Veteran cyber insurance leader joins Newfront

New exec is an alumna of IBA's Global 100 and Elite Women in Insurance lists

Veteran cyber insurance leader joins Newfront


By Ryan Smith

Tech-driven insurance brokerage Newfront has announced the appointment of Jennifer WIlson (pictured above) as head of cyber.

In her new role, Wilson will lead cyber coverage negotiation and claims advocacy at Newfront. She will report to Deirdre Finn, head of executive risk.

Wilson is joined in the cyber practice by Michele Lepper, Jennifer Kelly, Ellie Hughes, and cyber lead strategist Arturo Perez-Reyes, who joined Newfront in 2022, the company said.

“In our evolving economy, every business has cyber exposure and vulnerabilities,” said John Newell, chief commercial officer at Newfront. “Our new colleagues will help our clients stay on the cutting edge of identifying, understanding, and mitigating cyber risk.”

Wilson brings more than 25 years of experience to her new role. Prior to joining Newfront, she served as national cyber claims leader for Hub and the company’s cyber leader for New England. Wilson was recently named one of IBA’s Global 100. She was also named to IBA’s Elite Women in Insurance list in 2022.

Kelly, who will serve as senior cyber broker at Newfront, has 15 years of experience as an attorney in the insurance industry. Lepper, cyber claims advocate and contract specialist, has almost 25 years of industry experience. Hughes, cyber broker, recently graduated from Chubb and Carnegie Mellon’s Cyber COPE Insurance Certification Program.

“There has been tremendous change in the tech and cyber space following the pandemic, which brought a great deal of chaos to the industry,” Wilson said. “The onslaught of ransomware claims has created heightened scrutiny from the underwriters, who have implemented stringent IT security protocols on their insureds. I’m excited to lead our cyber practice and partner with the cyber ecosystem and our trading partners to best combat, protect, and mitigate our clients’ ever-evolving risk.”

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