Grahame ChiltonGrahame “Chily” Chilton is the founding partner of Capsicum Re and has had a long and successful career spanning more than 30 years in the City. Grahame was appointed as CEO of the Benfield Group in 1996 and embarked on an expansion programme of organic growth and acquisitions that led to the company listing on the London Stock Exchange in 2003 and achieving a position in the FTSE 150. He also oversaw the successful sale of Benfield to Aon in 2008, subsequently becoming part of the Global Executive of Aon and ARS, Global Executive and Chairman of Aon Benfield, before transitioning out of the business in 2012.
Grahame was part of the management team that led the buy-out of Benfield in 1998. He became a Director in 1986 having joined the group in 1982, from the then Marsh subsidiary CT Bowring. During his career as a reinsurance broker Chily has traded in Non-Marine, Marine and Aviation Reinsurance, Motor, Energy and Direct Retrocession business.
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Rupert SwallowRupert Swallow is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Capsicum Re. After reading Law at the University of London, he joined the graduate scheme at Willis Faber and Dumas in 1990. In 1994 he joined Benfield as an ART reinsurance broker.
Latterly, Rupert was the Chief Operating Officer where he oversaw major changes to both the Benfield and London Market business practices; he was also responsible for Benfield’s portfolio of strategic investments.
Rupert left Benfield soon after its acquisition by Aon and in 2009 founded Capsicum. Since then, he has been responsible for managing its extensive investment portfolio.
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Simon BehaggSimon Behagg was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in May 2014 and is responsible for operational leadership across the business. He joined Capsicum Re from Hyperion where he was the Director of Transformation. Previously the Chief Operating Officer for Howden Broking Group, he was responsible for implementing the operational strategy for the Group across 22 countries. Simon joined Howden from Aon Benfield International, where he was the Head of Strategy and prior to this he was the Global Head of Operations for Benfield’s Facultative business.
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Luiz joined Capsicum Re as Managing Partner of Capsicum Re Latin America (“CRLA”) and CEO of CRLA Brazil. He was previously Chief Commercial Officer for Aon Benfield Brazil, a role he was appointed to in 2014 following five years as treaty director. Prior to this he was head of the claims department for Aon Benfield Brazil, where he was responsible for negotiating the largest claim in Brazil for Aon. Luiz has also held roles with Prudente Seguros Retail and Bradesco Seguros.
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Ian BakerIan Baker joined Capsicum Re as a Partner in its Facultative Reinsurance division in September 2015. He joined from Guy Carpenter where he spent four years as Senior Vice President of the Facultative division. Prior to this he was at JLT Re where he was part of the team that established the facultative operation. Ian has also held senior roles with Swett & Crawford, where he was responsible for helping to establish its London office and Alexander Howden, latterly Aon. He began his career with Leslie & Godwin and brings over 30 years of experience to Capsicum Re.
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Raja BalasuriyaRaja Balasuriya joined Capsicum Re as a Managing Partner in December 2014 from Aon Benfield. He has been a Lloyd’s Broker since the early 1980’s and has experienced many different areas of insurance business and his focus now is on providing reinsurance protection for Motor, Liability and Property insurers in the UK market. His entrepreneurial and gregarious style has made him one of the best known figures in the market.
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Richard BorgononRichard Borgonon joined as Non- Executive Chairman & Partner of Capsicum Re Bermuda in November 2014 and is responsible for the day to day oversight of the business functions, as well as the production and marketing activities.
Since 1974 he has held various Senior Executive positions at broker operations within the London and International Insurance markets, including Board memberships at Carvill and Aon and as Chairman of the specialist broker Agnew Higgins Pickering. He has also been a Council member of the London Insurance Brokers Committee (LIBC) and was appointed a broking industry representative on the London Market Reform Group in 2005. In 2007 he founded Borgonon & Co, a specialist binder broker and consultancy that has focused on bringing International business to Lloyd’s and the London market as well as utilising now over 40 years of experience in the industry.
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Paul ButcherPaul Butcher joined Capsicum Re as a Partner in August 2015 with over 25 years of experience in producing, managing and placing large and complex (re)insurance programmes in the global market. He was most recently Managing Director & Head of Facultative Property, Power & Terrorism at Guy Carpenter and prior to this, he spent over five years as a Partner within JLT Re’s Worldwide Facultative Property division. Paul has also held senior roles within Aon Group Ltd and began his career with Heath Fielding International.
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Neville ChingNeville Ching joined Capsicum Re as a Managing Partner in March 2015 to lead its Retro division and run its Bermudian operation. He has over 25 years of industry experience and extensive experience in producing, managing and placing large reinsurance transactions in the global market, as well as a decade of claims experience and extensive knowledge and experience in both the London & Bermudian markets. He joins from Aon Benfield Bermuda, where he was Managing Director for Retro and prior to this he held senior positions at Aon in London, Towers Watson and Benfield.
