European Boutique Managing General Agent (MGA), High Signa, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeroen Kisters as Professional Indemnity Manager for the Netherlands. Based in Rotterdam, Jeroen will be responsible for developing Alta Signa’s professional compensation product offering in the Dutch market as part of the company’s broader focus on carefully targeted, sustainable and profitable growth across specialist markets across Europe.
Jeroen has over 30 years of experience as an insurance consultant, wholesale broker, legal risk management consultant and underwriter in commercial lines, general liability, employers’ liability, tort products, professional indemnity (optional reinsurance) and liability of directors and officers. Prior to joining Alta Signa, he was an independent IP legal risk management consultant and subject matter expert, having previously held senior underwriting roles at Liberty Specialty Markets, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty and AXA. Jeroen is fluent in Dutch, English and German.
Dennis Gattinger, Head of Distribution at Alta Signa, said: “As an established MGA dedicated to the European specialty insurance market, we focus on specialty insurance where global expertise and local underwriting experience are essential, and where policyholders buy your capacity because they feel comfortable that you fully understand their risk exposures. Professional liability is one such market in which we are looking to expand selectively across Europe, country by country, with a local presence on the ground. Jeroen’s knowledge of the Dutch IP market is unrivaled and will add tremendous value to our clients as we provide specialist solutions to help them manage their ever-changing risks.
Mark Haverkate, Alta Signa Branch Manager Benelux, commented: “We are delighted that Jeroen is joining the Benelux team. With his expertise and knowledge of Dutch IP, we will take the Benelux operation to the next level. Jeroen brings a wealth of complementary underwriting, brokerage and advisory experience and I know that our clients and business partners will benefit immensely from his extensive expertise and industry knowledge.
Alta Signa, Netherlands Professional Compensation Manager Jeroen Kisters said: “I am very happy to have joined Alta Signa at such an important time in its development. The company has a forward thinking and entrepreneurial approach and the main driver for me is that I will be able to build an IP business portfolio by implementing my own clear underwriting strategy without being held back by outdated systems or market habits that inhibit growth potential. This is a great opportunity to bring 30 years of industry experience across Europe and my clear underwriting philosophy to the benefit of our customers and business partners – first in the Netherlands and other markets over time.
Contrary to what some in the market are saying, the IP markets in Europe are weak with many opportunities and a lot of capacity, so you need to stand out and have your USPs in order. Differentiation and relevance are key and if you have a good strategy, a compelling value proposition and a strong local network to enable you to underwrite profitably, the outlook is good. I really look forward to working with Gerard and my great Alta Signa colleagues across Europe, and playing a vital role in the continued growth and success of the business.
The vast MGA Alta Signa has successfully launched operations in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain since commencing operations in 2019.