San Francisco, December 8th 2020 – GCube Insurance Services, the leading insurer for renewable energy projects, has appointed Landis Knorr to the position of Senior Underwriter in its US team. This latest hire comes as GCube plans to expand its new and existing business throughout North America in 2021.
Based in San Francisco, Knorr will support GCube’s Newport Beach and New York teams underwriting large-scale solar and onshore wind projects across the US and Canada. He will report to Brian Tyluki, Senior Vice President and Senior Underwriter, who heads up North American Underwriting.
GCube has continued to build its team as it helps asset owners manage their exposure to a changing risk landscape in the US, encompassing a growing severity of Natural Catastrophe (Nat Cat) losses, as well as ongoing supply chain and cost reduction pressures in wind and solar.
Investment in experienced personnel, alongside sustainable approaches to underwriting new business, have been essential in this market environment, while GCube has also focused on building its risk modelling capabilities for Nat Cat since its acquisition by Tokio Marine HCC in June.
Knorr brings 18 years of property casualty insurance experience to the team, including underwriting, managing and brokering across numerous lines. Before joining GCube, Knorr was a commercial energy regional manager for Chubb, where he serviced renewable power, traditional power and mining clients in the pacific region. He previously managed the environmental risk underwriting team for Chubb’s northwest region.
Tyluki said: “We’re very pleased to welcome Landis on board as we prepare for a busy year ahead supporting the expansion of renewables across North America. There’s no doubt that the risk profile for construction and operation of wind and solar in the market is becoming increasingly complex, but by continuously investing in our team and capabilities, we’re positioning ourselves strongly to meet this challenge.”
Knorr added: “It’s an exciting time to join GCube as it goes from strength to strength. The insurance sector has a critical role to play as the US energy market undergoes a fundamental transition. Collectively, we need to draw on our knowledge and experience of market risks to provide a sustainable insurance offering and ensure the industry can navigate a critical moment in its growth.”
Knorr is GCube’s third hire in the US in recent weeks, following the appointments of Underwriting Assistants Devon Krajacic and Matthew Pampin to the Newport Beach and New York offices, respectively. Further new hires are planned for 2021 as GCube aims to grow its book under Tokio Marine HCC, while continuing to provide the highest levels of service to its clients and brokers.