Chris O’Kane has been Chief Executive Officer and a director of Aspen since he founded the company in 2002. He has over 30 years of insurance and reinsurance experience, after beginning his career as a Lloyd's of London broker.
He established Aspen as a Bermuda-domiciled insurance and reinsurance group with a team from Wellington Underwriting plc, a leading specialist insurance and reinsurance company quoted on the London Stock Exchange.
At Wellington, Chris was a director and Chief Underwriting Officer of Wellington’s principal underwriting operation, Syndicate 2020 at Lloyd’s of London. During his time at Wellington, he built specialist knowledge in property insurance and reinsurance, together with underwriting capabilities in a broad range of other (re)insurance disciplines.
Under his leadership, Aspen has grown from its beginnings as a writer of UK commercial insurance, and property and casualty reinsurance to becoming a New York Stock Exchange listed company with total assets of $9.5 billion, now offering a broad range of specialty, property and casualty insurance and reinsurance lines. The company operates from almost 30 offices ineight countries, and has more than 800 employees.
Chris lives in London, is married and has three children. He is a keen skier and collector of contemporary art.