Delwinds Insurance Acquisition Corp.
- Insurance, Technology
Andrew J. Poole, our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman since inception, has over 16 years of diversified investment experience. Mr. Poole was the Chief Investment Officer of Tiberius, a blank check company which went public in March 2018 with $174.225 million held in trust and which consummated its initial business combination with International General Insurance Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq: IGIC), or “IGI”, an international specialty insurance and reinsurance group registered in Bermuda, in March 2020 under very challenging market conditions. Upon the closing of Tiberius’ business combination, Mr. Poole joined the board of IGI. Concurrently, since 2015, he has been and remains an investment consultant at The Gray Insurance Company. Mr. Poole’s most recent role prior to joining Tiberius and The Gray Insurance Company was as Partner and Portfolio Manager at Scoria Capital Partners, LP, a long/short equity hedge fund, where he managed a portion of the firm’s capital including insurance sector investments from 2013 to 2015. Prior to Scoria, Mr. Poole held various positions at Diamondback Capital Management from 2005 to 2012 (including Portfolio Manager from 2011 onwards) and SAC Capital from 2004 to 2005, both of which are multi-strategy multi-manager cross capital structure long/short hedge funds. Earlier, Mr. Poole started his career at Swiss Re (SIX: SREN) working in facultative property placements in 2003 and was on the board of Family Security, a personal lines insurance company, from 2013 to 2015 prior to the sale of the company to United Insurance Holdings Corporation (Nasdaq: UIHC). Mr. Poole is a graduate of The George Washington University. We believe Mr. Poole is qualified to serve on the board due to his background in blank check companies and investment management of insurance investments, as well as his extensive public company insurance valuation expertise, deep knowledge of, and connections in, the insurance industry and his ability to lead efforts in sourcing, assessing, closing on and enhancing shareholder value for a target company while guiding public company ongoing needs.
Bryce Quin, CPA, our Chief Financial Officer and Secretary since inception, has over 15 years of diversified operational experience in the insurance industry. Mr. Quin was the Chief Financial Officer of Tiberius from its initial public offering through the consummation of its initial business combination with IGI. Concurrently, he served as a Process Improvement Specialist for The Gray Insurance Company, a subsidiary of Gray & Company, where he started his career in 2003 and obtained his CPA designation. From 2012 to 2016, he was Accounting Manager for The Gray Insurance Company working as a direct report to the CFO and Treasurer and prior to that he held various roles of increasing responsibility. From 2003-2007, Mr. Quin was Accountant and Systems Administrator for Delta Title, a subsidiary of Gray & Company. He has been a member of the Gray & Company Investment Committee since its inception in 2013. As a result, Mr. Quin has experience analyzing investment opportunities in the insurance industry, the oil and gas sector, and commercial property development. Mr. Quin is a current member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Quin is a graduate of the University of New Orleans where he also earned a Master of Business Administration.
Michael T. Gray, one of our directors as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part, has over 30 years of leadership experience in the insurance industry. He was the Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tiberius since its inception in 2016 and has served as a director of IGI since March 2020. He is the principal executive and President of The Gray Insurance Company. Mr. Gray became President of The Gray Insurance Company in 1996. In addition to his role at The Gray Insurance Company, Mr. Gray is Chairman of the Board of the Louisiana Insurance Guaranty Association since 2008 (and was a director since 1995), director of the American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCI) since 2019 (and was director of the predecessor organizations American Insurance Association since 2011 and Property Casualty Insurers Association of America since 2010), director of the Tulane University Family Business Center Advisory Council since 2008 and, from 1999 to 2003, served on the board of directors of Argo Group International Holdings (NYSE:ARGO), a global property and casualty, specialty insurance, and reinsurance products provider. Mr. Gray was the Chairman of the Board of Family Security, a personal lines insurance company, in which The Gray Insurance Company held an ownership interest from 2013 to 2015. This culminated in the sale of the company, which Mr. Gray led, to United Insurance Holdings Corporation (Nasdaq: UIHC). The parent of The Gray Insurance Company, Gray & Company, has acquired or developed several businesses under Mr. Gray’s guidance, including title insurance, casualty and surety insurance, oil production and exploration facilities, technology development and real estate. Mr. Gray earned a Master of Business Administration from Tulane University and is a graduate of Southern Methodist University. We believe Mr. Gray is qualified to serve on our board due to his background in blank check companies, leadership credentials, operational experience, deep knowledge of, and connections in, the insurance industry, and his ability to add to efforts in sourcing, assessing, closing on and enhancing shareholder value for a target company in the insurance sector.
