Ascot expands US marine team

Ascot Underwriting has appointed Chris Johnson and Jocelyne Factor as Underwriters in their US marine team. Both will be based in the new San Francisco office, expanding Ascot’s geographic footprint to the West Coast.

Johnson, named as Senior Vice President joins from Navigators where he was Regional VP responsible for the western region. He has more than 40 years’ experience in the industry. Factor, who has been named as 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 claims vice-president Laura Block who will develop the US marine claims function from New York as the team gears up to start writing business, expected to be from Q1 2019 on.

Chris Piazza, Head of US Marine at Ascot, said that “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.”