Victor Insurance, the managing general underwriter (MGU), has appointed Erik Johnson, ACII as deputy active underwriter for Victor Syndicate 2288, effective immediately.
Johnson will be based in London and will report to Jill Frances, chief underwriting and operations officer, and active underwriter for the Lloyd’s syndicate.
Johnson has over 18 years of experience in insurance, working on both the brokerage and carrier sides of the industry. He joins Victor from Pioneer Underwriting, where he was head of Syndicate Management and involved in the initial set-up of Pioneer’s syndicate.
He also brings a “strong background” in corporate development from previous experience at Allied World. He started his career at Marsh in Canada, completing its graduate programme, and moved into insurance M&A and strategy with Deloitte UK, before joining Lloyd’s as Strategy Manager.
As a founding member of Inclusion@Lloyds when it launched in 2013, Johnson is also an award-winning figure in furthering greater diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the insurance industry in the UK and internationally.
He was “instrumental” in creating the Inclusion@Lloyd’s Charter and co-ordinates the group’s partner networks.
Frances said: “Erik’s strong background in strategic development, together with his extensive experience in the European market and at Lloyd’s, are a great match for Syndicate 2288’s growth and expansion plans. His active participation in creating greater D&I in the insurance industry will also be a tremendous asset to both the syndicate and Victor as a whole.”
Johnson added: “Victor’s customer-first philosophy, rich global history, and ambitious vision for building on Syndicate 2288’s international strengths make this an exciting time to join the business. It’s a unique opportunity to help shape the syndicate early on in its development.”