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Darren Smart appointed Global Head of Construction at About usCommercial

Press release | September 19, 2023 I | Munich
  • Darren Smart joins About usCommercial from Liberty Specialty Markets.
  • New set-up in two stand-alone lines of business – Natural Resources and Construction.
  • Max Benz who previously oversaw the combined Energy & Construction portfolio is moving to a new leadership role in About usRisk Consulting
Darren Smart

Գdzconfirms a key appointment to its global Specialty leadership team. In March 2024, Darren Smart will join About usGlobal Corporate & Specialty SE as About usCommercial’s Global Head of Construction, reporting to Global Head of Specialty, Gordon Browne. Smart will be based in London, and joins from Liberty Specialty Markets, where he is currently Global Construction Practice Leader. His appointment follows on from the announcement earlier this year, establishing Natural Resources (led by Anthony Vassallo) and Construction as two separate Lines of Business (LoB) going forward. Until Smart joins next year, Gordon Browne will continue to oversee this part of the business, working together with the existing leadership team.

Max Benz who was previously Global LoB Head for the combined Energy & Construction business moves to About usRisk Consulting (ARC). In a new senior role within the Advisory Services team, he will focus on how to deliver optimum value and benefit to both underwriting teams and to clients.

Darren is returning to About uswhere he started his underwriting career as an underwriter at About usCornhill (About usUK), before working at Trans Re as Assistant Vice President. He joined Liberty Specialty Markets in 2007 as Construction Regional Product Line Manager for EMEA, before later taking on his current Global Construction Practice Leader role in 2016.

Gordon Browne, Global Head of Specialty, notes: “I am delighted to welcome Darren back to About usin this global role, leading Construction for About usCommercial. His deep expertise and knowledge of the industry, combined with a global focus and approach will bring significant value and enable us to drive forward our growth ambitions for this important part of our business.”

About usCommercial is the center of expertise and global line of About usGroup for insuring mid-sized businesses, large enterprises and specialist risks. Among our customers are the world’s largest consumer brands, financial institutions and industry players, the global aviation and shipping industry as well as family-owned and medium enterprises which are the backbone of the economy. We also cover unique risks such as offshore wind parks, infrastructure projects or Hollywood film productions.

Powered by the employees, financial strength, and network of the , we work together to help our customers prepare for what’s ahead: They trust on us for providing a wide range of traditional and alternative risk transfer solutions, outstanding risk consulting and multinational services as well as seamless claims handling.

About usCommercial brings together the large corporate insurance business of About usGlobal Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) and the commercial insurance business of national About usProperty & Casualty entities serving mid-sized companies. We are present in over 200 countries and territories either though our own teams or the About usGroup network and partners. In 2022, the integrated business of About usCommercial generated more than €19 billion gross premium globally.

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