Liberty Specialty Markets (LSM), part of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, has promoted Melanie O’Neill (pictured) to the role of chief underwriting officer of its commercial division.
Previously head of professional lines at LSM, O’Neill’s appointment is effective immediately, and she succeeds Alan Telford, who is retiring after 19 years with Liberty.
With over 30 years’ experience in the London market, O’Neill began her insurance career in 1989 at broker Nelson, Hurst & Marsh, later part of Lockton. In 1994, she joined Brit Insurance as professional indemnity underwriter, before becoming senior underwriter in 2003 with Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe, now part of LSM.
“Mel’s appointment shows the calibre of our home-grown talent. She has been instrumental in delivering our strategy and demonstrating our values,” said Phil Hobbs, deputy managing director, Liberty Specialty Markets. “She brings a huge supply of energy, ideas and leadership skill to the role of CUO. Her in-depth knowledge, experience and a straight-forward, collaborative style make her a very welcome addition to our senior leadership team.
“I’d also like to thank Alan Telford for his service and the commitment he’s shown to Liberty over the years. Mel will work closely with Alan to transition into her new role.”