Leadership
Steve Horton
Steve Horton

Steve is the Chief Executive Officer at Iron-Starr Excess Agency Ltd. (“Iron-Starr”). Steve joined the Ironshore group from AIG CAT Excess, where he was a Financial Lines Underwriter. After joining Ironshore’s Lloyd’s platform, Pembroke Managing Agency Limited, Steve worked as a primary financial institutions underwriter before transferring to Iron-Starr in 2010. At Iron-Starr, Steve was initially charged with growing our international business, before being promoted to the financial lines manager. Steve holds a B.A. (Hons) from The University of Westminster and recently completed the Harvard Business School Program for Leadership Development.

Eric Kittleson
Eric Kittleson

Eric currently serves as Chief Underwriting Officer and joined Iron-Starr Excess Agency Ltd. in 2009 as SVP, Excess Casualty Manager with responsiblity for building the Excess Casualty business portfolio of the agency. Eric is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter and previously served as Senior Vice President, Underwriting Manager for AIG Cat Excess Liability in Bermuda where he was responsible for the company's portfolio of occurrence, occurrence reported and claims-made accounts for complex corporate risks. Eric holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), as well as an Associate in Claims (AIC) designations and graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Business with degree in Risk Management and Insurance.

Liam Jones
Liam Jones
Financial Lines & Healthcare Manager

liam.jones@ironstarrexcess.com
tel: (441) 279-7030

Liam is the Vice President, Financial Lines Manager at Iron-Starr Excess Agency Ltd. (Iron-Starr). Liam is responsible for all Financial Lines at Iron-Starr including E&O, FI, D&O, Cyber, EPL, Transactional Liability, Tax and Contingent/Special Risk as well as all Healthcare lines.

He joined the group in 2014 from Navigators Syndicate 1221 at Lloyd’s where he focused on their Primary Financial Lines strategies.

Chen Foley
Chen Foley
Vice President, Claims Manager & Coverage Counsel

chen.foley@ironstarrexcess.com
tel: (441) 279-7012

Chen Foley is Vice President, Claims Manager and Coverage Counsel at Iron-Starr Excess Agency Ltd. Chen is an experienced attorney having qualified as a barrister in England and then in Bermuda. He has previously advised insurers, reinsurers and commercial clients on matters relating to insurance coverage and dispute resolution in both London and Bermuda. Chen was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and earned his Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at Queen Mary College, London, England. He completed the Bar Vocational training at BPP Law School, also in London, and was called to the Bar of England & Wales at the Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn.

Larry Engrissei
Larry Engrissei
Senior Vice President, Director of Claims

larry.engrissei@ironstarrexcess.com
tel: (441) 279-7021

Larry, who joined Iron-Starr Excess Agency Ltd. in January 2010, is Senior Vice President, Director of Claims and has over 36 years experience in litigation and claims management. Previously he was Vice President - Division Counsel, Financial Lines and Punitive Damages at Chartis Excess Limited with responsibility for claims and coverage in Bermuda, the U.S. and U.K. Prior thereto Larry was a member of Staff Counsel for AIG, Inc. for 16 years serving as Managing Attorney, Senior Litigation Specialist, and Senior Trial Attorney in the U.S. Larry commenced his legal career in private practice in 1978 as a trial attorney. During his litigation career he served as lead counsel in thousands of litigated matters involving a variety of common/complex coverage and primary/excess exposures, with more than 125 jury trial verdicts to his credit. Litigation practice included: Lawyers, Realtors, Accountants, Engineers, Physician, Psychiatrist and Hospital E&O; Miscellaneous Professional Liability, Environmental, Premises Liability, Product Liability and Transportation. He completed his Juris Doctorate at Rutgers University with a concentration in International Relations after receiving a B.S. in Political Science with a minor in Economics from Western Illinois University.

Mitch Blaser
Mitch Blaser
Chief Transformational Officer

mitch.blaser@ironshore.com
tel: (441) 279-7000

Mitch is Chief Transformational Officer of Iron-Starr Excess Agency Ltd. He previously served as Vice Chairman of Ironshore Inc., Chief Executive Officer of Ironshore's Bermuda office, and Chief Executive Officer of Iron-Starr Excess Agency Ltd. Prior to joining Ironshore, Mitch was Chief Financial Officer for Swiss Re's Americas Division from 2001 through 2005 and served as a director of Swiss Re America. Prior to Swiss Re, he was part of the leadership team at Marsh, the insurance services subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, and served in a variety of roles from 1973 until 2001 including Global Chief Financial Officer and Head of Technology and Corporate Services, as well as a member of the Marsh Board of Directors. Mitch chairs the Advisory Board at The George Washington University School of Business. He holds a B.B.A. from The George Washington University and an M.B.A. in Finance from Pace University.

Susan Pateras
Susan Pateras

Susan Pateras is COO of Ironshore, Bermuda and is responsible for business development on behalf of all Bermuda profit centers, driving strategic directives across the group, coordinating operational functions, Cross Sell Initiatives with Liberty Mutual as well as managing collaboration with broker partners and other key stakeholders for Ironshore Bermuda. She also remains as Head of Iron-Starr’s Healthcare Practice, overseeing ongoing initiatives and business development.

Susan joined Iron-Starr Excess Agency Ltd. in April 2013 and has over 22 years of experience in the Healthcare Industry in London, New York and Bermuda. Prior to joining Iron-Starr she served as a Senior Vice President at Integro Bermuda Ltd., where she developed Integro's Bermuda Healthcare strategy as well as coordinated global placements with U.S., London, and Europe participation. Susan has specialized knowledge of university teaching facilities, specialty pediatric hospitals, managed care organizations, long term care, integrated delivery systems, physician group practices, and other healthcare risks. Prior to joining Integro, Susan served as a Senior Vice President with Willis Bermuda Ltd. and also served as a Vice President in Marsh New York's Global Broking Healthcare Unit. Susan started her underwriting career with Zurich and St. Paul Insurance Companies.

Susan is a graduate of Temple University with a BA in Risk Management Insurance and Business Law.

Ian Smith
Ian Smith
SVP, Head of Bermuda Property

ian.smith@ironshore.com
tel: (441) 279-8348

Mr. Smith joined Ironshore in 2013 as Vice President/Property Underwriter and brings over 15 years of Industry experience in both the Underwriting and Brokerage arenas.

Prior to joining Ironshore, Mr. Smith spent 5 years with Arch Insurance (Bermuda) where he underwrote the Technical Risk book which included both Energy and International Property account. His professional career also includes a tenure at XL Insurance (Bermuda) Ltd. Energy department where he underwrote and maintained a portfolio of US Energy Accounts.

Ian holds a BA (Hons) in Business Studies from the Hull Business School at the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside, England.