Reinsurance

Manage and share risk exposure

Analytically Powered, Transactionally Driven, Solution Focused.

We provide reinsurance broking and advisory services with a reputation for innovative reinsurance placements. We work with major insurance companies and insurance distribution to understand and achieve corporate risk management goals through the purchase of reinsurance and insurance portfolio solutions. With our global team of more than 260 experienced and talented employees dedicated to providing bespoke advisory, portfolio, and reinsurance solutions, we are driving a sophisticated, tech-enabled future for the insurance industry. We work relentlessly to improve the efficiency and value of every reinsurance program and compete on expertise, ideas, and relationships.

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Reinsurance

Leadership

Head shot of Grahame Millwater
President, Acrisure Markets & International

Grahame Millwater

Chief Executive Officer

Jason Howard

Simon Headley, President, Acrisure Reinsurance
President

Simon J. Hedley

Partner

Stephen Wood

Chief Financial Officer

Dexter Des Vignes

Partner

Nigel Dane

Partner – Global Head of Product

Adam Hedley

Partner

David Sowrey

Clark Hontz, President, Acrisure Reinsurance
President

Clark Hontz

Tom Horrell, Partner, Acrisure Reinsurance
Partner

Tom Horrell

Partner – Chief Actuary

Jack Buckley

Managing Director

Jeff Turner

Mike Cross, Partner, Acrisure Reinsurance
Partner

Michael Cross

Group Chief Operating Officer

Stephen Farrell

Marc Piccione, Partner, Acrisure Reinsurance
Partner

Marc P. Piccione

CEO, Acrisure London Wholesale

John Sutton

Partner

Josie Vinci

President, Acrisure Markets & International

Grahame Millwater

Grahame Millwater, President of Acrisure Markets & International, brings considerable industry experience to revenue growth, carrier relationships and analytical strategies.

Grahame leads Acrisure International and is expanding Acrisure’s model outside North America, with acquisitions to date in the UK, Continental Europe and Bermuda.

He also has the responsibility for driving forward Acrisure’s relationships and strategy with all forms of underwriting capital, including insurers, reinsurers and also insurance related funds. In his role he assumes responsibility for all the market facing elements of the organization, including the reinsurance business, wholesale relationships, Acrisure Partner Solutions (APS), and the Carrier Management team.

Prior to joining, Millwater had led and built Beach and Associates as Chief Executive Officer, a London-based Global Reinsurance Intermediary that partnered with Acrisure in early 2018.

Prior to Beach, Grahame served in a number of senior positions over a 27-year tenure with Willis Group. He was CEO of Willis Re from 2004, and then became President and COO of Willis Group in 2008 with responsibility for all the global and international businesses outside North America.

Chief Executive Officer

Jason Howard

Jason joined Acrisure Re (formerly Beach) in April 2016 as CEO, UK and International. In January 2019, he was appointed Group CEO with responsibility for running the global business. Jason has over 30 years’ experience in the reinsurance industry, having worked for Willcox/Johnson & Higgins, and various divisions of the Willis Group.

He was made CEO of Willis Re International and Specialty in 2010. Jason headed up Glencairn in 2012 and oversaw the creation of Faber Global, the combined Willis Facultative and Glencairn, and made CEO following the amalgamation. In July 2014, Jason became CEO of Acappella Holdings.

President

Simon J. Hedley

Simon J. Hedley, President of Acrisure Re (formerly Beach) and CEO Acrisure Re North America, joined J. H. Minet & Co (London) at the age of 19, starting in the international claims department before moving to international & US reinsurance production and placement. His reinsurance broking experience includes working in the London, Australian, and North American reinsurance markets. Simon’s area of expertise includes reinsurance  market strategy; brokerage start up, expansion and management; execution in all major P&C classes; and the design and placement of large, complex reinsurance programs for reinsurers.

Partner

Stephen Wood

Having begun his career in Toronto at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Stephen worked in various top finance roles – mainly in investment banking – for Chemical Bank, Bankers Trust, and Credit Suisse. Stephen later went to Enron where PwC kept him on to oversee and assist in the governance and stewardship of Enron’s liquidation, which ended up being one of the biggest and most complicated liquidations in history. Post-Enron Stephen worked at General Electric (Chief Financial Officer of one its subsidiaries) and then Willis, where from 2013 he held various senior finance roles such as acting Group Chief Financial Officer, Global Group Controller, and Chief Operating Officer of Global Finance Services. Stephen joined Acrisure Re (formerly Beach) in February 2016 and held the position of CFO for four years. He is now CFO of Acrisure International, but keeps his role of Partner at Acrisure Re.

Chief Financial Officer

Dexter Des Vignes

Dexter Des Vignes, Chief Financial Officer, leads our global Finance and Treasury group and is part of the executive management team at Acrisure Re (formerly Beach). Dexter is a Canadian CA, CPA and is a seasoned insurance and reinsurance professional with over 25 years of experience in the industry. Prior to joining Acrisure Re in 2005, Dexter held senior management positions both at a large reinsurance group and a large mutual captive in Bermuda. Dexter began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers both in Toronto, Canada and Hamilton, Bermuda, servicing clients in the reinsurance, retail, financial services, and business systems and technology sectors. Dexter also holds the Associate in Reinsurance professional designation.

