Addition of Reinsurance Veteran Further Underscores Firm’s Commitment to its Clients as an Independent Broker
—Frank Harrison, CEO, Holborn
NEW YORK, September 8, 2015—Holborn, a U.S.-based independent reinsurance broker, today announced the appointment of Roderick P. Thaler as Executive Vice President, effective immediately. The appointment of Mr. Thaler further strengthens Holborn’s senior management team and exemplifies Holborn’s reinvestment in its firm and its clients through commitment to employee development, diversity, financial stability and integrity. In this role, Mr. Thaler will serve as a member of Holborn’s Franchise Operating Committee and will be responsible for the oversight of a number of strategic initiatives on the firm’s behalf, focusing on value creation for its clients. He will be based in the firm’s headquarters in New York.
“The appointment of Rod is an important strategic hire for Holborn,” said Frank Harrison, President and CEO of Holborn Corporation. “Rod is a prominent leader in the reinsurance market and his deep industry expertise, connections and his overall energy and enthusiasm for the industry will undoubtedly be a great asset to our clients and our firm. Rod’s appointment is the latest in a series of strategic hires we have made as we continue to invest in talent and we are honored to have him as part of our team.”
The depth of Mr. Thaler’s expertise in the reinsurance market spans more than three decades where he has served in a number of leadership roles for leading global reinsurance brokers. Mr. Thaler joins Holborn from Aon Benfield where he was Vice Chairman of the Americas. While at Aon Benfield, Mr. Thaler co-led Aon’s Global Reinsurance Client (GRC) initiative and spearheaded meaningful production activities. Prior to this, Mr. Thaler served on the North America Executive Committee for Willis Re, and headed new business initiatives for the firm. He spent nearly two decades at Guy Carpenter, where he was promoted to Managing Director and he led both Property and Casualty teams. Also earlier in his career, Mr. Thaler was a Chief Broker at John P Woods & Co, an independent, privately held firm, where he was the responsible for all P&C broking activities and reported to the CEO. Mr. Thaler graduated with honors from Harvard College with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree. He received his post graduate education from the School of Risk Management at St. John’s University.
Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Thaler added: “Holborn is incredibly impressive in its lengthy history of building long-term personal relationships with its clients. I am excited about joining a firm with such a focus on client intensity and I look forward to working with Holborn’s outstanding leadership team to continue providing unique solutions for our clients.”