Thomas A. BradleyChairman
Thomas A. Bradley became a director of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd., in 2018. Mr. Bradley retired from Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG in July 2017. He had served there as the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President since 2012. He had previously served as the Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer for two other public companies, Fair Isaac Corporation and the St. Paul Companies. Mr. Bradley also held senior financial and operational positions at Zurich Insurance Group, including Chief Financial Officer for North America and Chief Executive Officer of the Universal Underwriters Group (now Zurich Direct Markets). He previously served on the Board of Directors of the Nuveen Investments, Inc. Mr. Bradley received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland and a master’s in business administration from Loyola University of Maryland and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Bernard C. BaileyDirector
Bernard C. Bailey became a Director of the Company in 2020. Dr. Bailey is the President of Paraquis Solutions, a private consulting company focused on corporate governance and strategy. During the period September 2018 to December 2019, he served as President of the Committee for Economic Development, a business-led, nonpartisan economic think tank. Dr. Bailey served as Chairman and CEO of Authentix, a private equity-backed global enterprise focused on anti-counterfeiting and brand protection practices, from 2012 to 2018. Since its sale by the Carlyle Group to Blue Water Energy, he has continued to serve as Chairman of the Board of Authentix since September 2018. Prior to that, Dr. Bailey ran his own consulting company, Paraquis Solutions, LLC. Dr. Bailey also served as President and CEO of Viisage Technology, Inc. Dr. Bailey has a doctorate in management from Case Western Reserve University where his dissertation focused on corporate governance; master’s in business administration from The George Washington University School of Business as well as degrees in engineering and systems management from the University of California, Berkeley, University of Southern California, and the United States Naval Academy.
Fred R. DonnerDirector
Fred R. Donner became a Director of the Company in 2020. Mr. Donner is the Senior Managing Director in the Global Insurance Practice of FTI Consulting (2018-present). Mr. Donner served as the former Executive Vice President, Enterprise Risk Management for Travelers Insurance Co. (“Travelers”) and Chief Financial Officer for its Business and International Insurance segment from 2014 until his retirement in 2017. Mr. Donner joined Travelers in 2009 as Senior Vice president and Chief Financial Officer of its Personal Lines Insurance segment. Also served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of its Business Insurance segment from 2010 to 2014. Prior thereto, Mr. Donner served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of RenaissanceRe Ltd., a New York Stock Exchange listed, Bermuda-based international reinsurance company. Mr. Donner began his career in the audit practice in KPMG’s New York City office and during his 23 years at the firm he rose through the ranks to become the National Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s Insurance Practice, overseeing the delivery of audit, advisory and tax services to all facets of the insurance industry. Mr. Donner holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pace University and currently serves on the advisory board for the University’s Lubin School of Business. Mr. Donner is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Tony Latham has international industry experience spanning more than four decades. He has served as an independent director of the board of Argo Managing Agency since 2016. In addition, he has held several board positions across the industry, including director of Pool Re for over two decades and chairman for more than 12 years. He has also held director roles at Codan A/S, Ecclesiastical Insurance, Airclaims, Flagstone Re and British Aviation Insurance. Latham began his career with Sedgwick (now part of Marsh Inc.) before joining RSA Group where, over a period of 17 years, he served as a member of the group executive and held a number of senior executive roles, including managing director of the global risks division.
Dee Lehane's international career includes significant experience dealing with strategic issues and technology-led business change at global insurance companies. She was previously Managing Partner Global Insurance Industry for Accenture, where she worked for over 20 years. She is currently the Independent Chair of the Debt Market Integrator, a Cabinet Office venture serving a number of government departments and Chairman of ORIC International, the Insurance Industry Risk Consortium. She has previously served on the boards of Aviva Life and Pensions Insurance Ireland and Aviva Health Insurance Ireland, including roles on the Audit (Chair) and Risk Committees.
Samuel Liss is managing principal of Whitegate Partners LLC, an advisory firm to operating companies and private equity firms specializing in the financial services and business services sectors. He is a board member of Verisk Analytics, Inc. and J.S. Held. Mr. Liss is also an adjunct professor at NYU Stern School of Business and Columbia Law School, where he teaches courses on corporate governance.