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James Elliott joined Capsicum Re as a Partner in its Facultative division in August 2015 and brings over 10 years of experience producing, managing and placing large and complex (re)insurance programmes in the global market. He was most recently Managing Director & Head of London Market Property and Heavy Industry at Guy Carpenter. Prior to this he spent seven years at Besso in London producing and placing North American Property business.
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Matt FitzGeraldMatt FitzGerald, managing partner, heads a team of 14 at Capsicum Re that specialise across a variety of different reinsurance classes. He has 17 years’ reinsurance experience with a focus on Property Cat and Retro, particularly the transfer of risk to Capital Markets (ILS), structured risk transfer and capital relief reinsurance products and recently oversaw the transfer of his team from Gallagher to Capsicum Re. Before joining AJG Re in 2012, Matt spent six years at Execution, latterly Espirito Santo Investment Bank, where he developed its innovative reinsurance transactional platform and had a prominent role in the award winning design of the first securitization for facultative portfolio “Fac Pool” in 2009. Matt has also held senior positions within Willis and Aon.
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Kevin GillKevin Gill joined Capsicum Re as a Partner in May 2015. He has over three decades of Lloyd’s market experience specialising in the non-marine London Treaty market and overseas retrocessional market. Throughout his career he has created innovative programme structures and places business on a worldwide basis with a strong emphasis in the London, Bermudian and US markets. Kevin was most recently a senior producer at Miller Insurance Services and prior to this he spent over 22 years with Greig Fester, latterly Aon Benfield. He began his career in 1985 with E.W. Payne as a non-marine international back-up broker.
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Martyn GloverMartyn Glover joined Capsicum Re as a Partner in December 2014 and brings over 20 years of reinsurance experience. He is focused on developing and supporting Capsicum’s UK Motor, Casualty and Miscellaneous portfolio in Lloyd’s, the UK market and Gibraltar. Martyn is also responsible for continuing the team’s enviable track record of establishing new Insurance Company Start-up’s, Protective Cell Companies and MGA (Managing General Agency) arrangements. Prior to joining Capsicum, Martyn held a number of senior positions within Aon Benfield.
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Mike GreenMike joined Capsicum Re as a Partner in November 2015. He has over 25 years of industry experience and joined from Guy Carpenter, where he was a Senior Vice President within the GC Programmes division. Mike spent the majority of his career with Rattner Mackenzie Limited from its formation in 1988 through to its sale to Guy Carpenter in 2009.
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Paul GubbPaul Gubb joined Capsicum Re as a Partner in December 2014. He started his career in 1994 and is well known and respected within the reinsurance market, particularly as a specialist in Motor Retro and Casualty business in all territories. Paul brings 20 years of experience with him, having spent the majority of that time working at Aon, HSBC and Aon Benfield.
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Brian GulbransenBrian Gulbransen joined Capsicum Re in May 2015 as a partner in its Bermudian operation. He has over 28 years of experience in the Marine & Energy Insurance and Reinsurance industry and most recently spent 7 years as Chief Underwriter Marine Energy and Aerospace at Ariel Reinsurance Bermuda. He has also produced and underwritten business for The Home Insurance Company, NAC Re, White Mountains Re, and ILS Capital . Brian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation Management from the State University of NY Maritime College where he also studied Marine Insurance and Admiralty Law.
Johnny JohnsonJohnny joined Capsicum Re as a Partner in December 2015. He brings over 37 years of industry experience having joined fro Guy Carpenter where he served as a Senior Vice President. Prior to that he was with Rattner Mackenzie for 15 years where he specialised in all forms of ‘ accident & health ‘ related business
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Jeremy KingJeremy King joined Capsicum Re as a Partner in December 2014, having previously spent 18 years at Aon Benfield. He has worked in the reinsurance market since 1987 providing Motor and Liability insurers with capital enhancing reinsurance products, the capital efficiency evaluation of these, alongside the transactional placement of all types of proportional and non-proportional reinsurances.
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John LawsonJohn Lawson joined Capsicum Re as a Partner in May 2014. He started his career in reinsurance in 1984 and is well known and respected within the reinsurance market. A specialist in Motor business in the UK and overseas territories, John brings 30 years of experience with him, having spent the majority of that time working within the UK team at Willis and more recently Aon Benfield. Additionally, he has experience in Facultative, Direct Markets and MGA business.
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David LeeDavid Lee joined Capsicum Re as a Partner in December 2014. He is a well known figure in the market and has reinsurance expertise in General Liability, Motor, Professional Indemnity and Accident and Health business. David began his career with Steel Burrill Jones in 1987 and spent the last 19 years at Aon Benfield, where he was as a senior member of its UK and Ireland team specialising in International Motor & Liability and Worldwide Accident & Health.
