December 18, 2017

Elephant Insurance, a direct-to consumer insurance specialist, has selected Alberto Schiavon as its new CEO.

Founded in 2009, Elephant is a direct-to-consumer insurance company offering auto, home, motorcycle and life products to customers nationally. Headquartered in Richmond, Va., it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Admiral Group plc, an insurance company based in the U.K.

Schiavon has worked for the Admiral Group for the last five years in a number of senior positions. He joined the Group in 2012 as an international pricing manager. More recently, he has been U.K. director of sales and marketing. Schiavon moved to Richmond, Va., in March 2017 to head marketing and pricing.

Schiavon takes over from Henry Engelhardt, the co-founder and former CEO of the Admiral Group, who recently stepped out of retirement to temporarily lead Elephant in March 2017. Elephant is also currently recruiting for positions in both its Dallas and Richmond, Va., locations.

Holborn Corporation, a U.S.-based independent reinsurance broker, announced that its board has elected Adam Manus as president and chief brokerage officer, effective immediately.

Manus is based in the firm’s New York City office. Frank Harrison will continue in his role as CEO and chairman of the board.

Joining the firm in 1993, Manus’ tenure with Holborn spans more than two decades. He previously served as executive vice president at Holborn, where he focused on leading client relations and production and served as head of analytics. He was also chair of the firm’s Franchise Operating Committee, where he helped steer strategic planning.

Holborn is a privately held, independent reinsurance brokerage firm established in 1920. Its offerings include advanced analytic tools, global market access and responsive reinsurance services. Through the adoption of an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) in 1998, Holborn became exclusively owned by its employees.

Maritime Program Group Inc. (MPG) of Westbrook, Conn., has hired Matthew Roper as manager of its Commercial Recreational Marine program.

In this role, Roper assumes responsibility for the growth, development and profitability of MPG’s core recreational marine portfolio. He is based out of the company’s Manchester, N.H., office.

Roper brings knowledge in the underwriting of marinas, boat dealers, boat builders and marine manufacturers. He comes to MPG from Chubb, where he spent the past six years as a senior underwriter in its Recreational Marine Facilities division. Prior to that, he served as a marine underwriter for Acadia.

Maritime Program Group (MPG) is a program administrator providing a range of marine insurance products and underwriting services to its broker network throughout the U.S. MPG specializes in protecting all types of marine-related assets across every category of marine risks, including recreational marine, inland marine and ocean marine.

Through its private client services, MPG serves the individual insurance needs of high-net-worth clients, hard to place and coastal homeowners, standalone liability and excess flood.

Towne Insurance, an independent insurance agency headquartered in Hampton Roads, Va., has hired Christopher Rogerson as vice president and manager of its Select Business Unit.

He will be responsible for further development of Towne’s Select Business Unit strategy, as well as integrating that business model in offices located across Virginia and North Carolina. He will be based out of the company’s Richmond, Va., office.

Rogerson has more than 20 years of experience in the insurance industry. He was most recently employed with Hanover Insurance Group, where he held commercial underwriting and personal lines leadership positions.

Over the course of his career, Rogerson has worked in both personal and commercial lines, led sales teams and service teams and has had direct experience working with carrier and agency service centers.

Towne Insurance CEO Dudley Fulton said in a company press release that Rogerson’s background and experience will be instrumental in fine-tuning the company’s existing processes, as well as rolling out a consistent Select Business Unit strategy in each of its markets.

Towne Insurance is a wholly owned subsidiary of TowneBank. It provides comprehensive solutions and risk management programs to businesses of all sizes, including property and casualty insurance, workers’ compensation, bonding, employee benefits and more. Additionally, personal lines agents specialize in home, auto, umbrella and flood insurance. It serves communities from Northern Virginia to Wilmington, N.C.