BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY SPECIALTY INSURANCE (BHSI)
The arrival of Warren Buffett’s BHSI in Australia was highly anticipated for some time. When the company received its Australian insurance licence in April 2015, all eyes were on its new operations and local leadership team, led by Chris Colahan. Colahan may be one of the younger executive leaders in general insurance in Australia, but he’s already chalked up over a decade of experience with RSA Insurance in several senior leadership roles throughout Asia, most recently as its regional chief executive, based in Singapore. BHSI’s global president and CEO Peter Eastwood shared his own high opinion of Colahan with Insurance Business last year, describing him as “an exceptionally talented individual”. In just 10 months, under Colahan’s leadership, BHSI has expanded its presence in Australasia to four offices, and its range of product lines continues to grow. And as Colahan has told Insurance Business himself, this is only the beginning!