Willis boosts cyber risk expertise


Broker Willis North America has strengthened its FINEX cyber/errors & omissions (E&O) practice with a number of key appointments.

Joe DePaul has been appointed senior broker in New York. DePaul previously served as national practice leader/managing director – cyber risk at Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services.

John O’Donnell has been appointed senior broker. Based in New York, he will focus on serving Willis’ clients in the health care, higher education and retail sectors. O’Donnell previously served as a vice president with Marsh FINPRO.

Joining DePaul and O’Donnell in New York is Nadia Hoyte who has been appointed senior broker. Hoyt joined Willis in 2011. In this role she will serve as a team leader serving clients in all sectors.

Willis has also made a series of appointments in Boston.

Emily Lowe has been appointed senior broker. Lowe joins Willis from ACE USA where she was an executive underwriter – professional liability focused on large cyber, technology and E&O accounts.

Also in Boston, Rob Barberi has been appointed senior broker. He joined Willis in 2009. In this role, he will focus on delivering cyber risk solutions to Willis’ health care, defence contractor, technology, retail and energy clients.

John Loftus has been appointed senior broker. Loftus joined Willis in 2009. In this role he will focus on serving Willis’ financial institution and retail clients.

Geoffrey Allen, executive vice president and FINEX North America cyber risk/E&O product leader said: “These appointments demonstrate Willis’ commitment to strengthening our platform to meet the expanding needs of our clients.

 “As organizations confront expanding information technology-related risks, new regulations and a rapidly evolving cyber threat landscape, our clients demand industry-leading cyber insurance and risk management solutions to help them meet the challenges they face in a networked world. Willis is committed to enhancing our resources to deliver the innovation and deep expertise our clients depend on.”

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