25 May 2022Executive Appointments

HDI realigns UK & Ireland businesses

HDI Global Specialty UK branch managing director Richard Taylor has been appointed to lead the operation in a new role as UK and Ireland chief executive, overseeing both HDI Global (HDIG) and HDI Global Specialty (HGS) businesses.

Taylor will also retain his position as member of the executive board (HGS). Stephanie Ogden and Rafael Rebitzky will support Taylor in his new role. Ogden is appointed managing director HDIG UK & Ireland having previously held the position director of underwriting and distribution. Rafael Rebitzky is appointed managing director of HGS, UK, having previously been underwriting director for specialty lines.

The alignment and appointments within HDI’s businesses in the UK and Ireland coincide with HDIG acquiring Hannover Re 49.8% stake in HGS in January to become the 100% shareholder, together with the appointment of Claire McDonald, the previous managing director of HDIG UK and Ireland to the HDIG management board to lead the property, marine cargo and engineering and construction lines of business.

According to HDI these changes are primarily designed to deliver products and services more effectively, putting broker partners and clients at the forefront of the proposition, but they also create a great platform for staff to develop their careers across both businesses.

“Realigning our combined operations under a common leadership structure will drive efficiencies in the way we do business and will bring the best for our HDI partners and clients,” said Ogden. “Whilst these changes may streamline some of our functions, as we already operate a lean operation, any changes will be made where it makes sense and supports our growth initiatives over the coming years.”

The existing governance structures for both HDIG and HGS will remain.

All changes are subject to regulatory approval.