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    Beazley adds to its Barcelona-based specialty lines team

    Francisco Alcaide and Alexander van Nierop join as financial lines underwriters for continental Europe

    Specialist insurer Beazley has appointed two financial lines underwriters at the company's hub for continental Europe in Barcelona.

    Francisco Alcaide joins Beazley following eight years at Hiscox in Spain, where, most recently, he was a senior underwriter in the professional risks team. He also managed the insurer's relationships with several broker networks. Mr Alcaide began his career in insurance at AIG Spain where he spent four years as a financial lines underwriter.

    He will be responsible for launching Beazley's e-trading platform for speciality products in Spain - MyBeazley - and developing the SME Spanish book by growing the Beazley brand for the segment.

    Alexander van Nierop joins Beazley following a decade at Aon in the Netherlands, where his most recent roles were as broker director and cyber broking solutions leader, which he held for two years. He previously worked as a broking director for both international property and for financial institutions for Benelux. Before joining Aon, Mr van Nierop spent five years at Marsh where he held various roles including senior financial lines broker. He worked in Fortis Bank's corporate finance and capital markets divisions before crossing over into insurance.

    He will be responsible for developing Beazley's specialty book of business in Benelux, working closely with local brokers and producers from his wide network.

    Their appointments follow the expansion of the financial lines team in Europe over the past 12 months in which financial lines underwriters and an international specialist lines claims manager joined Beazley's offices in Munich, Paris and Barcelona.

    Lorena Segovia, Beazley's financial lines regional manager for continental Europe, said: "Our growth strategy in Europe continues to gather pace and we are very pleased to welcome Francisco and Alexander to the team. At Beazley we've been expanding our specialist product offering and bringing on board experienced individuals whose product, territory and segment knowledge and strong market relationships will support our ambitions."