IRUA Officers & Directors

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Executive Committee

President- Andrew L. Downing

Andrew L. Downing
Stonybrook Risk Management
521 Fifth Avenue, Suite 630
New York, NY 10175
Mobile: (203) 395-4997

Secretary - Laura Herubin

Laura Herubin
Vice President – Underwriting
Mapfre Re North America
100 Campus Drive
Florham Park, NJ 07932
Telephone: 973-443-4666

Treasurer/Chair Investment Committee - William Bernens

William Bernens
Director – Property Treaty
Arch Reinsurance Company
445 South Street, Suite 220
(P.O. Box 1988)
Morristown, NJ 07962
Telephone: 973-889-6451

Immediate Past President - Arlene S. Kern

Arlene S. Kern 
Senior VP – Strategic Innovation Leader
Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.
555 College Road East
Princeton, NJ 08543
Telephone: 609-275-2008


Director - Keith Cartmell

Keith Cartmell
Vice President – Property Treaty
Sirius America Re Managers
140 Broadway, 32nd Floor, New York, NY 10005
Phone: (212) 312-2640
Mobile: (646) 715-3428

Director - Dawnmarie Black

Dawnmarie Black
Northeast Regional Director
Phone:  978.460.5940


Director - Paul Carroll

Paul Carroll
Senior Vice President
Markel Global Re
535 Springfield Avenue, Suite 300
Summit, NJ 07901
Telephone: 908-630-2700

Director- Nick Cook

Nick Cook
Senior VP, Head of Ceded R/I
Crum & Forster Wholesale E&S
101 Hudson Street – 32nd Floor
Jersey City, NJ  07302
Telephone: 201-334-4798

Director/Chair, Scholars Committee - Sam DeGiovanni

Sam DeGiovanni
Vice President – Casualty Treaty
175 Capital Blvd.
Rocky Hill, CT  06067
Telephone: 860-760-7780


Director/Assn Governance Chair Dwayne E. Elliott

Dwayne E. Elliott
Vice President-Underwriting and Marketing
American Agricultural Insurance Company
One Easton Oval – Suite 580
Columbus, OH  43219
Telephone:  614-416-5005

Director - James D. Fletcher

James D. Fletcher
Vice President – Casualty Treaty
Odyssey Reinsurance Company
300 First Stamford Place
Stamford, CT  06902-6781
Telephone: 203-977-8035

Director/Education Co-Chair Christiane Gross

Christiane Gross
Senior Vice President – Property Treaty Underwriter
Munich Re America, Inc.
555 College Road East (P.O. Box 5241)
Princeton, NJ 08543
Telephone: 609-243-4932

Director - Joshua Hackett

Joshua Hackett
Managing Director – Head of Casualty
Arch Reinsurance Company
445 South Street – Suite 220
P.O. Box 1988
Morristown, NJ 07962
Telephone: 973-889-6451


Director - Thomas Hettinger

Thomas Hettinger
Managing Director Strategic Advisory
Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC
155 North Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606

Director - Danny Hojnowski

Danny Hojnowski
Vice President – US Casualty E&O Underwriting
Transatlantic Reinsurance Company
1 Liberty Plaza, 165 Broadway
New York, NY  10006
Telephone: 212-500-7675

Director - Scott Mackie

Scott Mackie
Property Treaty Underwriter
AXA XL Reinsurance
70 Seaview Avenue
Stamford, CT 06902
Telephone: 203-964-5304

Director - Mike Markowski

Mike Markowski
Vice President
AXIS Reinsurance Company
1221 Avenue of the Americas, 26th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Telephone: 212 –715-3605

Director - Julie A. McLoughlin

Julie A. McLoughlin
Managing Director
Guy Carpenter & Co., LLC
1166 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY  10036
Telephone: 917-937-3077

Director - James P. McNally

James P. McNally
Vice President
The Toa Reinsurance Company of America
177 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07962
Telephone: 973-898-9381

Director/Chair, Membership Committee - Tim Poeton

Tim Poeton
Senior Vice President – Business Development
State National Companies
Morristown, NJ 07962
Phone: 201-618-5579

Director - Kevin Rentko

Kevin Rentko
Senior Vice President – Head of General Casualty
Renaissance Re US
140 Broadway, Suite 4200
New York, NY 10005
Telephone: 212-248-9218

Director - Michael Schummer

Michael Schummer, ACAS, MAAA
Senior Vice President, Casualty Team Lead
Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.
Telephone:       (609) 243-4703
Mobile:             (267) 907-5518

Director - Michael C. Sowa

Michael C. Sowa
Managing Director- Global Accounts & Managing Director, Global Distribution & Marketing
Aspen Re
175 Capital Boulevard, Suite 300
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
Telephone: 860-258-3505

Director - Roderick P. Thaler

Roderick P. Thaler
Executive Vice President
Holborn Corporation
180 Maiden Lane – Suite 701
New York, NY 10038
Telephone:  212-382-4090

Director/Education Co-Chair

John West
Executive VP & Partner
Apetrop USA, Inc.

P.O. Box 281
Hancock, NH 03449
Telephone: 603-933-3277

Director - James Wilson

James Wilson
N. America P&C VP, Senior U/W Casualty
Partner Re US
200 First Stamford Place
Stamford, CT 06902
Telephone: 203-485-4581