Conan is a senior executive with an exceptional record of growth and achievement in the insurance and reinsurance industry. A results-focused executive with an entrepreneurial and creative mindset, Conan has been consistently recognized for his leadership abilities exemplified by his building and staffing successful international reinsurance franchises with strong revenues and profits. Conan is currently President of CW Consulting which provides a diversity of advisory services to insurance / reinsurance companies, brokers, and investors in the areas of management / leadership, organizational effectiveness, strategy, risk management, mergers and acquisitions, staffing, product evaluation, portfolio management and hedging.
Prior to CW Consulting and up until the end of 2015, Conan served as Chief Executive Officer of Hamilton USA, the US insurance subsidiary of the Hamilton Insurance Group in Bermuda. Recruited to lead the start-up of this new, cutting-edge, technology-driven insurer, Conan built, staffed and drove growth from scratch to automated property and casualty underwriting in 30 states (E&S) and 15 admitted states in 18 months. Conan put the business on track to generating ~$150M in 2016 and also spearheaded the acquisition and licensing of two insurance companies ($14M deal) serving as building blocks for US operations.
Earlier, Conan was a founder of Validus Holdings in 2006, serving as Validus Reinsurance’s first Chief Underwriting Officer (CUO), followed by promotion to Chief Executive Officer (CEO). As CUO, Conan led his team in building a portfolio of over $1.2B of global property and specialty reinsurance. As CEO, Conan was instrumental in reorganizing Validus Re into a standalone, autonomous global operation, drove continued overseas expansion into Latin America, Europe and Asia, and integrated the acquisitions of Talbot Underwriting and IPC Re.
Conan is also a founder of Axis Re, a subsidiary of Axis Capital Holdings, providing leadership and direction for its launch in Bermuda in 2001. He built and managed a $600M reinsurance portfolio and served on the Axis Senior Management Committee, the company’s operating board, with direct involvement in enterprise-wide strategy and decision-making.
Conan began his insurance / reinsurance career holding a variety of underwriting, advisory and broking roles with Guy Carpenter & Company, Everest Reinsurance, Aon Re, Inc., and Marsh and McLennan. Outside of work, Conan has been involved in numerous leadership activities including serving on the boards of The Princeton Society, The Bermuda Sloop Foundation and The Institutes (CPCU).
Conan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in National Security and Public Affairs from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served as a 1st Lieutenant and infantry officer in the Republic of Korea and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Airborne Wings and Ranger Tab. Conan presently resides with his wife and three children in Princeton, New Jersey.