Liberty Specialty Markets appoints Melanie O’Neill as Chief Underwriting Officer in London


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Liberty Specialty Markets (LSM), part of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, announced the promotion of Melanie O’Neill to the role of Chief Underwriting Officer (London). She is based in London and takes up the role with immediate effect. 

In her new role, O’Neill be responsible for setting and delivering the underwriting strategy and annual underwriting plan for LSM’s London-based Commercial and Specialty business. Previously Chief Underwriting Officer, Commercial, she assumes responsibility for the Specialty business from Mike Gosselin, who was recently appointed Global Leader, Energy & Transition Risk within Liberty Mutual’s Global Risk Solutions division. In her new role, O’Neill will report to LSM Chief Underwriting Officer Rachel Conran.

“We are excited to announce Mel’s expanded responsibilities within the LSM leadership. She has contributed exceptional underwriting expertise and strong leadership and will be able to build on her excellent track record in her new role. This move will allow us to continue to deliver exceptional value and service to our broking partners and coverholders.” said Rachel Conran.

O’Neill has over 30 years’ experience in the London market. She has held a succession of roles at LSM, having joined in 2003 as Senior Underwriter before progressing to Head of Professional Lines, and subsequently Chief Underwriting Officer – Commercial. She began her insurance career working for broker Nelson, Hurst & Marsh, which became part of Lockton.


About Liberty

Liberty Specialty Markets offers specialty and commercial insurance and reinsurance products across key UK, European, Middle East, US and other international locations.

We provide brokers and insureds with a broad range of products through both the Company and Lloyd’s markets and have over 1,700 staff in approximately 65 offices. Liberty Specialty Markets was established in September 2013 bringing together Liberty’s company, syndicate and reinsurance operations into one combined operation, composed of three business units: Commercial, Specialty, and Reinsurance (Liberty Mutual Re). This integrated approach means brokers and clients can benefit from our global reach and operating efficiencies.

Liberty Specialty Markets is part of global insurer, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, a diversified global insurer, formed in 1912 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Liberty Mutual is the 5th largest global insurer based on 2017 gross written premium, with over 50,000 employees in 30 countries and economies around the world. Our purpose is to help people embrace today and confidently pursue tomorrow. The promise we make to our customers throughout the world is to provide protection for the unexpected, delivered with care.  We achieve this by offering a full range of personal, commercial, and specialty Property & Casualty insurance coverages. Our customers’ trust has earned us the 68th spot on the Fortune 100 list of largest corporations in the U.S., based on 2017 revenue.

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