Signal Mutual promotes Justin Gardner to lead as CEO

Signal Mutual, a provider of Longshore benefits in the US, has appointed Justin Gardner as its new Chief Executive Officer, as part of a succession plan that sees him succeed Richard Wood.

Wood will continue to serve in an advisory capacity as a director on Signal’s board and as CEO of Charles Taylor Insurance Management, maintaining oversight of Charles Taylor’s end-to-end management of insurance programs.

Gardner recently served as Signal Mutual’s executive vice president and Chief Underwriting Officer and prior to that was an EVP at Willis Re.

Phil Schellhorn replaces Wood as CUO, while Yvonne Poster joins the firm as Chief Financial Officer.

Schellhorn previously served as vice president of underwriting and member services for Signal Mutual, while Poster comes from AmTrust Financial Services having served as its global head of finance transformation.

“Signal Mutual has enjoyed over 35 years of remarkable success as the leader in the US Longshore market, much attributed to our superb management team,” said Tom Godfrey, Signal Mutual’s chairman.

“The Board is excited to congratulate Justin and Phil on their promotions and welcome Yvonne into her new role as CFO. We also gratefully recognize Richard Wood’s twenty years of brilliant work and dedication on behalf of the Mutual.”

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