Hiscox has named Nicole Goodwin chief underwriting officer (CUO) for the company’s small and medium-sized business-focused Hiscox USA business. In her new role, Goodwin is tasked with leading continued growth and expansion for the business unit’s portfolio of specialty risk solutions, including E&O, GL, cyber and data security, media liability, entertainment production risks, D&O and management liability, crime, kidnap and ransom, terrorism and commercial property.
Goodwin joined Hiscox in 2004 as divisional counsel to the company’s Technology Media & Telecoms Division, where she focused on innovating specialty insurance products and services primarily aimed at Fortune 250 technology and multimedia companies, according to Hiscox statement. Since that time she has held various roles within Hiscox, most recently serving as the head of U.S. Claims where she was responsible for driving the strategic direction and performance of the company’s industry leading claims service.
Prior to joining Hiscox, Nicole practiced law in San Francisco focusing on emerging technology, privacy and IP-related risk analysis and counseling for several domestic and Lloyd’s of London- based specialty insurers, including Hiscox. She played a key role in developing some of the first insurance products specifically targeting emerging intellectual property, technology and data privacy liability nearly 20 years ago and, since that time, has authored several articles and spoken at conferences around the world on topics relating to emerging executive and professional liability and cyber risks.
Goodwin will be based in New York City and replaces Gary Head, who will return to Hiscox’s London office to take on the newly-created role of Head of Alternative Distribution for the Hiscox Group.