Swett & Crawford Senior Management
Toby Esser, Chairman - CGSC Group
Toby joined Cooper Gay in 1984 as a non-marine property broker and led the team that launched and ran Cooper Gay’s New York office in 1988.
He has been a board director since 1997 and was appointed as Group Chief Executive Officer in 2001. Following his appointment Cooper Gay expanded rapidly, both organically and through a number of strategic transactions, including the acquisition of Junge & Co. in Germany and various asset purchases in the UK.
Under his stewardship Cooper Gay’s revenue increased from £20 million to over £100 million across more than 25 offices worldwide, profit increased each year and the number of shareholders grew to above 100.
In 2010, Cooper Gay combined forces with leading US wholesale broker Swett & Crawford to create the only truly global wholesale and reinsurance broker and the largest Lloyd’s centric broker. On completion, Toby was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the new Cooper Gay Swett & Crawford Group.
Today, the Group places in the region of $4.3 billion in premiums for its clients in the London, US and international insurance markets, and employs over 1,400 staff across five continents.
Shaun Hooper, Chief Executive Officer of CGSC North America
Mr. Hooper is Chief Executive Officer of CGSC North America. Mr. Hooper joined Cooper Gay in 2009, with responsibility for co-ordinating and developing global Operations to enhance client service, and to support Cooper Gay’s growth strategy.
Before joining Cooper Gay, Shaun was Chief Operating Officer of Bluefin Insurance Services.
Mike Brennan, Chief Executive Officer of Wholesale
Mr. Brennan is on the Senior Leadership Team and is the Chief Executive Officer of Swett Wholesale. With more than 25 years of industry experience, Mr. Brennan began his career at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. as an Account Executive and then moved to Alexander Howden North America, which ultimately became what is now Swett & Crawford, in 1992. He has served in various capacities at Swett, including Broker, Assistant Vice President, Vice President, Casualty Manager, Sales & Division Leader. Mr. Brennan has contributed to Swett initiatives in the Casualty Practice Group, including training and recruiting. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Marquette University.
Michael Ruhe, President of Sales
Mr. Ruhe is on the Senior Leadership Team and is President of Sales for Swett. With more than 20 years of industry experience, Mr. Ruhe began his career with Alexander Howden North America (now Swett & Crawford). During his tenure, he has held various positions, including Casualty Broker, Casualty Manager, Sales and Division Leader. Mr. Ruhe has been instrumental in Swett’s sales training efforts.
Terri T. Snell, Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President
Ms. Snell serves as a member of the Senior Leadership Team. She is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of Swett and has been CAO of Swett since 1997. Prior to Swett, she held various production, finance, compliance and IT roles at Alexander Howden North America, a wholesale broker owned by Alexander & Alexander which was acquired by Aon in December 1996. She has more than 30 years of industry experience.
Michael Bavely, Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President
Mr. Bavely is Swett’s Chief Financial Officer and serves as a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Mr. Bavely is responsible for the oversight of the finance, accounting, tax and treasury functions. Prior to joining Swett, he was the Director of Finance for Employease, Inc., an on-demand HR/Benefits software provider, which was acquired by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. in 2006. Prior to Employease, he served as Controller for Atlanta-based Cumulus Media Inc., the second largest radio holding company in the U.S. Mr. Bavely holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Indiana University and is an exam passed CPA.
Kevin Wolff, Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Mr. Wolff serves as a member of the Senior Leadership Team. He is Executive Vice President, Corporate Secretary, and General Counsel of Swett. Mr. Wolff is responsible for oversight of the company’s legal and human resources functions. Prior to joining Swett in 2011, he practiced law for twenty years in law firms and as in-house counsel, with a focus on corporate litigation and labor & employment law. His experience includes serving as Chief Litigation Counsel for energy holding company AGL Resources and Labor & Employment Counsel for international manufacturer Graphic Packaging International, where he later served as Director of Compensation & HRIS. Mr. Wolff holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Georgia and a law degree from its Law School.
Mike Baeurle, Senior Vice President, National Distribution & Sales
Mr. Baeurle is on the Senior Leadership Team and is head of national sales distribution. He joined Swett & Crawford in September of 2012 to lead the retail broker distribution and management effort as well as develop industry focus. Mr. Baeurle began his career as a successful retail broker before founding a company that focused on online distribution for small business insurance. Prior to joining Swett, he held several senior management positions during his nine year tenure at ACE USA. His most recent role with ACE was Senior Vice President of National Broker Distribution and Management for the US. Mr. Baeurle has his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Delaware.
