DUAL appoints Richard Clapham as Regional CEO for Europe and CEO for UK
DUAL Group, the underwriting arm of Hyperion Insurance Group, announced today the appointment of Richard Clapham as Regional CEO, DUAL Europe and CEO, DUAL UK, subject to regulatory approval. Clapham will report to Talbir Bains, CEO of DUAL International, and will join DUAL on 5 September 2016 from XL Catlin, where he is currently Underwriting Director.
Clapham will be responsible for heading up DUAL’s European region, whose operations in the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Poland and Finland control almost US$500m of premium. He will be based in London and will also take local responsibility for running the London market and UK regional operations.
Bains commented: “Richard is a first-class addition to the team. His extensive experience of running and growing high quality multi-line underwriting operations makes him very well suited to DUAL as we continue on the next phase of our growth story. We are building a business that is characterised not just by its position as the largest international MGA but by its leading specialty underwriting and claims skills, and sharp operational focus, which enable us to deliver innovative products to our clients and profitable returns to our carriers.”
Clapham said: “DUAL’s focus on underwriting excellence and operational efficiency combined with its innovative and entrepreneurial spirit make it a unique proposition. I am delighted to have the opportunity to help deliver something different in the industry and particularly to be a part of a group whose aim is to build a collegiate business where people are empowered to deliver.”
Clapham’s more than 30 years in the insurance market began in property broking at DR Fleet & Co, and have included roles leading Markel’s Professional Indemnity division and as Chief Operations Director of an AIM-listed start-up, as well as over a decade with Catlin where he was Member of the Group Underwriting Board, a Director of Catlin Underwriting Agency Ltd, and Catlin Insurance Company UK Ltd, and a Member of the UK Executive Committee.