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Reinsurer taps ex-Aspen exec to head global specialty

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Sompo Canopius A.G. has appointed Bernie de Haldevang as global head of specialty.

Mr. de Haldevang most recently was head of financial and professional lines at Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd. in London.

In a statement, Sompo Canopius said Mr. de Haldevang would be responsible for developing the insurer and reinsurer's political risk lines as “reinvigorating its accident & health and casualty lines, as it looks to diversify its book” with more noncatastrophe-related business.

“We are enjoying a renewed sense of purpose for Sompo Canopius, despite the worst market we've seen in 20 years,” said Mike Duffy, London-based group chief underwriting officer, in the statement.

“We'd like to be known for doing the products that we write in a more meaningful and less passive way; so we've simplified our business to give us space to breathe and focus more on what's happening in our markets,” he said.

“We're also hiring the smartest people possible to add to those already here. Bernie ticks every box, and we look forward to welcoming him to the team,”' Mr. Duffy added.