Carol A. McFateDirector
Carol McFate retired from Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) in October 2017, having served as chief investment officer for more than 10 years. During that time, she was responsible for the insourcing, oversight and management of retirement investments for the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Prior to joining Xerox, McFate served in a number of senior finance and investment management roles in the insurance industry over nearly two decades, including senior vice president, Prudential Investment Corp. (investment subsidiary of The Prudential Insurance Company); vice president and treasurer of American International Group, Inc. (NYSE: AIG); executive vice president and global treasurer of XL Global Services, the shared services subsidiary of XL Capital Ltd (NYSE: XLC).
Al-Noor Ramji joined Prudential in January 2016 in the newly created role of Group Chief Digital Officer and is responsible for developing and executing an integrated, long-term digital strategy for the group. Before joining Prudential, he worked at Northgate Capital, a venture firm in Silicon Valley, where he ran technology-focused funds. Prior to this, he was at Misys, a financial services group, and has previously held leading technology and innovation roles at BT Group, Qwest Communications, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and Swiss Bank Corporation.
Kevin J. RehnbergDirector
Before joining the Company, Rehnberg served as executive vice president for specialty lines at OneBeacon, where he oversaw specialty underwriting operations and acquired and built new lines of specialty business. Prior to that, he held positions at the St. Paul Travelers Companies, Liberty International and Chubb Corporation. He has a bachelor's degree from Princeton University.
Chief Executive Officer
Before joining the Company, Rehnberg served as executive vice president for specialty lines at OneBeacon, where he oversaw specialty underwriting operations and acquired and built new lines of specialty business. Prior to that, he held positions at The St. Paul Travelers Companies, Liberty International and Chubb Corporation. He has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.
Chief Financial Officer
Scott Kirk joined Argo in March 2021 as Chief Financial Officer. Kirk joined Argo from Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited, where he served as Chief Financial Officer from 2014 to April 2020. Prior to that, he served in several senior finance roles from 2007 to 2014, including Chief Financial Officer of Aspen’s insurance business. Before joining Aspen, Kirk held several senior finance roles at Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. between 2002 and 2007, including Financial Controller for the company’s U.K. operations and Group Head of Internal Audit. Having graduated from Queensland University of Technology, Kirk started his career as an auditor at KPMG, Brisbane. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England, Wales and Australia.
Robert “Bob” Katzman joined Argo Group in 2016 from AIG Inc., where he was the Head of Global Casualty Pricing and Analytics. There he was a catalyst for transforming the casualty pricing operation by blending predictive analytics and traditional actuarial techniques to refine and enhance pricing models. Throughout his nearly 30 years of industry experience, Katzman has held senior roles at Travelers, Crum & Forster and Reliance National, where he led reserving, pricing, M&A, reinsurance and ERM functions. Katzman is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Math and Psychology from Union College.
Chief Administrative Officer
Susan Comparato joined Argo in 2018 as US General Counsel. She has experience as a strategic business leader with a dual career path in law and business operations in insurance and financial services. Prior to Argo, she served as CEO and Board Director of Syncora Holdings Ltd. and General Counsel prior to such appointment. She began her career as a structured products lawyer for Sidley Austin. Comparato is a graduate of Georgetown University and William and Mary Law School and is admitted to the New York and New Jersey state bars.
Chief Claims Officer
Mark Wade joins Argo Group following his appointment as Executive Director of the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board. Prior to his appointment, Wade served as Deputy Superintendent for property and casualty insurance at New York State’s Department of Financial Services. Before entering public service in 2014, Wade served in several senior roles with Arch Insurance Group, Zurich North America and Marsh USA. He began his industry career with Chubb Corporation, where he handled directors’ and officers’ claims. Wade is a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and is admitted to the New York and Pennsylvania state bars.
Senior Vice President, Producer Management
Leah Ohodnicki is a Senior Vice President and Group Head of Producer Management at Argo Group. In this role, Leah leads a talented team of marketers who are responsible for developing and executing strategies to achieve top- and bottom-line growth. Prior to Argo, Leah spent nearly 10 years at Marsh, serving in various local, regional and national roles within their marketing organization. She and her team at Argo recently launched the Ascend With Argo program, offering early-career producers the education, insights and connections they need to develop and thrive in the insurance industry.
