Liberty Specialty Markets, part of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, has promoted Melanie O’Neill to chief underwriting officer (CUO) of its Commercial practice, effective immediately.
O’Neill previously served as head of Professional Lines at the firm and replaces Alan Telford, who is retiring after 19 years with Liberty.
She brings over three decades of London market experience having begun her career in 1989 for the broker Nelson, Hurst & Marsh, which became part of Lockton.
In 1994 she then moved to Brit Insurance as a professional indemnity underwriter, before leaving in 2003 to become senior underwriter for Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, which is now part of Liberty Specialty Markets.
Phil Hobbs, deputy managing director, Liberty Specialty Markets, said: “Mel’s appointment shows the calibre of our home-grown talent. She has been instrumental in delivering our strategy and demonstrating our values. She brings a huge supply of energy, ideas and leadership skill to the role of CUO. Her in-depth knowledge, experience and a straight-forward, collaborative style make her a very welcome addition to our Senior Leadership Team.
“I’d also like to thank Alan Telford for his service and the commitment he’s shown to Liberty over the years. Mel will work closely with Alan to transition into her new role.”