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Joseph LoneJoseph Lone joined Capsicum Re as a Partner in its Marine & Energy specialty division in October 2015. He was most recently a Partner at JLT Re and Head of Upstream Facultative Reinsurance in London and brings over a decade of experience to Capsicum Re. He began his career with JLT Risk Solutions in 2004, initially in the Claims division. Following JLT Re’s formation in 2006 Joe moved to the Marine & Energy Treaty Claims division and then to the Marine & Energy Reinsurance team in 2008.
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Alistair Lockhart-SmithAlistair Lockhart-Smith joined Capsicum Re as a Managing Partner in April 2016 to run its Marine & Energy Specialty division. He was previously Deputy Chairman of Global Business at JLT Re, having initially joined JLT Risk Solutions in 2000 as Head of Marine & Energy Reinsurance. Alistair began his career within the Marine & Energy team at Alexander Howden upon graduation from the University of Edinburgh. In 1992 he founded Bradstock Lockhart-Smith, an energy reinsurance broker, before selling it in 1996 whereupon he became Deputy Chairman of Bradstock Blunt and Crawley.
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Dickie ManhoodDickie joined Capsicum Re as a Partner in its Programmes divison in November 2015. He has over 32 years of industry experience, 20 of which were as an underwriter and he specialises in contingency business. Dickie joined Capsicum Re from Guy Carpenter and prior to this he was at Park London and Rattner Mackenzie.
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Andrew MossAndrew joined Capsicum Re as a Managing Partner in November 2015 to run the Programmes /A&H division. He brings over 25 years of experience to Capsicum Re and joins from Guy Carpenter where he was Managing Director of the Programmes Division. Andrew began his career at Manning Beard before joining Rattner Mackenzie at its formation in 1988 through its sale to HCC and subsequently to Guy Carpenter in 2009.
Ian NewmanIan Newman is a Partner and part of the team that transferred from Arthur J. Gallagher to Capsicum Re in October 2014. He is responsible for identifying new business opportunities across the Property and Specialty sectors and played a key role in developing a new insurance product with a Lloyd’s market that provides $350m cover for cyber attacks. Ian was part of the Execution Re team (part of Espirito Santo) that completed an MBO in December 2012, in conjunction with Arthur J. Gallagher helping to create its treaty platform AJG Re. Prior to Execution Re, he spent ten years in the US wholesale team at Guy Carpenter latterly as Senior Vice President when he developed an expertise in Florida CAT business. Ian was named ‘young broker of the year’ at the Insider Honours in 2014 and was also selected as one of Reaction Magazine’s ‘rising stars’ of the global reinsurance industry in 2012.
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Malcolm Payton joined Capsicum Re as a Managing Partner in July 2015 to run its Facultative Reinsurance division. He brings over 25 years of direct and facultative experience to Capsicum Re and joins from Guy Carpenter Facultative UK, where he was Head of Property and Energy, having previously overseen its International Property Division. Prior to this he was Head of Global Facultative Operations for JLT Re. Malcolm begun his career at Minet Insurance Brokers in 1986 before leaving to join US broker Swett & Crawford, where he established its London operation. He has also held senior roles within Aon’s North American Retail and Facultative team as well as HSBC.
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Chris ReadChris Read joined Capsicum Re as a Partner in its Marine & Energy specialty division in September 2015. He has over 37 years of Treaty experience specialising in all areas of Marine and Energy business and joined from JLT Re where he spent nine years, most recently as Partner. Prior to this he spent six years at Agnew Higgins Pickering and 13 years year at CE Heath. Chris began his career with Fielding and Partners.
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Jerry ReevesJerry joined Capsicum Re as a partner in its Marine & Energy Speciality division in April 2016. He was previously at JLT where he was Head of UK Facultative division and a member of the JLT Re Executive Committee as Head of Marine & Energy International. In 1986 he joined Bradstock, Byrne & Partners as a founding member, which became the Marine and Energy reinsurance division in 1990 and was sold to JLT in 2000.
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Richard SeaversRichard Seavers joined Capsicum Re in October 2014 as Global Head of Claims and brings 30 years of experience handling claims for major clients across the globe. He is highly regarded in the market and seen as the leading claims advocate for UK Motor, Property and Casualty classes of business. Prior to Capsicum Re he was an Executive Director at Aon, where he led a team of claims advocates for over 15 years.
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Joe SmithJoe Smith joined Capsicum Re in May 2016 as CEO of Capsicum Re Latin America. He was previously CEO of Aon Benfield Chile and brings over 20 years of reinsurance broking experience to this role. He joined Aon Benfield Latin America as Managing Director in 2003, following five years in Tokyo as executive vice president for Aon Re Japan. In 2010 he was appointed treaty director for Aon Benfield Chile before becoming the CEO in 2013.
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Samantha ThompsonSamantha Thompson is a Partner and part of the team that transferred from Arthur J. Gallagher to Capsicum Re in October 2014. She is responsible for managing client relationships, growing the business portfolio and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the team. Before joining AJG Re in 2012, Sam spent 5 years at Execution Re (part of Espirito Santo) and prior to that worked at Willis Re.
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