International specialty insurance and reinsurance group, Chaucer Group, has bid farewell to Brad French, the chief executive officer of SLE Holdings (SLE, known in the market as SLE Worldwide Australia), a part of Chaucer.
French, who made it to the Insurance Business Hot List 2020, will leave the company at the end of 2021 after 25 years of service. Before working at Chaucer, he was a managing director at Pacific Underwriting Pty Ltd.
SLE is a managing general underwriter (MGU) that writes a broad range of specialty property and casualty products focusing on sports, leisure, and entertainment markets.
As a former rugby player, French brought his passion for sports and live events to SLE, as shown via his 2018 interview with Insurance Business when he said: “Anyone from a busker on Pitt Street through to AC/DC at ANZ Stadium should be able to receive insurance, but the specifics of their policies can – and should – look quite different.”
In 2017, Chaucer snapped up SLE to increase the capabilities and specialty product lines of its Syndicate 1084 and enhance its competitive position in Australia.
Chaucer Group CEO John Fowle commented that French's contribution to the firm for 25 years could not be overstated.
“Under Brad's leadership, SLE has become a recognised leader for product innovation, broker-friendly technology, and customer service. We thank him for his service and wish him well for the future,” Fowle said in a statement.
Chaucer will announce the replacement CEO in due course, with SLE chairman Simon Rice providing additional support during the transition.