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Headed by Mike Abdallah in Sydney, the LIU Asia Pacific team is experienced and knowledgeable. Their focus is always on providing the resources, people and products that help you protect your business and your people.
LIU's focus on global specialist lines enables us to provide a broad range of insurance solutions, with a capability to manage complex risks. Our integrated business teams ensure that underwriting, claims and risk management are client focused and add an extra level of safety, security and value to every policy we underwrite.
Our experienced people provide specialist solutions by addressing specific client needs.
Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President Asia Pacific & NSW Branch Manager
John McCabe is responsible for the strategic direction of LIU’s Asia Pacific offices, overseeing risk management, capital efficiency, structure, new business and mergers and acquisitions. John is also managing the New South Wales branch activity including overseeing all underwriting, claims and risk management activity.
John’s experience includes over 15 years in insurance and 13 years in public practice accounting. Prior to his current role, John was global Chief Risk Officer in Liberty Mutual’s Boston head office.
John is a Certified Insurance Professional and a Fellow of ANZIIF. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Economics.
Michael Abdallah is the President & Managing Director of LIU Asia Pacific, and has global product line responsibility for LIU’s Energy, Marine and Construction business.
Mike joined LIU in New York in 1999 and led the successful re-underwriting of the acquired Albany Insurance Company, which helped kick-start LIU’s US operations.
Prior to LIU, Mike was President of Navigators in New York, and before that spent 25 years with CIGNA in various international locations.
During the last 25 years, Mike has worked in Tokyo, Philadelphia, London, New York and Sydney, and directed both regional and global operations.
Ben oversees the management of LIU’s activities throughout Asia.
Based in Singapore, Ben is responsible for development and execution of regional strategies related to product disciplines and geographical functions for Asia.
His role is focused around identifying opportunities to increase revenue, productivity and profitability and encompass development and maintenance of relationships with brokers, cedants, reinsurers, approved actuaries, auditors, bankers and regulators.
He is also responsible for the management of the LIU team based in both the Singapore and Hong Kong office.
Ben has over a decade’s experience in the insurance industry. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from the University of Technology.
Michelle is responsible for managing the LIU Surety portfolio across Asia.
Michelle worked as an underwriter specialising in Trade Credit and Surety for a major international insurance company before joining LIU in March 2017. She has previously worked in commercial finance for a multinational energy company and in marketing and investor relations for a boutique Asian hedge fund.
Michelle holds a Masters in Finance from Grenoble École de Management, and a BBA (Hons) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Professional & Financial Risks
Ann is the Asia head for all products within the Professional & Financial Risks portfolio, including — but not limited to — Professional Indemnity (PI) (such as Commercial, Construction, Construction Project and Financial Institutions PI), Investment Manager’s insurance, Umbrella Defence Costs, Information Technology Liability, Cyber, Directors' & Officers' Liability and Side A insurance.
Ann has worked in the Professional & Financial Risks sector since 2001 and has been with LIU since 2005. She has predominantly worked in the Australian region with some exposure to the Asian regions. In addition to her focus on underwriting, prior to her appointment to the current role, she managed one of the largest Professional & Financial Risks portfolios and underwriting teams in Australia.
Ann has a Bachelor of Commerce in finance, risk and insurance and she maintains a long-standing interest in workplace mentoring and training.
Casualty Asia Pacific
Noel manages the LIU Casualty Division in the Asia Pacific.
Noel has over 30 years of Casualty insurance experience, is a member of LIU’s regional executive management team, and is Chief Underwriting Officer, Global Casualty.
Noel has helped position LIU as a leading market in the Asia Pacific region, working with international and regional brokers to deliver solutions for a wide range of diverse clients.
Noel is a sought after industry commentator, regularly speaking on Casualty and other insurance issues to industry bodies and professional associations.
Claims and Technology, Strategy and Change Management
Vanessa manages the Claims, Technology and the Strategy and Change Management Divisions for the Asia Pacific Region
Vanessa has been handling claims since 1995 and has managed a range of claims including Professional Indemnity, Directors’ & Officers’ Liability, Bankers’ Blanket Bond, Compulsory Third Party, Public and Products Liability, Property, Marine, Engineering and Crisis Management claims.
She joined LIU in 2001 and since that time has held a number of positions within LIU, including Vice President Claims and Legal Counsel for LIU’s Asia Pacific operations. Since joining LIU she has also participated in policy wording development on a cross lines basis.
In 2012 Vanessa was appointed Senior Vice President Claims and Technology for the Asia Pacific Region.
Prior to joining LIU Vanessa worked at a number of Australian insurers. This gave Vanessa exposure to a wide range of products, wordings and claims sizes. Vanessa has handled claims in jurisdictions throughout Australia and Asia.
Vanessa is legally qualified.
Responsible for the leadership of the Human Resources Division across Asia Pacific.
Damien leads all areas of LIU’s Human Resources activities including recruitment, compensation and benefits, training and development, communication and culture initiatives as well as developing, implementing and coordinating HR policies and programs that support the business strategy.
Damien has a Bachelor of Commerce and over 20 years' experience in the human resources profession across a number of industries including insurance, pharmaceuticals, accountancy, law, finance and the not for profit sector.