Ascot expands U.S. Marine team with West Coast hires

New York, NY, 14 December 2018:

Ascot today announces the appointment of Chris Johnson and Jocelyne Factor as Underwriters in its U.S. marine team.

Both will be based in the new San Francisco office, expanding Ascot’s geographic footprint to the West Coast.

Chris, Senior Vice President, joins from Navigators where he was Regional VP responsible for the western region. With over 41 years in the industry he is one of the most experienced ocean marine insurance experts in the U.S. Jocelyn, Vice President, also joins from Navigators where for 12 years she was involved in all ocean marine product lines and worked on developing regional business.

The team is also joined by its first claims hire, Laura Block, Vice President, who will develop the U.S. marine claims function from New York as the team gears up to start writing business, expected to be in Q1 2019.

Commenting on the appointments Greg Wolyniec, President & CEO, Ascot Insurance U.S. said: “These hires follow our strategy of bringing in experienced Underwriters who are leading figures in their class of business. The addition of our first West Coast presence will also help us to be in key locations to support our clients and brokers.”

Chris Piazza, Head of U.S. Marine, added: “Chris and Jocelyne are hugely respected marine underwriters. Their addition to the team, as well as launching our claims function, means we’re in a position to start offering brokers a market leading marine proposition in 2019.”