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Liberty appoints Valérie Baucher as underwriting manager

Liberty Specialty Markets (LSM) has appointed Valérie Baucher to the newly created role of underwriting manager Affinity and Program Business for Continental Europe.

She will report to Pierre- Édouard Fraigneau, chief underwriting officer Europe, and to Kerry Mckay, head of Client and Distribution for Europe.

The firm added she will be responsible for the underwriting performance and governance in LSM’s new Affinity and Program Business (A&PB) model and developing the A&PB model across traditional and new alternative distribution channels in Europe.

Baucher joins from PartnerRe where she was most recently underwriting manager EMEA Financial Lines. Before that she was head for France for PartnerRe Wholesale. LSM said she has “significant experience” in casualty and financial lines underwriting from a variety of carriers.

Baucher joins with immediate effect and will be based in LSM’s Paris office.

Kadidja Sinz, head of Europe at Liberty Specialty Markets, said: “We welcome Valérie to the LSM team and look forward to working with her. Her knowledge and expertise will be a considerable asset to our European business. This role was created to take advantage of the growing impact technology and data are having on insurance transactions.

“Her role will strengthen our focus on profitable and sustainable growth across Continental Europe and further supports our strategy to develop new distribution capabilities for our products, solutions and services to our broker partners.”

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