Robert J. Greenebaum, Jr., Executive Vice President - Casualty Practice Group Leader
Mr. Greenebaum is the National Casualty Practice Group leader at Swett & Crawford. He has extensive experience in both retail and wholesale casualty insurance with emphasis on large and complex accounts. Mr. Greenebaum began his career nearly 30 years ago at Marsh. He later joined Corroon and Black (Willis) handling large, hard-to-place accounts. While at Willis, he was named head of Stewart Smith MidAmerica, Willis’ wholesale division. He joined Insurance Brokers Service (IBS- which later merged with Swett) in 1997. He also has served as EVP, Central Region Manager and Branch Manager of the Chicago office of Swett prior to taking on his current stewardship of the Casualty Practice Group. Mr. Greenebaum has a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Colorado College and earned an MBA degree from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Edward A. Magliaro, Executive Vice President - Property Practice Group Leader
Mr. Magliaro leads Swett & Crawford’s National Property Practice Group. He has nearly thirty years of experience in all aspects of property insurance including underwriting, wholesale brokerage and reinsurance. His career began at USF&G and has included senior underwriting, brokering and management positions at AIG, Allianz, E&M Associates (his own wholesale and reinsurance firm) and Colonia Versicherun Insurance Group. He has been with Swett & Crawford since 1994, specializing in all property/inland marine lines of business include COC and Technical Risks. Before taking on the stewardship of the Property Practice Group, Ed was the manager of the Swett & Crawford branch in New York City.
Emma Garner, Executive Vice President
Ms. Garner, formerly Managing Director of Cooper Gay Risk Services, serves as a member of the Senior Leadership Team and is a key member of the Swett & Crawford Property Practice Group. She works closely with Group Leader Ed Magliaro to further leverage market relationships and expand both wholesale and reinsurance business in the U.S.
Richard J. Martin, Executive Vice President - Energy Practice Group Leader
Mr. Martin serves as the Executive Vice President of the Energy Practice Group. He has 23 years of experience in the insurance business, including 18 years with Swett. Before joining Swett, Mr. Martin served on the Board of Directors for CJP, Inc. From 1990 to 1994, he was a broker for J.H. Blades & Co. Inc. Prior to that appointment, he was a broker for Jenner Fenton Slade Lloyds from 1985 to 1990. Mr. Martin graduated from Southern Methodist University.
Jason White, Executive Vice President - Professional Services Practice Group Leader
Mr. White heads the Swett & Crawford Professional Services Practice Group. He was the first broker in the company to form a group dedicated to providing specialty resources in specific coverage areas to our retail broker clients. The success of that unit was instrumental in Swett developing a Practice Group structure, the platform on which it now services and expands its business. Mr. White has been with Swett & Crawford since 1991 and is a multi-year recipient of the “Broker of the Year – Award of Excellence”. Prior to joining Swett & Crawford, Jason began his career at Marsh & McLennan’s FINPRO unit in London, England where he worked in the Lloyd’s market. Jason has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Riverside.
Curt Biersch, Executive Vice President - Division Leader
Mr. Biersch serves on the Senior Leadership Team and is an Executive Vice President and Sales/Division Leader. He has more than 40 years of experience in the insurance industry. Mr. Biersch started his career at Reliance Insurance Companies in property underwriting and held several managerial underwriting positions at Reliance; Cravens, Dargan & Co. and Industrial Underwriters, Inc. He later joined Sherwood Insurance Services and was appointed President of the company in 1997, serving in that role until Sherwood became Swett & Crawford in 2002. Since that time, he has headed up Swett’s Western Region and managed the Los Angeles and Woodland Hills offices. Mr. Biersch serves as Division Leader for Swett’s West Division. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Fresno State University.
Mike Hamby, Executive Vice President - Transportation Practice Group & Division Leader
Mr. Hamby is on the Senior Leadership Team and is an Executive Vice President and Sales/Division Leader. Mr. Hamby has more than 30 years of insurance industry experience. He began his career in 1975 at Aetna Cravens Dargan as an underwriter and then joined Baccala & Shoop Insurance Services, opening the company’s Denver office in 1979. He returned to Los Angeles with Interstate National and moved to I-West, which later became Swett & Crawford, in 1983. Mr. Hamby eventually moved to Seattle as Branch Manager and took responsibility for the combined Swett offices in 1987. He was instrumental in reopening Swett’s Phoenix office and opening the Bellingham, Washington Transportation office. He serves as the Division Leader for Swett’s Northwest Division. Mr. Hamby holds a degree from Cal State Northridge.