressman also served 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.