Chief Investment Officer
As Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, Mark Rose oversees the company’s investment strategy. Prior to joining Argo Group in 2013, Rose was a Senior Credit Analyst at RBC Capital Markets and has held similar roles at Deephaven Capital Management, Goldman Sachs & Co. and Credit Suisse First Boston. He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and is a CFA® charterholder.
Group Treasurer & Investor Relations
Brett Shirreffs joined Argo Group in 2017 as VP of Corporate Finance and assumed the role of Head of Investor Relations in 2019. Brett came to Argo with more than a decade of experience at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc. (KBW) and Lehman Brothers in investment banking and equity research covering the insurance industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Middlebury College.
Allison Kiene joined Argo Group as Group General Counsel in October 2020 and is responsible for overseeing the company’s legal and compliance teams. She holds a wealth of experience in all aspects of the insurance industry’s legal, regulatory and compliance environments. Kiene joined Argo Group from Sompo International Holdings Ltd., where she served as assistant general counsel and chief compliance officer, data protection officer. Prior to this, she held similar roles with increasing responsibility at Montpelier Re Holdings Ltd., Blue Capital Management Ltd. and Familymeds Group Inc. Kiene has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy and a Juris Doctor in law from the University of Connecticut.
Chief Internal Auditor
Chief Risk & Sustainability Officer
Alex Hindson joined Argo Group as Chief Risk Officer in 2015. He is responsible for the implementation of enterprise risk management across the company, as well as for Argo’s corporate compliance function and the company’s credit rating agency relations. He is also responsible for overseeing Argo’s internal capital modeling and the purchase of corporate insurance as well as the corporate Sustainability program. Previously, he was Chief Risk Officer of Amlin AG, the Swiss reinsurance operation of Amlin plc, where he was responsible for risk, compliance and legal functions across the company’s Bermuda branch and Zurich operation. Prior to that, he held other risk management roles at Amlin plc and Aon Global Risk Consulting. Mr. Hindson is originally a chemical engineer and worked for AstraZeneca in a variety of roles. He is a Certified Fellow, past Chairman of the Institute of Risk Management (IRM), member of the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) and holds a master’s in integrated environmental management.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Tony Cicio joined Argo in 2019. He is an experienced, strategic business leader with a dual career path in finance and human resources. His career includes serving as the vice president, human resources at Samsung Electronics, the vice president of human resources at Danone North America and the chief financial officer at The Dannon Company. Cicio began his career as an auditor with Deloitte. He holds a bachelor of science degree in Accounting from the University of Delaware.
President, Commercial Specialty
Gary Grose joined Argo in 2014 as head of producer management. He is responsible for working with each of Argo’s businesses globally to build and strengthen profitable relationships with brokers, agents and other business partners. Grose joined Argo from Marsh, where he was responsible for leading all marketing and communications strategy and initiatives across the U.S. He has also held a variety of marketing and producer/distribution management positions at Zurich, Allstate and John Hancock.
President, Excess & Surplus
Marsh Duncan has worked in the insurance industry for more than two decades, largely focusing on specialty risks. He was appointed Senior Vice President of U.S. Operations in August 2018. In his current role, Duncan oversees the Environmental, Inland Marine, and Contract P&C Binding underwriting units. Before this role, Duncan has held leadership positions across Argo Group, including Chief Administrative Officer for Argo Surety, Head of U.S. Specialty Programs, and Head of Digital Business Development. Duncan joined Argo in 2011 to lead and build Argo’s environmental underwriting business. Duncan has a strong background in the specialty insurance business, which he developed in senior roles at Chubb and Gulf Insurance Group.
