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Accounting, Finance & Audit Talent Search for Insurance Companies

Chief Financial Officer, Workers Comp Liability and Excess Lines Carrier

The Company/The Situation
  • The Client is a privately held carrier that writes professional/general liability, workers comp and excess lines.
  • Carrier is growing i AR_ES_rgb.jpg n excess of 15% year over year and writes business mainly in the health-care sector.
  • This mid-sized carrier has been listed as one of the “Best Places to Work” in its state.
  • The CEO has a need for a strong CFO who will not only be a strong finance partner but who will also be a strong operations and business partner (hence the title).
The Challenge
  • The challenge is to identify a candidate who has been deeply embedded in a mid-sized carrier, who has had meaningful involvement with actuarial, underwriting, claims etc., and who has a strong GAAP and treasury background.
  • The CEO’s strategic vision should be supported, so there is a need to identify a candidate with a track record of partnering with his/her CEO.
  • The candidate should be able to create and translate all the key performance indicators into understandable, actionable data EPS that the CEO can use to support strategic decisions.
The Choice
  • The Client had a relationship with a search firm whose practice is insurance but whose focus is deeper on the operational side. ARExecutiveSearch and this other search firm also had a relationship for a number of years.
  • Because the focus of this search was deeper finance, the other search firm, aware of ARExecutiveSearch’s solid track record and focus in finance, reached out and asked for some help.
  • Meetings were set up and an introduction to the Client was made.
  • ARExecutiveSearch shared with the Client its focus and approach. The search assignment was initiated.
The Approach
  • ARExecutiveSearch reached out to its robust network of CFO contacts in a 10-state area.
  • A handful of contacts expressed an interest in potential y relocating to the geographic area where the role would be located.
  • ARExecutiveSearch received a handful of quality referrals on this search from its network including 2 candidates who had previous ties to the area.
  • A number of candidates were interviewed with an eye towards developing a slate of 5 candidates.
  • A slate of 4 strong candidates was developed and presented.
The Selection and Solution
  • Initial phone conversations were initiated; 3 candidates were selected to be flown into the area.
  • Face to Face interviews took place; All conversations went well; There was a strong interest in one candidate in particular.
  • The candidate had former ties to the area, but the family wasn’t familiar; The family was flown down to get to know the area. Everyone was comfortable; The family was connected with a local real estate agent.
  • Salary negotiations started; Offer was formerly extended; acceptance and start date set.
  • The Client is growing, the candidate is doing a great job supporting the CEO and the family is happy!

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We take pride in working with the best candidates who have Industry, Big-4 and significant finance experience from some of the best companies around.

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