Accelerant selects head of distribution for Europe

Key hire joins the firm from Lloyd's

Accelerant selects head of distribution for Europe

Insurance News

By Mika Pangilinan

Insurance platform Accelerant has announced the appointment of Gabriella Engstrand as head of distribution for Europe.

Engstrand has over 17 years of insurance industry experience. She joins Accelerant from Lloyd’s, where she most recently served as head of European broker distribution.

At Lloyd’s, Engstrand led the implementation of distribution strategies across Europe with a strong emphasis on driving proximity between the market and regional stakeholders. She also spent time as an insurance consultant at Söderberg & Partners, a prominent Nordic financial adviser and insurance broker.

Engstrand is set to assume her new role at Accelerant in January 2024. She will be leading the development of existing and new markets in Europe, leveraging the company’s proprietary risk exchange platform to empower specialty underwriters.

Accelerant serves a selected network of members in the managing general underwriter and program administrator space across the US, UK, Canada, and Europe. Its risk exchange platform provides data and insights to drive growth for members while facilitating connections with risk capital providers interested in their curated portfolios of specialty risk.

“I am delighted to welcome Gabriella to Accelerant,” said CEO and co-founder Jeff Radke in an emailed news release. “Gabriella has exceptional experience and knowledge across the entire European region, which will be critical as we build on Accelerant’s momentum in the region. She has a deep understanding of the challenges facing the best MGAs in the legacy value chain and brings a wealth of practical insights to help those specialty underwriters and MGAs gain the benefits of the Accelerant Risk Exchange.”

Headquartered in the US, Accelerant currently has licenses to trade in 30 European Economic Area (EEA) countries.

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