Changes in Skuld leadership positions “driven by growth and expansion

Norway-based marine insurer and Group P&I Club Skuld has announced a significant number of changes to its leadership team. It said that the changes had been “driven by the remarkable growth experienced in recent years and high expectations for continued expansion in the future”. It has also decided to split on of its units into two as a result of past and planned future growth.

The changes take effect from September 1st.

Skuld will be enhancing its executive team with the appointment of Anna Erlandsen as chief strategy and sustainability officer. Erlandsen will also ensure continuous integration of Skuld’s P&I and hull business. Skuld’s marketing and communication team will report to her. The insurer said that the appointment would “further strengthen Skuld’s ability to seize emerging opportunities and navigate the growth strategy and increased focus on meeting sustainability targets”.

Erlandsen was most recently vice president, underwriter in Skuld, and previously was head of Norwegian Hull Club’s Oslo office. She has nearly two decades of experience within global marine insurance, in underwriting and managerial positions, including board member positions in Norwegian Hull Club and in CEFOR (The Nordic Association of Marine Insurers).

Erik Myrind will assume the role of chief people officer in Skuld and will take responsibility for the human resources (HR) function, as well as development of leadership, culture and competence in Skuld.

Myrind has more than 10 years in Skuld HR, most recently as senior vice president HR where he led the HR team. He previously held HR managerial roles in Aibel and PGS.

Skuld’s chief people, communication and sustainability officer, Trude Husebø continues her sick leave and will enter a new role as special adviser for the executive management team.

Skuld president and CEO Ståle Hansen said that “Skuld is in an excellent position in terms of talent, financial strength, and outstanding service levels to accelerate on further growth and we firmly believe that these management changes are essential to meet our current demand and capitalise on the growth opportunities ahead. These leadership changes will build upon the foundation of success that has already been established. Skuld remains dedicated to our purpose, values, commitment to excellence, and unwavering focus on delivering superior products and services to our members and clients. I take this opportunity to wish everyone great success in their new roles.”

Skuld has also announced that business unit Western Europe and Americas will be reorganized into two separate business units – a result of significant growth experienced over recent years in this business unit and with further growth ambitions.

Business unit Skuld Western Europe will be headquartered in Oslo. Thea Thorstensen, vice president, head of underwriting Skuld Western Europe and Americas is promoted to senior vice president and head of Skuld Western Europe.

Business unit Skuld UK and Americas will be based in the London office. Rachael Simpson, senior vice president, head of P&I London is promoted to senior vice president and head of Skuld UK and Americas.

Both positions will report to the chief underwriting officer, Lars Dueled.

Simone Ingeberg, outgoing head of business unit Skuld Western Europe and Americas has accepted a new role outside Skuld, as a partner in the law firm SANDS. Hansen said that he “would like to thank Simone for her loyalty, great work and contributions to Skuld’s membership and clients over 15 years and wish her the best of luck with her new position.”

Skuld has also announced several leadership promotions in Skuld Hull.

Paul Fry, senior vice president, head of hull, London & head of London office, will take on a new role as senior vice president, global head of hull & head of London office.

Carl Morten Sundin, vice-president claims, will also take on a new role, as senior vice president, global deputy head of hull. The position will be based in Oslo.

Both positions will report to chief business development officer, Greg Thomas.

André Sjöström, vice president underwriting, will take on a new role as vice president, head of underwriting hull Oslo, reporting to Carl Morten Sundin.

Bjørn Skaar, senior vice president head of Skuld hull will assume a new role as special adviser for the Skuld hull team. Skaar has decided to prepare for his future retirement by scaling down responsibilities. Hansen said: “We want to thank Bjørn for the excellent work he has done for Skuld by integrating the acquired Scandinavian Marine Agency into the organisation and to deliver strong growth and profitability during his term. We are very pleased to have Bjørn with us as a special adviser supporting Paul and the team’s future growth ambitions.”