Partner

Nigel Dane

Nigel has 40 years of experience working in the insurance and reinsurance industry. In November 2002, as Managing Director, Nigel was responsible for setting up and running the London office for Acrisure Re (formerly Beach).

Nigel started his insurance career in 1980 at Sedgwick Payne with the North American casualty team. Over the next 10 years, he worked on both sides of the Atlantic gaining wide exposure to a myriad of different classes ranging from crop insurance to property catastrophe and professional liability. In 1989, along with three colleagues, Nigel set up the reinsurance broker Fox Craig to provide an independent outlet for US intermediaries seeking access to the London market. Following five consecutive years of growth, Fox Craig elected to sell to Bradstock in 1994. Nigel was subsequently appointed Managing Director of their Non-Marine division.

Partner – Global Head of Product

Adam Hedley

Adam has 28 years of global reinsurance broking experience across all lines of business. He has been at Acrisure Re (formerly Beach) for over 15 years, working out of both the Toronto and the London offices. Adam focuses mainly on the streamlining and efficiency of complex placements.

Partner

David Sowrey

David entered the London market in 1989 as a Graduate Trainee for CT Bowring, now Guy Carpenter. He joined Acrisure Re (formerly Beach) in 2012 in order to help grow the London platform, having previously held positions at BMS Re, JLT Re, Willis Re, and RK Carvill, where he was a Director of the London business.

David has spent most of his career in the London Market property, casualty, and multi-line reinsurance and retro markets. Since joining Acrisure Re, David has also been involved in the development and placement of insurance risk, notably Lloyd’s consortia and MGAs.

David has been a Partner at Acrisure Re since the Partnership was formed in 2013.

President

Clark Hontz

Clark has 34 years’ experience in reinsurance, initially working in New York and London and most recently, 19 years in the Bermuda reinsurance market in both the underwriting and brokering side of the business.

Clark has devoted much of his time and expertise in the execution of Capital Market transactions ranging from property catastrophe retro placements to developing short tail casualty structures. Clark joined Acrisure Re (formerly Beach) in 2010 and works with all of the group offices globally.

Partner

Tom Horrell

Tom has 18 years of experience in reinsurance. He joined Acrisure Re (formerly Beach) London in 2006 and relocated to Bermuda in 2011 to assist with establishing the office. Tom’s main area of expertise is working with both traditional and non-traditional reinsurance clients, structuring complex property and specialty solutions. Tom has an Advanced Diploma from the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Partner – Chief Actuary

Jack Buckley

Jack is a qualified actuary with 20 years of insurance and reinsurance industry experience. Jack joined Acrisure Re (formerly Beach) in 2018 and runs Beach’s analytical team. He brings with him a broad range of actuarial experience in capital, pricing, and reserving. Jack has worked in a variety of senior industry and consulting roles both within actuarial and risk functions.

Managing Director

Jeff Turner

Jeff is a senior actuary and Partner and joined Acrisure Re (formerly Beach) in 2007 as the second actuarial employee. He worked in London for three years overseeing and developing the Analytics team prior to returning to Toronto in 2016 to manage the Toronto broking team. As an actuary, his responsibilities include the technical analysis of portfolios of insurance business, risk management via capital modelling, and the structuring and pricing of reinsurance solutions. His specialty is large and complex reinsurance of commercial casualty lines for multinational insurance clients. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Applied Mathematics and Engineering and is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society.

Partner

Michael Cross

Michael Cross has over 32 years of experience in the reinsurance industry. From 2011 to 2014, he was Chief Executive Officer of Axiom Re until the acquisition of Axiom by Acrisure Re (formerly Beach) in December of 2014. Michael presently leads the Burlington, NC, office. Michael spent the majority of his career with Willis Re from 1983 through 2011 where he managed the Southeast region. During his career, his focus has been on property and casualty lines with special emphasis on large property reinsurance programs in the Southeast. At Willis, he was involved with the FL Citizens program, the NCJUA, and the California Earthquake Authority. In addition, he has been involved in handling the reinsurance structure for the largest program covering wind exposed condominiums in Florida, with aggregate limits peaking at $36B. During his tenure in the industry, he has established excellent relationships throughout the global reinsurance marketplace. Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts from Gettysburg College.

Group Chief Operating Officer

Stephen Farrell

Stephen has worked in the London insurance/reinsurance market for 30 years performing a variety of roles in that period. Stephen started his career at Minet Re performing various technical roles in the reinsurance field. He gained insurance and binding authority experience at Cogent, and in 1997 helped start up a new Lloyd’s broker Special Risks Insurance Brokers Ltd.

