Power 50: Ones to Watch

Captive Review has named eight industry professionals in its 2020 Ones to Watch list, which includes captive owners, regulators and captive managers.

The Ones to Watch list recognises the individuals that have recently risen to prominence in the industry and that will be looking to make their mark in the years ahead.

Erin Hackett, senior audit manager, Crowe

A senior audit manager at Crowe who works with captives, commercial insurers and risk retention groups, Hackett is an impressive professional who was appointed just last year to CICA’s board. The youngest ever appointee to the board, Hackett has a decade of audit experience in the insurance industry and also chairs CICA’s NextGEN taskforce.

Melvin Findlay, global programmes and captive development manager, AXA XL

Another millennial with the knowledge and talent to get far, Findlay works with AXA XL’s captives and global programmes team. Solving problems for multinational clients every day, he’s also passionate about innovation and the future of the captive industry. A quickly rising star, he will be one to watch out for.

Shruti Vyas, manager insurance, SES Satellites

The insurance manager at multi-billion dollar communications company SES Satellites, Vyas is a captive owner for an exciting and expanding organisation. With the new space race heating up and space tourism becoming the hot ticket, Vyas is on the cutting edge of captive insurance. Based in Luxembourg, she still manages to attend conferences across Europe and graciously give her time to speak.

Ian Davis, director of financial services, State of Vermont

After only a couple of years at the State of Vermont, Davis has effectively become the face of the regulator, engaging the US and international captive industry with charm and skill. Projects such as trade missions to Mexico and travelling to events in Europe have meant that Vermont remains not only the largest domicile but the most innovative. Davis continues to be one of the names everyone knows.

Alex Gedge, business development and captives executive, Marsh

Having previously been at Willis Towers Watson, JLT and now Marsh since the merger, Gedge is well known to not just the European captives industry, but the global one. Often writing and speaking on emerging issues and hot topics in the captive industry, she will continue to be seen as authoritative voice this year.

Kelvin Wu, group assistant general manager, risk management and insurance, International SOS

As the Asian captives industry gathers more attention, Wu and International SOS are looking to become key players in the global scene. This can be seen in his frequent travels to international conferences across Asia, Europe and now the US. Wu, who is also a board member of the Pan-Asian Risk and Insurance Management Association (PARIMA), will certainly be making his presence felt in the year to come.

Karen Hsi, program manager, University of California

With an impressive resume so soon into her career, Hsi is certainly one to watch. Working for the University of California, she has two captives and a risk retention group under her management,  and also plays a part in the strategic side of the larger captive program. With University of California having such a large captive program, the sky seems to be the limit for Hsi and she will be a name to watch in 2020 and beyond.

Prabal Lakhanpal, vice president, Spring Consulting Group

With specialities that include employee benefits and cell captives, two current hot topics, Spring Consulting Group is on the money with their work in the industry. Lakhanpal is an emerging talent in the organisation, often writing blogs on topics for them and speaking at conferences. Especially an expert on employee benefits, he will continue to grow in prominence.