First personal cyber policy launched to NZ market

Delta Insurance | August 16, 2019

Delta Insurance has launched a new product to protect individuals and households from cyberattacks – the first insurance policy of its kind in New Zealand. This follows Delta’s earlier introduction of DynaRisk, a risk management offering which supports customer defenses against cyber risks. The new personal cyber insurance product, PerCy for short, will be available through brokers to be sold as a group policy to commercial businesses, who can then offer it as an employee or customer benefit. According to chief executive Craig Kirk, individuals are generally not as well placed as businesses to deal with the fallout of a cyberattack, and so the product is looking to plug a significant gap in the current insurance market.

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Brightway Insurance Announces Majority Investment From GrowthCurve Capital To Accelerate Growth

GrowthCurve Capital | December 18, 2021

Brightway Insurance, a leading personal lines focused insurance franchisor, announced today the completion of a majority investment from GrowthCurve Capital to accelerate the company's growth trajectory. The partnership with GrowthCurve will enable Brightway to continue its national expansion strategy and invest in its technology platform to further enhance its strong value proposition to customers, franchisees and carrier partners. "On behalf of my brother David and I, we are thrilled to take the next step in our journey and partner with GrowthCurve Capital, Our goal has always been to ensure the company – and everyone associated with it – reaches its potential. We strongly believe that GrowthCurve is the right partner for Brightway to create a Win, Win, Win for franchisees, customers and team members, and take the business to the next level given the firm's unique model of combining functional expertise with deep investment and industry experience." -Michael Miller, co-founder of Brightway Insurance. Brothers David and Michael Miller invented the "you sell, we service" model in the insurance agency space and began franchising the concept as Brightway Insurance in 2008. Today, Brightway is the most-recognized insurance franchise system and one of the largest personal lines insurance agencies in the U.S. With more than 331 franchises in 29 states, the company manages nearly $900 million of annualized written premiums. GrowthCurve Capital is a unique, control-oriented, private equity firm focused on building world-class businesses by leveraging data, analytics and machine learning, combined with a comprehensive approach to human capital, to accelerate growth and drive value creation. Under the new partnership, the Millers will continue to hold significant minority ownership of the company. Michael Miller will join David Miller on the board of directors, and together they will work closely with GrowthCurve in setting the strategic vision for Brightway to accelerate the company's growth. Effective immediately, Mark Cantin, GrowthCurve's lead operating executive in insurance distribution, becomes the new president and CEO of Brightway Insurance. Cantin had been working closely with GrowthCurve over the last several months to identify high growth insurance distribution businesses that ultimately resulted in this partnership. An industry veteran, Cantin brings more than 30 years of experience in both insurance distribution and underwriting to the position. Prior to joining GrowthCurve, Cantin was a member of the executive committee and president of field operations at QBE North America, a division of QBE Insurance Group, one of the 20 largest global insurance and reinsurance companies. Prior to joining QBE, Cantin was chief marketing officer at USI Insurance, one of the largest and fastest growing domestic brokers. "We have been very impressed with what David, Michael and the Brightway team have built. The company pioneered the franchisor model in the insurance space and has generated attractive outcomes for its franchisees, customers and carrier partners, We seek to accelerate the company's growth trajectory by leveraging the company's rich data assets and our expertise in AI, data enablement and digital transformation to introduce new solutions and capabilities to our franchisees and customers and to scale the platform nationally." -Sumit Rajpal, founder and CEO, GrowthCurve Capital. About Brightway Insurance Brightway Insurance is a national property/casualty insurance distribution company with nearly $900 million in annualized written premium, making it one of the largest personal lines agencies in the U.S. Brightway's focus is on producing Win, Win, Win outcomes for consumers by offering customized insurance solutions and for people wishing to sell insurance by providing business opportunities that span from single agent to multi-unit enterprises. Regardless of the path taken, Brightway provides the support necessary to consistently outsell other insurance agents. About GrowthCurve Capital GrowthCurve Capital is a private equity firm focused on building world-class businesses by leveraging data, analytics, and machine learning, combined with a comprehensive approach to human capital, to accelerate growth and drive value creation. Founded by Sumit Rajpal, former global co-head of the Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division, the firm focuses on control-oriented private equity investments primarily across the financial and information services, healthcare, and technology sectors.

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HUB INTERNATIONAL EXPANDS EMPLOYEE BENEFITS SOLUTIONS WITH ACQUISITION OF EVO INSURANCE SERVICES, INC. IN CALIFORNIA

