Ironshore Opens New Office In New Zealand

December 3, 2015

Ironshore International is launching a New Zealand office in Auckland, effective immediately.

Ironshore’s New Zealand office will operate as a branch of Ironshore Australia, led by Katherine Simmonds, Managing Director of Sydney-based Ironshore. Robert Solloway has been named Asia Pacific Regional Manager, Agriculture, serving in the New Zealand office.

Mr. Solloway joins Ironshore from reinsurance underwriter, Novae, as part of the global agriculture team that recently merged with Ironshore’s existing specialty agribusiness group under the direction of Catherine Besselman, Global Divisional Director. In October 2015, Ironshore acquired the reinsurance renewal rights to Novae Group’s global agriculture reinsurance portfolio.

“Ironshore’s expansion into New Zealand complements our global distribution platform and further builds upon our foundation for growth opportunities in selected specialty sectors within the Asia Pacific region,” commented Mark Wheeler, Chief Executive Officer, Ironshore International.

Ironshore Australia underwrites a range of specialty business lines, including Mergers & Acquisitions and Tax Liability, Political Risk, Trade Credit, Marine and Terrorism, as well as Fine Art and Specie.

Ms. Simmonds noted that Mr. Solloway has more than 25 years experience in the agriculture reinsurance and risk assessment sector. “We welcome Rob to the team as his expertise will enable Ironshore to realize greater diversity in offering specialty lines products throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia.”

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