Everest Insurance Appoints Harnett, Nikodem and Lightbown to Key Underwriting Posts

Everest Insurance announced today three executive appointments in its underwriting leadership. Mike Harnett has been named chief underwriting officer for North America; Erik Nikodem has been appointed global head of Property and Neil Lightbown is joining the organization as chief underwriting officer, Everest Global Markets, effective October 1.

Harnett joined Everest in 2017 as deputy chief underwriting officer after 13 years with ACE. In his new role, he will drive Everest’s underwriting across North America. He will report to Mike Mulray, chief operating officer, and will remain based in the Philadelphia office.

Erik Nikodem joined Everest in May 2016 to lead the newly formed U.S. Property division. Over the past four years, he has overseen the growth, strategy and profitability of the division’s retail property, excess and surplus property, and inland marine space. Nikodem will now move to global operations. Prior to joining Everest, he worked at AIG, where he most recently held the role of president and global Property executive of their Americas region. He will continue to report to Everest Insurance President and CEO Mike Karmilowicz, and will remain based in the Boston office.

Neil Lightbown joins Everest after five years with Allied World Assurance, where he was most recently Global Markets chief underwriting officer. He has early four decades of experience building and transforming portfolios, having worked in both the Lloyds and company markets. Lightbown will report to COO Mulray and to Vincent Vandendael, CEO of Everest Global Markets. He will be based in the London office.

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