Chief Underwriting Officer
Frank Mike-Mayer is responsible for guiding the development and execution of Argo Group US underwriting strategies and policies supporting retention, growth and profitability of the company’s total portfolio of businesses. He is also responsible for overseeing Argo’s Construction and Public Entity businesses. He joined Argo Group from AIG Commercial, where he served as Head of Technical Underwriting, responsible for driving key global underwriting excellence strategies, developing and implementing global underwriting standards, and establishing a more consistent and robust risk selection framework for underwriters. Before joining AIG Commercial in 2012, Mike-Mayer served in several senior roles with Zurich North America, ACE and Reliance National. He received a Master of Business Administration in statistics and actuarial science from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
President, Argo Surety
Josh Betz joined Argo Group in 2008 to launch the surety operation and has overseen its development as a leading commercial surety player in the marketplace. He was promoted to President of Argo Surety in 2012. Prior to joining Argo, he was a Managing Director for Travelers commercial surety operations, where he managed the second largest portfolio for the commercial surety division with over $5 billion in aggregate exposure. Before Travelers, Betz held various surety underwriting positions with Citigroup, CNA and Reliance. Betz graduated from Midwestern State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance.
President, Argo Pro
Senior Vice President, Alternative Risk Solutions
Senior Vice President, Casualty
Senior Vice President, Construction
Smallcombe joins Argo from Swiss Re, where she previously served as the global head of construction, casualty and professional lines. Prior to that role she served as Swiss Re’s North American head of construction. Before joining Swiss Re, Smallcombe served in a variety of roles at AIG for more than 16 years, including senior underwriter for architects and engineers – professional and construction casualty and senior underwriter, excess casualty, for AIG’s Lexington London division. She also held leadership roles at AIG, including product line manager for energy and construction and energy and construction industry practice group leader for AIG Property Casualty’s Midwest Zone.
Smallcombe has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Skidmore College.
Senior Vice President, Argo Environmental
David Corry joined Argo in 2020 as head of environmental. He is responsible for leading all aspects of the environmental practice across the U.S. With 35 years of underwriting experience, David brings to the team deep technical expertise and a strong background in casualty and complex environmental underwriting. He joined Argo from Markel, where he was senior director of environmental and energy insurance. Prior to that, he held management positions at Liberty International Underwriters, Chubb and Crum & Forster. He is also a veteran of the armed forces, having served for 29 years in the Air National Guard.
Vice President, Garage
Senior Vice President, Inland Marine
Kurt Tipton joined Rockwood as a management trainee in 1986 and took over as President of Rockwood in 2015. In May 2011, Tipton was promoted to Chief Operating Officer and maintains his positions of Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer. Before that, he had been Vice President of Underwriting since 2000. He is responsible for maximizing long-term underwriting profits. He oversees all aspects of the underwriting, marketing, loss control and claims departments. Tipton received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh and his MBA from Frostburg State University. He was previously a partner in an outdoor adventure school and remains active in community service.
Vice President, Specialty Programs
Interim, Head of U.S. Property
Interim President, International Operations
Andrew “Andy” Borst is Chief Administrative Officer, overseeing International Operations. Borst joined Argo in March 2014, from OneBeacon Insurance Group. At OneBeacon, he served in several roles, including President of Crop Insurance and CFO for specialty lines, where he helped acquire and build out new lines of specialty business. He started his career at Travelers Insurance and graduated from the Financial Management Program in 1999. Borst earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with honors from the Boston University School of Management, concentrating on finance and management information systems.
Managing Director, Argo Managing Agency, Ltd.
Dominic Kirby serves as managing director of ArgoGlobal Managing Agency. Kirby brings more than 25 years of industry experience to his new role, including previous service as head of Ariel Re U.K. Prior to joining Ariel Re in 2015, he was managing director at Torus Underwriting Management Limited. From 2007 to 2011, Kirby served as deputy managing director, and ultimately managing director at Flagstone Syndicate Management Limited. Previously, he worked for Navigators Group Inc., London and Navigators Underwriting Agency Ltd. Kirby became a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute in 2000. He graduated from Oxford University with a Masters of Arts in geological sciences.
Chief Underwriting Officer & Active Underwriter – Syndicate 1200
Head of Argo Insurance Bermuda
Bill Wharton joined Argo in 2015 as an Underwriting Manager and is now Head of Argo Insurance Bermuda. Prior to joining Argo, he was Head of Financial Lines, Asia, at Catlin. Before that, he served as Chief Underwriting Officer for XL Group’s professional lines, underwriting activities outside the U.S. and Bermuda. He was Vice President, Professional Lines, for XL Insurance in Bermuda, serving U.S. Fortune 500 companies. Wharton graduated from University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in economics.