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Everest Insurance® Announces Three Executive Appointments as Part of Global Strategy

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Jon Levenson
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Everest Insurance® announced today three new executive appointments in its underwriting leadership.

LIBERTY CORNER, NEW JERSEY – September 22, 2020 – Everest Insurance® announced today three new executive appointments in its underwriting leadership. Mike Harnett has been named Chief Underwriting Officer for Everest Insurance® in North America, Erik Nikodem has been appointed Global Head of Property and Neil Lightbown is joining the organization as Chief Underwriting Officer, Everest Global Markets, effective October 1.

Mike Harnett joined Everest Insurance® in 2017 as Deputy Chief Underwriting Officer after 13 years with ACE.  Mike has been a key leader in the organization’s evolution, building out Everest’s governance framework. In his new role, he will drive Everest Insurance® underwriting excellence across North America. Mike will report to Everest Insurance® COO, Mike Mulray, and will remain based in the company’s Philadelphia, PA, office.

Erik Nikodem joined Everest Insurance® in May 2016 to lead the newly formed U.S. Property division. Over the past four years, he has overseen the growth, strategy and profitability of the division’s retail property, excess and surplus property, and inland marine space. Erik will now take that leadership and knowledge to our global operations. Prior to joining Everest, Erik worked at AIG, where he most recently held the role of President and Global Property Executive of their Americas Region. Erik will continue to report to Everest Insurance® President & CEO, Mike Karmilowicz, and will remain based in the company’s Boston office.

Neil Lightbown joins Everest after 5 years with Allied World Assurance, where he was most recently Global Markets Chief Underwriting Officer. With nearly four decades of experience, Neil has a strong record of building and transforming portfolios throughout his career, having worked in both the Lloyds and company markets. Neil will report to Everest Insurance® COO, Mike Mulray and to Vincent Vandendael, CEO of Everest Global Markets. He will be based in the company’s London office.

Commenting on these new appointments, Mike Karmilowicz, President and CEO, Everest Insurance®, said, “Today’s announcement further demonstrates the depth of talent within our organization and the strength of the Everest culture which continues to attract industry-leading talent to our firm.  Our Global Markets operation is a critical component of our diversified portfolio. I am excited to have Neil and Erik on board to lead aspects of our evolving and expanding global strategy. At the same time, Mike will guide the underwriting excellence in our established North America region that complements our continued organizational build-out across the world.”


About Everest Re Group, Ltd.

Everest Re Group, Ltd. (“Everest”) is a leading global provider of reinsurance and insurance, operating for close to 50 years through subsidiaries in the U.S., Europe, Singapore, Canada, Bermuda and other territories.

Everest offers property, casualty, and specialty products through its various operating affiliates located in key markets around the world.

Everest common stock (NYSE:RE) is a component of the S&P 500 index.

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