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MS Amlin Underwriting Limited appoints Chief Risk Officer and Chief Actuary

MS Amlin Underwriting Limited (MS AUL), the speciality Lloyd’s (re)insurer, today announces the appointment of Vishal Desai as Chief Risk Officer and Catherine Scullion as Chief Actuary, subject to regulatory approval.

Desai, who will report into Johan Slabbert, CEO of MS AUL, brings over 18 years’ general insurance industry experience, both in the U.K and internationally from UBS, PwC and Hiscox.

He joins MS AUL from the Bank of England where he holds the role of Acting Head of Division General Insurance Risk Specialists & Chief Actuary. He is an established member of the senior leadership team, holding the specific Risk and Actuarial responsibility for London Market (including Lloyd’s of London) Retail and Groups firm supervision.  He has led extensive review work across both wholesale and retail general insurance businesses across risk management, reserving, capital and underwriting.

Desai will join MS AUL in May and will replace Giles Holland, who is leaving the business to pursue other opportunities after a short transition period.

Scullion will take up the newly created role of Chief Actuary in April and will report to Phil Green, CFO of MS AUL. She joins from Lloyd’s of London, where she has worked since 2015 and held the position of Head of Capital since 2018. Scullion, who helped to establish Lloyd’s Brussels during her secondment to Lloyd’s Brexit Programme in 2017, is also a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and will be a key member of the MS AUL finance leadership team.

Johan Slabbert, CEO of MS Amlin Underwriting Ltd, commented: “I am delighted to announce these two senior appointments, both of which will support our business transformation and strengthen our core leadership teams. Both Vishal and Catherine bring a depth of sector, risk and actuarial expertise that will immediately contribute to our strategic ambitions. We are delighted to attract such diverse senior talent, and underpins our aspirations as a prestigious underwriting business, with a London market presence worthy of our heritage and potential.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Giles for his hard work and commitment to the business over the past 20 years. We wish him the very best in the future.”

For more information please contact the Media team:

FTI Consulting, Ed Berry/Colette La Pointe – (0)20 3727 1046 / 1709


About MS Amlin

MS Amlin is a leading global (re)insurer, part of the global top-10 insurance group MS&AD, with three main legal entities’ operating in the Lloyd’s, UK, Continental European and Bermudian markets. With a 300-year record and c.1,800 people in more than 20 locations worldwide, we deliver a quality service for businesses facing the most complex and demanding risks. Our role places us at the forefront of the Property & Casualty, Marine and Reinsurance markets.

We are experts in underwriting, with both technical capability and deep knowledge of the areas we insure. Our claims service aims to set the industry reference point for quality, with efficient, fair and timely claims management.