Richard is an HDI insider. He has more than 10 years of underwriting and management experience within the HDI family where he has worked in different capacities both locally and internationally. As an expert in crisis management, which includes the contaminated product insurance and the kidnap, ransom and extortion lines of business, his experience in highly specialised lines of business is very valuable for his new role. On 1st January this year, he joined the HDI Global Specialty SE - the Netherlands management team as Business Owner Niche Markets.

Niche Markets consists of crisis management, specie (fine art, jewelers block, and artificial grass), events & film, and cyber. By working with 2 product owners, each product line within Niches will get the right expertise and specialised approach that clients expect.

Richard: “These are exciting times! HDI Global Specialty SE has started operations in the Dutch market and we have a clear ambition to become the number 1 specialty insurer within the next 5 years here. I strongly believe the Niche Markets will be a major contributor in achieving our goals. We want to deliver excellent service and grow our business and we have the right people to do it. We will work to strengthen relationships with our brokers, we will consider new distribution channels, new partnerships and expand our product pallet. We are all about focus and commitment to client needs. That is why we have highly experienced product owners who will give the focus needed to build real value for clients. I feel lucky and am proud to be a part of the team.”

Richard continues: “HDI Global Specialty SE is not only a new insurer in the Netherlands but we also add a new dynamic to the HDI brand. We are dynamic, empowered and committed and want to work with brokers and agents who are aligned with our specialty products and service, who want to grow their business together with us and who want to build long-term relationships.”

Faisal Setoe, newly-appointed Managing Director of HDI Global Specialty SE - the Netherlands: “In our journey to become the no. 1 Specialty insurer of the Netherlands, we aim to onboard motivated and skilled employees. Richard definitely fits that profile. With his thorough knowledge in the Crisis Management field and his experience, he truly strengthens the HGS NL Management Team. Richard will focus on growing our business and setting up a Marketing competence within HGS NL. I wish him the best of luck!