LONDON – 3rd April 2023 – Canopius Group, a leading global specialty (re)insurer, today announces the appointment of Sam Harrison as Group Chief Underwriting Office (GCUO).
He will report to Canopius Group Chief Executive Officer Neil Robertson and will join the Canopius Group Leadership Team.
Harrison joins from QBE Insurance, where he served as GCUO since 2021. Having spent most of his nearly 30-year career at QBE, Sam has become known as one of the most respected and experienced underwriting leaders in the global P&C and specialty insurance market.
As the GCUO of QBE, Sam oversaw a large and diverse portfolio of underwriting businesses across 27 countries worldwide. He led business in the UK, Australia, US and Asia, underwriting c. $20 billion of Gross Written Premium. Sam held various leadership roles at QBE and was previously the Managing Director of Insurance for QBE European Operations.
Harrison will lead Canopius Group’s diverse portfolio of business across its three regional business units in London, the US & Bermuda and the Asia-Pacific region. Working as part of the group Leadership Team and alongside our senior underwriting leaders, Sam will be charged with spearheading Canopius’s ambitious underwriting plans, focusing on areas where Canopius has, or can have, distinction or a competitive advantage.
Neil Robertson said: “We are delighted to be able to welcome Sam to Canopius. Canopius is now underway with a transformational three-year growth plan that will see us cement our status as a leading global speciality P&C (re)insurer.”
Harrison said: “At Canopius, I see an opportunity to advance an underwriting philosophy, to develop a function that achieves ambitious underwriting targets year-on-year and to lead an enviable pool of global underwriting talent.
“I am very excited to begin working with a fantastic group of people within what I have already seen is a positive and winning culture. I also look forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting down to work with the new and ambitious management team that has been built at Canopius.”