In 2001, Stephen joined R K Carvill as an account manager and later became a Divisional Director running the operations/technical side of the binding authority and London market reinsurance divisions. In 2009, he moved over to the Carvill owned MGA businesses under the umbrella of Avoca Holdings performing various roles from finance, compliance, and board functions. In 2011, Stephen re-joined his Ex Carvill colleagues at Willis Re working on global reinsurance accounts. Stephen joined Acrisure Re (formerly Beach) in November 2012 as SVP utilizing his extensive experience in reinsurance and binding authorities to support the growth of the London office. In 2016, Stephen was appointed COO of London & International, and became Group COO in January 2020.

Partner

Marc P. Piccione

Marc P. Piccione, Partner, joined the New York office of Acrisure Re (formerly Beach) in 2015 from U.S. RE Corporation, where he led client and production teams since 2003. Prior to that he worked at the Munich Re Group’s head office in Munich, Germany in the Ceded Retrocession Department and assisted in the placement of over $1 Billion of limit in the reinsurance marketplace with reinsurers throughout the globe. Prior to Munich Re, Marc worked at the head office of Assicurazioni Generali in Trieste, Italy in the Generali Group’s Reinsurance and Retrocession Department.

Marc currently handles the account management and placement of a number of property catastrophe excess of loss programs, with a specific focus on high severity territories including, but not limited to, Florida, Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. With his strong catastrophe background, Marc has a full understanding of catastrophe risk and exposure management, including knowledge in the use and interpretation of catastrophe modeling and related innovative portfolio optimization methodologies. He works very closely with his clients to implement these and other related strategies to help them achieve the optimal combination of return on capital, reinsurance costs, and comprehensive coverage.

In addition, Marc has been instrumental in the placement of some of the world’s largest property catastrophe excess of loss programs, an example of which is the Turkish Catastrophe Insurance Pool with more than $3 billion of Earthquake limit placed with reinsurers and capital markets throughout the world. Such placements have given Marc extensive experience and credibility with domestic, London, European, and Asian traditional reinsurers, as well as capital markets and collateralized (ILS) capacity.

CEO, Acrisure London Wholesale

John Sutton

John has nearly 40 years of insurance and reinsurance industry experience. He joined Beach in March 2018, to establish a new wholesale broking platform in London – Acrisure London Wholesale.

John started his insurance career in 1982 gaining wide exposure in the professional liability arena, first as a reinsurance broker and then as an underwriter. In 1989, he joined Marsh FINPRO where he helped to further establish the FINPRO Re book of business for the London operation. In 1994, along with two colleagues, John established a new Lloyd’s wholesale brokerage firm, Humphreys Haggas Sutton & Co (HHS), representing independent retail brokerage firms, MGAs and reinsurance clients in the Lloyd’s market. In 2005, HHS elected to sell to the newly formed Integro Insurance Brokers, and John was appointed CEO of their London market wholesale platform.

Partner

Josie Vinci

Josie joined Acrisure Re (formerly Beach) as the HR lead in 2013 and was responsible for upgrading HR policies and procedures. She was instrumental in devising the partnership structure and established the company’s talent management framework including the development of the firm’s very successful graduate program.  As a business partner to senior management, she provides advice and support to the Executive team and is responsible for all Acrisure Re HR initiatives, as well as overseeing global payroll.  Previously, Josie spent 9 years at Willis within the HR department. Prior to that she worked in Executive Search within Financial Services and Pharmaceuticals.  Josie has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Modern Languages & Linguistics and is CIPD qualified.

Our Locations

Toronto

Suite 1120, 95 Wellington Street West, PO Box 16
Toronto, ON, M5J 2N7, Canada

Toll-Free (Canada & USA):
1 877 368 9680

Telephone:
+1 416 368 9680

London

New London House,
6 London Street
London, EC3R 7LP, United Kingdom

Telephone:
+44 20 7680 8380

New York City

One Liberty Plaza,
165 Broadway,
New York, NY, 10006, USA

Telephone:
+1 212 792 8900

Burlington

Suite 101, 521 Boone Station Drive, Burlington,
NC, 27215, USA

Telephone:
+1 336 506 2040

Hamilton

4th Floor, The Roger Davidson Building, 32 Reid Street,
Hamilton, HM11, Bermuda

Telephone:
+1 441 296 2772

Zurich

Haus Gryffenberg,
Bahnhofstr. 10 / Entrance Börsenstr. 18,
8001, Zurich, Switzerland

Telephone:
+41 78 669 1 740

Seattle

Seattle, WA, USA

Telephone:
+1 206 673 0159

Atlanta

Atlanta, GA, USA

Telephone:
+1 770 923 3131
+1 770 923 3133

Amsterdam

Arcadialaan 36a
1813 KN Alkmaar NL

Telephone:
+31 (0)72 541 41 55

Careers

Acrisure Re and Acrisure London Wholesale are home to market leading talent and our culture of collaboration is evident throughout the business, globally. We have developed initiatives to give every employee a voice and opportunity to thrive, whether you are starting or continuing your career with us.

If you are interested in joining a company where employee’s successes are celebrated, check our current vacancies on our LinkedIn page or contact [email protected]