Ascot appoints Andy Stirk as Chief Commercial Officer

NEW YORK, NY, 28 September 2020:

Ascot today announces the appointment of Andy Stirk as Chief Commercial Officer.

Based in the company’s New York office, Andy will be responsible for distribution, marketing and sales strategy across Ascot’s North American businesses. He will work closely with the leadership team in the development and implementation of a comprehensive distribution strategy across Ascot’s Bermuda, US insurance and MGU platforms.

In addition, Andy will be responsible for client and broker development strategy, enhancing relationships Ascot holds with key trading partners and insureds, as well as developing new distribution avenues and business opportunities. He will report to Jonathan Zaffino, Group President.

Andy joins from Marsh, where as Managing Director he was responsible for executing the North American growth strategy for Marsh and McLennan’s FINPRO Risk Practice, a highly specialized team of professionals with expertise in Directors’ and Officers’ Liability (D&O), Cyber/E&O insurance and other Financial Lines products including Transactional Risk insurance.  Andy has significant experience of developing global client portfolios and leading high-impact sales teams throughout his two-decade career spent at Marsh and Aon.

Commenting on the appointment, Jonathan Zaffino said:

“As Ascot continues to expand, notably through increased product capabilities, Andy will provide excellent depth to our management team while promoting a seamless and efficient interface with our valued trading partners. His technical proficiency, market knowledge and extensive industry relationships, cultivated during time spent at leading brokerage organizations in New York and San Francisco, means he’ll be a significant asset in driving forward our client management and distribution strategies.  I welcome Andy to Ascot and look forward to working closely with him.”

Andy Stirk added:

“Ascot Group is a world class risk partner that I came to know trading in the London marketplace. Its diverse ecosystem of interconnected global insurance platforms, in conjunction with our exceptionally talented team of risk professionals, provides a solid foundation for the North American distribution strategy to accelerate in a market where capital choice is desired. I am grateful for the opportunity to partner with Jonathan Zaffino and Andrew Brooks to build a preeminent specialty risk assumption organization unified in mission and strategy.”