Antares, the Lloyd’s managing agent and member of the QIC Group, today announces the appointment of John Taylor as Head of Specialty. He will report to the Active Underwriter, Joe Battle and replaces Kieran Oliver, who is retiring from Antares after a distinguished career.
Taylor has more than 25 years’ experience in the insurance industry and joins Antares from CNA Hardy, where he most recently served as Head of Specialty. He has held a range of senior roles at CNA Hardy over the course of 12 years, including Chief Underwriting Officer, European Financial Lines Manager and UK Financial Lines Manager. Prior to that, he was at Chubb for nine years, having begun his insurance career as a broker at Willis.
Battle said: “Specialty is a key focus at Antares, and our team has gone from strength to strength under Kieran’s guidance in recent years. He has made a lasting impact on our team and I would like to thank him for his years of dedicated service”.
“John is a worthy successor to Kieran’s legacy and we have ambitious plans for the business. We see significant growth opportunities in the segment and John’s experience and understanding of the market will be crucial to continuing and further strengthening our market-beating results. I am pleased that Antares continues to attract individuals of such high calibre and therefore warmly welcome John to the Antares team during the course of this quarter.”
Peter Rigby / Kuba Stawiski Haggie Partners
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Notes to editors
Antares is an established independent Managing Agent at Lloyd’s, the world’s global insurance and reinsurance market of choice. As Syndicate 1274, we deliver a worldwide diversified range of Property, Casualty, Marine and Aviation underwriting services through our highly experienced team of underwriters. Since its launch, the syndicate has successfully developed and grown its capacity from £135m to £350m in 2017. Antares was acquired by QIC in June 2014. For more information, please visit www.antaresunderwriting.com.
Qatar Insurance Company (QIC) is a publicly listed composite insurer with a consistent performance history of over 50 years and a global underwriting footprint. Founded in 1964, QIC was the first domestic insurance company in the State of Qatar. Today, QIC is the market leader in Qatar and a dominant insurer in the GCC and MENA region. QIC is one of the highest rated insurers in the Gulf region with a rating of A/Stable from Standard & Poor’s and A(Excellent) from A.M. Best. In terms of profitability and market capitalization, QIC is also the largest insurance company in the MENA region. It is listed on the Qatar Exchange and has a market capitalization of over USD 4 billion. For further information on QIC please visit www.qatarinsurance.com.