Beazley Names Fred Kleiterp European General Manager

The appointment supports the company’s ambitious plans for growth across the continent.

(Fred Kleiterp, General Manager, Europe, Beazley.)

Beazley, the London-based specialty insurer, announced that it has appointed Fred Kleiterp as European General Manager, as part of plans for ambitious growth across Europe. Kleiterp will lead Beazley’s expanding teams, which are located across the continent. Reporting to Adrian Cox, CEO, he will join the company on June 1 and become a member of the Executive Committee.

Beazley characterizes Kleiterp’s appointment as a further step in the company’s ongoing investment in the development of its European business. With a significant program of growth planned, the appointment further builds out the management structure of a business that today boasts offices in five countries, giving brokers access to specialist underwriting in classes as diverse as cyber and aviation.

Adrian Cox, CEO, Beazley.

“Beazley sees excellent opportunities to expand our specialist insurance offering to brokers and their clients across Europe,” comments Beazley CEO Adrian Cox. “Fred Kleiterp is highly experienced in growing underwriting businesses in both Europe and Asia Pacific and underpins his growth track record with a focus on operational excellence that brokers and their clients rightly expect. The investment we have already made across Europe has created a successful and effective launchpad, which I believe under Fred’s leadership will develop in both scale and pace and I’m looking forward to this exciting next phase in Europe.”

Kleiterp, was most recently Swiss Re Corporate Solutions’ CEO for EMEA, having previously led the division’s Asia Pacific operations and holding a number of senior positions in a more than twenty-year career with the reinsurer. He started his career in insurance with Atradius in the Netherlands.

Outstanding Opportunity across Europe

“Beazley’s reputation as a specialist insurer is well known and combined with its focus on underwriting excellence and its ambitions to grow, I believe we have an outstanding opportunity across Europe. I am looking forward to getting started and working with the team.”

Beazley has operations in Europe, United States, Canada, Latin America and Asia. The firm manages seven Lloyd’s syndicates and, in 2021, underwrote gross premiums of $4.6 billion globally.

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