Arcus 1856 appoints active underwriter

Alex Shepherd joins syndicate from RenaissanceRe

London, 11 July 2019 – Arcus Syndicate 1856 (Arcus 1856) has today announced the appointment of Alex Shepherd as active underwriter for the syndicate, with immediate effect.

In this role, Shepherd is responsible for all underwriting activities conducted across the syndicate’s property reinsurance and specialty lines portfolio. He replaces David Booth, director of underwriting for Barbican Managing Agency Limited, who was appointed interim active underwriter in July 2018.

Shepherd joins Arcus 1856 from RenaissanceRe Syndicate 1458 where he was head of property. Prior to this, he was a deputy property underwriter at Canopius and also worked at ACE Global Markets. He began his insurance career in the broking sector in 1998 within the international property division at Sedgwick.

Commenting on the appointment, Adrian Gfeller, managing director, Arcus 1856, said: “I am delighted to announce that Alex has joined the team to head up our underwriting activities. He is an exceptional underwriter with over 20 years of industry experience spanning multiple industry sectors and territories and is a great addition to our management team. I would also like to thank David who has made a fantastic contribution to our ongoing success as interim active underwriter.”

Shepherd added: “I am excited to be joining the Arcus 1856 team. The company operates a diverse but precisely balanced portfolio built upon a highly successful underwriting approach which combines alternative risk structures and traditional re/insurance products. It has an outstanding team of underwriting talent and I very much look forward to working with my colleagues to build upon the considerable achievements they have made to date.”