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Amwins appoints first chief underwriting officer

Amwins appoints first chief underwriting officer | Insurance Business UK

Amwins appoints first chief underwriting officer

Mark Bernacki (pictured) – who most recently served as executive vice president of Amwins Group’s underwriting division and president of Amwins Special Risk Underwriters – has now become the first chief underwriting officer at Amwins.

The newly created position will see Bernacki take charge of the underwriting performance of the North Carolina-headquartered company’s US$3 billion-plus delegated authority business. The Beazley alum’s remit will span building on the group’s underwriting integrity and infrastructure, expanding global underwriting capacity and key market relationships, and developing new products and programmes.

Meanwhile, the now CUO will continue to focus on growing Amwins’ alternative risk capabilities, focussing on key growth areas Bermuda and London. Bernacki will also continue to oversee operations for underwriting facility Amwins Special Risk Underwriters, which offers capacity exclusively through Amwins brokers.

Commenting on his immediate appointment, the underwriting chief said: “It has been a privilege to be part of the Amwins team for the past two years, and I look forward to growing our underwriting capabilities while continuing to innovate with new products.

“At Amwins, we fundamentally believe insurance is both a relationship and data-driven business; harnessing the best of these within our entrepreneurial culture will fuel success for our clients and capacity partners alike.”

Operating through more than 155 offices globally, the specialty insurance wholesale distributor handles premium placements in excess of US$26 billion annually.

“Mark is an exceptional individual who has served as an integral part of our leadership team,” added Amwins chief executive Scott M. Purviance. “Focussing on underwriting integrity while driving value for our carrier partners and clients, Mark’s skills and experience will prove invaluable as the company grows and executes our 150-year vision.”