Senator E. Benjamin Nelson, one of our directors as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part, is an American businessman, lawyer and politician with over 50 years of insurance, regulatory, government and leadership experience. He was a non-executive director of Tiberius since its inception. Since 2019, Senator Nelson has been Chief Executive Officer and member of the Advisory Board of Insurance Care Direct (ICD), a health and life insurance agency, and since 2016, he has been an attorney in private practice and Of Counsel at Lamson Dugan & Murray, LLP (LDM). From 2013 to 2016, Senator Nelson was Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), the U.S. standard setting and regulatory support organization created and governed by the chief insurance regulators from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S territories. From 2001 to 2013, Senator Nelson served two terms representing the State of Nebraska in the U.S. Senate and was a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee. Senator Nelson was instrumental in gaining passage of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), which provided a “backstop” for catastrophic insurance losses resulting from acts of terrorism. From 1990 to 1998, Senator Nelson was Governor of Nebraska where he led the state to eight straight balanced budgets. Senator Nelson has extensive experience in the insurance sector and started his career in insurance law. In addition to his service at the NAIC, he served as Chief Executive Officer of the Central National Insurance Group and was the director of the Nebraska Department of Insurance. Currently, Senator Nelson serves on the Advisory Board of Behlen Manufacturing Corporation, a global manufacturer headquartered in Nebraska, since 2005, as well as a founding board member of the National Strategic Research Institute, a United States Strategic Command sponsored University Affiliated Research Center at the University of Nebraska focused on combating and responding to national security threats, since 2012. Senator Nelson is a graduate of the University of Nebraska where he also earned a Juris Doctorate, as well as a Master of Business Administration. He also received the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Nebraska College of Law and an honorary doctor of letters from the University of Nebraska in 2013. We believe that Senator Nelson is qualified to serve on our board due to his leadership credentials, operational experience, deep knowledge of, and connections in, the insurance industry, extensive experience in insurance law and regulatory matters, and his ability to add to efforts in sourcing, assessing, closing on and enhancing shareholder value for a target company in the insurance sector.
Paul Britton Newhouse (“Britt”), one of our directors as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part, has over 40 years of insurance underwriting, brokerage, operational and public company executive leadership experience. He last served as Chairman of Guy Carpenter & Co. (NYSE: MMC), a leading global risk and reinsurance specialist subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies helping clients with specialized reinsurance broking expertise, strategic advisory services, industry leading analytics and insurtech, from 2008 until 2018. Mr. Newhouse joined Guy Carpenter & Co. in 1979, in the firm’s New York Casualty Treaty Department. He served as President of the Americas broking operations and was a member of the firm’s executive committee. Previously, he headed the U.S. Eastern Region and served as the New York branch manager. In 2015, he became interim Chief Executive Officer of Guy Carpenter & Co.’s U.S. operations. Prior to joining Guy Carpenter & Co., Mr. Newhouse began his career as a marine underwriter with AIG. Currently, Mr. Newhouse is a director of the Brokers & Reinsurance Markets Association and insurtech companies Athenium Analytics, LLC, a risk assessment software provider, since 2019, and BuildPay, LLC, a provider of financial technology allowing insurance companies to leverage their own buying power when settling claims to reduce building time and lower costs, since 2018. Mr. Newhouse is a graduate of Windham College. We believe that Mr. Newhouse is qualified to serve on our board due to his leadership credentials, operational experience, deep knowledge of, and connections in, the insurance industry, extensive experience in insurtech, and his ability to add to efforts in sourcing, assessing, closing on and enhancing shareholder value for a target company in the insurance sector.
Ryan Rugg, one of our directors as of the effective date of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part, has over 18 years of diversified investment, banking and blockchain software experience and possesses an in depth understanding of insurance markets, financial markets and economics. In addition, Ms. Rugg is an advocate for diversity in corporate management positions and its positive correlation with company financial outperformance. Since 2019, Ms. Rugg has been the Global Head of Industry for R3, an enterprise blockchain software firm working with a broad ecosystem of participants across multiple industries from both the private and public sectors to develop blockchain applications on Corda, an open-source blockchain platform, and Corda Enterprise, a commercial version of Corda for enterprise usage. She is responsible for the strategic direction of R3’s key verticals and is helping industry leaders capture the full benefits of blockchain for their businesses. Ms. Rugg joined R3 in 2016 as Head of North America and in 2017 was named Global Head of Insurance, where she launched the Center of Excellence for Insurers and Reinsurers in partnership with ACORD (a non-profit, industry-owned organization that seeks to enable the success of the global insurance industry by leveraging the flow of data and information across all insurance stakeholders through relevant and timely data standards), which accelerated deployment of DLT (distributed ledger technology) solutions at scale within the financial services industry. From 2009 to 2016, she was Executive Director at Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) where she collaborated across multiple facets of the business to develop multi-sector investment approaches for clients which were primarily asset managers and insurers. From 2003 to 2009, Ms. Rugg worked in Fixed Income at JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM). She began her career at Lehman Brothers in 2002 in Technology, experiencing first-hand the inefficiencies in the legacy infrastructure which she is now working to solve. Ms. Rugg is Chair of the Board at Harvest Home, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to local, farm-fresh produce in low-income neighborhoods since 2012. Ms. Rugg is a graduate of The George Washington University. We believe that Ms. Rugg is qualified to serve on our board due to her leadership credentials, operational experience, deep knowledge of, and connections in, the insurance industry, extensive experience in insurtech, and her ability to add to efforts in sourcing, assessing, closing on and enhancing shareholder value for a target company in the insurance sector.
