26 January 2021EMEA analysis

SRS makes three hires in its new Zurich office

Strategic Risk Solutions (SRS) has opened an office in Zurich, Switzerland, and hired Markus Beck, Georg Balint and Maria Sandoval from Aon to grow the business there.

Beck will be a managing director at SRS in Switzerland when he takes up his post on April 1, 2021, leading the Swiss insurance management practice.

Beck was previously at Aon Insurance Managers in Switzerland and Liechtenstein where he was managing director of captive operations. He joined Aon in 2015 and has held several other roles, including senior risk finance consultant and chief compliance officer.

Beck began his career with Generali where he was executive officer for five years before moving to Hiscox in Munich where he was senior underwriter for eight years. He has also worked at Nationale Suisse Group as senior controller of finance.

Balint, who has already started at SRS, is also a managing director and leads the Swiss actuarial practice. At Aon he has served as senior consultant and head of actuarial and analytics since 2017.

Balint began his career with KPMG in Germany and then worked as group actuary with AXA in Switzerland for six years, before moving to Nationale Suisse Group where he was group actuary and actuarial audit manager for nine years.

In his new role he supports the European risk consulting operations, providing Swiss and Solvency II actuarial reserving and risk management services.

Sandoval will take up the post of senior account manager on March 1, 2021, supporting Swiss-domiciled clients. She was also previously at Aon Insurance Managers in Switzerland and Liechtenstein, where she has served as an account manager since 2016.

Before joining Aon she was a corporate controller with the Holcim Group in Zurich for 15 years.

Beck said: “I believe there is a strong need for an independent and unbiased source of advisory services and I have been impressed with SRS’ client centric culture, high staff retention, low client turnover and outstanding client service.”

Brady Young, chief executive officer at SRS, said: “With its vigilant regulatory regime and stable operating environment, Switzerland is a key market for SRS, so this is another milestone in our goal of expanding the global reach of our company.”

The three hires “will add depth to our growing European presence and operate as part of SRS’s broader pan-European insurance management team,” Young added.