The Managing General Agents’ Association (MGAA) has announced that James Gerry has been elected as the new chairman during the first meeting of its new board on March 14.
With over 30 years’ experience in the insurance industry, Gerry is the chairman of GB Underwriting and has served as a board director for MGAA since February 2012. He will be succeeding the retiring Reg Brown, a founder of the Association and its first chair.
Regarding his plans as chairman of the MGAA, Gerry said, “There has to be value associated with being a member of the MGAA and we are determined to deliver clear, tangible benefits to the MGA community.”
The MGAA also announced its new board of directors on February 24. It is composed of:
- Catherine Bell, chairman of inet3
- Mark Birrell, chief executive of Castel Underwriting
- Tom Downey, managing director of Pen Underwriting’s specialty division
- Charles Earle, non-executive director of Advent Solutions Holdings
- James Gerry, chairman of GB Underwriting
- Mike Keating, commercial managing director of UK General
- Charles Manchester, chief executive of Manchester Underwriting Management
- Bill O’Malley, senior vice president, business development and broker management at Arch Insurance Group (market practitioner member representative).
- Keith Stern, regional manager, UK & Ireland at Lloyd’s (supplier member representative)
- Jeff Turner, chief executive of Miramar Underwriting
The board of directors also elected the chairpersons of the Association’s various standing committees. These were Charles Earle, conduct & ethics; Mike Keating, executive & finance, and Catherine Bell, membership, benefits, events and training. James Gerry will continue to chair the legal, regulatory & compliance committee.