Dominic J. Addesso, CPA has over 40 years of insurance underwriting, brokerage, financial analysis, operational and S&P 500 public company executive leadership and governance experience. Since 2020, Mr. Addesso has been Non-Executive Chairman of BMS Group, or BMS, an independent global brokerage providing specialist insurance, reinsurance and capital markets advisory services. His most recent role prior to BMS was President and Chief Executive Officer of Everest Re Group, Ltd. (NYSE: RE), or Everest, 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 and a component of the S&P 500 index. Previously, Mr. Addesso joined the Everest board of directors and assumed the duties as President of Everest, leading group operations, after serving as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to this, Mr. Addesso held various leadership roles at Munich Re America (XETRA: MUV2), including President of US Treaty and President of Regional Clients. Mr. Addesso began his insurance career at Selective Insurance Group Inc. (Nasdaq: SIGI) and served as its Chief Financial Officer. He started his career at KPMG where he obtained a CPA designation. Mr. Addesso is a current member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Addesso is a graduate of The University of Notre Dame.
C. Allen Bradley, Jr. has over 30 years of insurance underwriting, legal and public company executive leadership experience. He served as Chairman of the Board of Amerisafe, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMSF) and was, concurrently, Chief Executive Officer. Amerisafe, Inc. is a specialty provider of workers’ compensation insurance focused on small to mid-sized employers engaged in hazardous industries. Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Bradley served as President, director and in various other executive capacities, including General Counsel, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary. He has also managed various departments of the company, including underwriting operations and safety services. Prior to joining Amerisafe, Inc., Mr. Bradley was engaged in the private practice of law. He also served as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives and during his tenure chaired the House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure and the Rural Caucus. Mr. Bradley served as a member of the board of directors of the National Council of Compensation Insurance and is currently a non-executive director of Stewart Information Services Corporation (NYSE: STC). Mr. Bradley is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University with a Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University.
David P. Delaney, Jr. has over 40 years of insurance underwriting, brokerage, operational, venture and private equity investment, executive leadership and governance experience. Mr. Delaney is the Co-Founder and current Chief Executive Officer and director at Lancer Insurance Company, a privately held specialty commercial insurance company operating nationwide. He has held those positions since 1985 and concurrently and since 1982 has served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Lancer Financial Group, Inc. Mr. Delaney started his career at American International Group where he held positions of increasing responsibility. Subsequently, he joined American Re-Insurance Company as an Underwriter and then joined American Risk Management, Inc. (Reiss Group) as Account Executive. Concurrently, Mr. Delaney co-founded and oversaw Delaney Intermediaries, Inc. Mr. Delaney has in the past and currently serves as a director, trustee or advisor to numerous private companies, including Dowling Capital Partners, LLC. Mr. Delaney is a graduate of The United States Merchant Marine Academy and has received that institution’s Outstanding Professional Achievement Award.
Andrew J. McMahon has over 30 years of insurance consulting, underwriting, public company governance, private equity, insurtech and insurance investing and leadership experience. Since 2020, Mr. McMahon has been President and incoming Chief Executive Officer of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, or Guardian, a Fortune 250 mutual company and leading provider of life, disability, dental and other benefits for individuals, at the workplace and through government sponsored programs. Mr. McMahon joined Guardian as Executive Vice President, Strategy and Customer Development. Previously, he founded Vitae Advisors, LLC, an analytics and consulting firm built to exploit the potential power of big data as related to risk assessment and insurance underwriting. Mr. McMahon led several major business segments and strategic transformation initiatives at AXA US, including the AXA Advisors and the Financial Protection business segments before eventually being named President of AXA US and member of the board of directors. Additionally, he previously served as member of the board of directors of AllianceBernstein Holding (NYSE: AB). Earlier in his career, Mr. McMahon was a partner at McKinsey & Company. He began his career at General Electric (NYSE: GE). He is the holder of an insurtech patent for an approach using artificial intelligence (AI) for financial risk assessment and insurance underwriting and has invested, launched and advised several insurtech companies. Currently, Mr. McMahon is a member of the Board of Trustees for Fairfield University and serves as an executive advisor to Gryphon Investors, LLC, a leading private equity firm. He previously served on the board of directors for Phoenix Life Insurance Companies (NYSE: PHX) and the American Council of Life Insurers. Mr. McMahon earned a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University and is a graduate of Fairfield University.