Hannover, 15 November 2021

HDI Global Specialty SE has entered the Marine Hull and Machinery London market with the hire of Senior Underwriter Michelle Boyd.

Boyd has over 20 years’ insurance market experience, covering both broking and underwriting roles and joins the specialty lines insurer from AXA XL, where she was senior marine and hull underwriter.

The coverage is for vessel owners, managers, charterers and financiers and includes freight and total loss interests, shipbuilding and conversion risks, loss of earnings and war risks for physical loss or damage and collision liability.

HDI Global Specialty SE UK Managing Director, Richard Taylor said:

“The London marine market remains one of the key global centres for marine insurance and market conditions remain upbeat. Bringing Michelle in has enabled us to continue our growth strategy and add to our specialty lines portfolio.”

The move comes less than a week since the announcement that HDI Global has bought Hannover Re’s 49.8% stake in HDI Global Specialty, taking its share up to 100%.

Michelle Boyd added:

“HDI Global Specialty takes a long-term approach to clients and broker partnerships and has a strong reputation in the market. I’m looking forward to leading their London market move into Marine Hull and Machinery insurance.”

About HDI Global Specialty

HDI Global Specialty SE is a specialty lines insurer. It is a joint venture of Hannover Re and HDI Global SE, part of the Talanx Group. HDI Global Specialty’s focus is on writing agency and specialty insurance business with operations in 9 locations and access to a global network of more than 150 countries through the HDI Global SE network. HDI Global Specialty also enjoys the same financial strength as HDI Global SE.

About HDI Global SE (HDI)

As an industrial lines insurer, HDI Global SE (HDI) meets the needs of SMEs, industrial companies and corporate customers with insurance solutions that are specifically tailored to their requirements. In addition to HDI's prominent position in the German and broader European market, the company also has operations in more than 150 countries through foreign branch offices, subsidiary and peer companies, and network partners. The company is thus able to offer its customers local policies for their global operations, which ensure that the established service and insurance protection is extended for all covered risks worldwide.

HDI Global SE is a company in the Industrial Lines Division of the Talanx Group. Approximately 3.700 employees in this division generated gross written premiums of approx. EUR 6.7 billion in the year 2020.

The rating agency Standard & Poor’s has given the Talanx Primary Group a financial strength rating of A+/stable (strong). Talanx AG is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in the MDAX.

For additional information, please go to: https://www.hdi-specialty.com/int/en

About Hannover Re

Hannover Re, with gross premium of more than EUR 22 billion in 2019, is the third-largest reinsurer in the world. It transacts all lines of property & casualty and life & health reinsurance and is present on all continents with around 3,300 staff. Established in 1966, the Hannover Re Group today has a network of more than 140 subsidiaries, branches, and representative offices worldwide. The Group's German business is written by the subsidiary E+S Rück. The rating agencies most relevant to the insurance industry have awarded both Hannover Re and E+S Rück outstanding financial strength ratings: Standard & Poor's AA-"Very Strong" and A.M. Best A+ "Superior".


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