Underwriting & Claims

With a long history of recruiting into the Lloyd’s and Composite (re) insurance markets, the Hanover Search Group is an established search and selection partner for clients seeking underwriting and claims personnel support.


Our proven track record shows placements for Chief Underwriting Officers, Directors and Heads of Underwriting, along with portfolio managers, technically-focused underwriters and claims management staff. Our expertise also extends to helping candidates and clients in other business areas connected to underwriting and claims.


We cover the Lloyd’s, London and International insurance markets, taking in all classes of business, and we are also able to help firms looking to acquire and /or move books of business or teams.                                                                                                                               



Cate is the US P&C Insurance Partner for Hanover Search Group. After spending four years setting up the New York office, she is currently based in Los Angeles and splits her time between the East Coast and the West Coast. She is responsible for nurturing and growing HSG’s P&C (Re)Insurance clients – covering the C-suite and senior level roles across Underwriting, Broking & Claims, as well as overseeing IT, Operations, Finance & Compliance. Cate has previous insurance industry experience in Marine Cargo Broking & Underwriting at respected firms in Europe, Latin America and the USA.


As Senior Partner Rory leads our international insurance practice. Rory has more than 12 year’s industry experience gained at Marsh & McLennan where he was a Director of the Marine and Energy risk services division and previously at Hoare Govett stockbrokers. In 1998, he moved into insurance executive search specialising in senior positions within Underwriting and Claims, CRM and Distribution, Risk and Actuarial and Heads of Pricing and Analytics. He has a MA (Hons) in History from Edinburgh University.


Michael specialises in leadership positions within the insurance ecosystem, particularly underwriting and analytics. A mathematics graduate from York University, Michael has an innate understanding of the challenges and benefits that “big data” brings to (re) insurance as well as the individuals who will transform the industry in the future. He is also our group lead in the areas of insurance linked securities and private equity, having built up a number of successful boutique operations in London and further afield. Michael is also our in-house psychometric assessor and is able to provide a wide range of testing solutions (ability, personality and motivation) to Hanover’s client base.

Paul O'Brien

Based in the New York office, Paul joined Hanover Search Group in 2019 to focus on senior mandates across the US P&C Insurance market. Prior to New York, Paul was based in Singapore for 2.5 years with an international (insurance) recruitment firm leading a specialist team to deliver senior outcomes for clients including International Brokers, Global P&C Insurers and Lloyds Syndicates. Prior to Singapore, he held various management roles for over a decade with global recruitment firms covering Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Paul is looking forward to being part of HSG’s ongoing development and growth of the US insurance market.

Recently completed mandates

Chief Underwriting Officer
Protection Provider
Global Chief Underwriting Officer
Global Insurance: Life
UK Claims Director
Life Insurance Provider
Head of Underwriting & Claims
Global Insurer
General Manager: Underwriting & Claims
ILS Fund -London
Global Head of Crime
Top 20 Global Insurer
Global Head of Kidnap & Ransom Insurance
$4b Property and Casualty Insurer
US Country Manager for Crisis Management 
Top 20 Global Insurer