Hub International Limited | April 13, 2022

Hub International Limited (Hub), a leading global insurance brokerage and financial services firm, announced today that it has acquired the assets of EVO Insurance Services, Inc. (EVO Insurance Services). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Headquartered in Chico, California, EVO Insurance Services is a privately held insurance agency specializing in employee benefits programs. EVO works with companies of all sizes to establish customized benefits programs that allow clients to attract and retain the top employees. Shawn Blofsky, President & Founder of EVO Insurance Services, and the EVO Insurance Services team will join Hub Central & Northern California (HUB CNC) and report into the Sacramento region. We are excited to have Shawn and his team join us, We have a clear line of sight on how we can grow our client base together." Darren Caesar, President of HUB CNC. EVO Insurance Services supports clients through various resources, knowledge and expertise. They are known for their creativity in building benefits programs to maximize value for clients. The move to Hub builds on this strategy and provides EVO Insurance Services clients access to Hub's vast resources and in- house expertise. In addition, EVO Insurance Services will be able to broaden their offering to clients with property and casualty insurance, retirement and private wealth services, and a variety of individual, personal lines, and high net worth coverage options. As the 7th largest employee benefits broker in North America, Hub's employee benefits team supports clients with tailored solutions in cost management, employee engagement, HR technology, compliance consulting, health & performance, and client advocacy. About Hub's M&A Activities Hub International Limited is committed to growing organically and through acquisitions to expand its geographic footprint and strengthen industry and product expertise. About Hub International Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Hub International Limited is a leading full-service global insurance broker and financial services firm providing risk management, insurance, employee benefits, retirement and wealth management products and services. With more than 14,000 employees in offices located throughout North America, Hub's vast network of specialists brings clarity to a changing world with tailored solutions and unrelenting advocacy, so clients are ready for tomorrow.

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AXA XL announces new leadership for Specialty Niche insurance business in the Americas

AXA XL | January 10, 2022

AXA XL Insurance has promoted Maria Duhart to lead its Specialty Niche insurance business in the Americas. Ms. Duhart steps into the role of Chief Underwriting Officer for Specialty Niche from her previous role as head of AXA XL's Commercial Bonds business. In her new role, Ms. Duhart reports to Donna Nadeau, Chief Underwriting Officer for the Americas and assumes multi-line underwriting management responsibility of AXA XL's collective Specialty Niche insurance lines in the Americas which includes Political Risk, Trade Credit and Commercial Bonds; War, Terrorism and Political Violence; Fine Art & Specie, Leisure and Entertainment and Structured Risk Solutions. "Since joining us in 2017, Maria has led our Commercial Bond business, impressively growing this business and building a talented underwriting team. With more than 20 years of insurance, business strategy and finance experience, Maria is well prepared for her new responsibilities, already having a strong grasp of our specialty lines businesses and the respect of our brokers, reinsurers, and colleagues." -Ms. Nadeau Before joining AXA XL, Ms. Duhart served as Head of Commercial Surety at Nationwide. She also previously held the roles of Regional Commercial Surety Manager, Assistant Vice President – Surety and Senior Surety Underwriting Specialist at Chubb. She is a graduate from the Catholic University of Argentina and holds a Master's in Business Administration from New York University.

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InsurTech Carrot Enters Exclusive Partnership with Naver

Carrot | May 19, 2022

Carrot ("Carrot" or the "Company"), a digital insurance platform of South Korea, is pleased to announce that it has entered into an Exclusive Promotion and Distribution Agreement with platform giant Naver Financial Corp. (Naver), whereby Carrot has been appointed to exclusively supply shipment return insurance for the merchants of Naver's online shopping platform (Smart Store). Smart Store is the nation's largest ecommerce marketplace in terms of transaction volume as of current. Compensating for the cost of return shipping and handling of goods, the proposed insurance is a non-traditional product designed to meet the needs of the marketplace sellers, as well as the shoppers. Sellers who purchase the cover are expected to boost their revenue through added marketing advantage, as the online shoppers are provided with extra layer of peace of mind in case they want to return or exchange the purchased items. Likewise, resounding success has been recorded from the pilot test co-conducted by two parties for the duration of four months during the second half of previous year, affirming that Carrot's business model works. Thousands of vendors who implemented the coverage reported 15% jump in sales volume while achieving 31% growth in revenue on average. In addition to the users' overwhelmingly positive responses, a surge in demand for the insurance to cover more shopping categories has been observed. We are excited to be working alongside with Naver, We share Naver's vision of innovating on behalf of clients, and the launch of this service is one way how we address customers' pressing needs. We are distinctively positioned to develop and deliver digital insurance solution to Naver that will broaden access to small online business owners and help them grow and protect their businesses. We look forward to continually introduce series of platform integrated solutions through our long-lasting partnership." Speaking of the recent partnership announcement, Paul Jung CEO of Carrot. Carrot anticipates that the concept of integration of insurance services into e-commerce transaction will expand to other "ecosystem partners". 11th Street, the 2nd largest shopping and open-market platform of Korea has started distributing Carrot's shipping return cover since 2020 and has plan to promote for wider adoption by the vendors to bolster their profitability, according to the firm. Not to mention that Amazon last year has inked exclusive partnership with 11th Street to enter the lucrative Korean e-commerce market. About Carrot General Insurance Corp. Based in Seoul Korea the company was established through a JV partnership with some of the big-name investors, including Hanwha, SK Telecom, Hyundai Motor Group, Altos Ventures, and Stic Investments. Being the nation's first fully-licensed 100% digital insurance carrier, Carrot has been disrupting the market with innovative products and has outpaced its global peers in terms of the speed of acquiring customers to its usage-based insurance program. The company's successful footprint owes itself to strong customer value propositions, including easy and accessible insurance, transparent premiums, AI automated accident registration and prompt dispatch of help services all made possible via proprietary technology. The company is also pursuing business in Pay-As-How-You-Drive auto insurance, which assesses the premiums as per customer's driving patterns and behavior through sensor data analytics. In line with the company's open innovation strategy, Carrot has 100+ national & international partnerships, including South Korean government unit that oversees national highways and traffic controls.

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