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Tim Whisler
Head of Western World
Bob Eells
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Gerald Ayash
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Gerald Ayash serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Western World Insurance Company. The Western World Insurance companies specialize in Commercial General Liability, Professional Liability, Commercial Property and Commercial Auto insurance coverages. The Group carries the A (Excellent) rating from A.M. Best Company, and in 2014 had revenues of $317million, assets of $1.5 billion and shareholders’ equity of $704 million. The Western World group of companies became a fully-owned subsidiary of Validus Holdings, Ltd. in 2014. Mr. Ayash began his career in the insurance industry as an accountant with the reinsurance division of Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company in 1990. In 1993 his division was sold to Hanover Insurance Company where he served as a senior accountant until his departure to Western World in 1996. Mr. Ayash joined Western World as a senior accountant and was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility in accounting before being named an officer of the Company in 2006. Mr. Ayash was named to his current position as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer in 2015. He holds a BS in Finance from the University of Maine and an MBA, concentrating in accounting, from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Ayash also holds an Associate in Reinsurance designation and completed the NAPSLO’s Executive Training Program at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in 2013. Additionally, Mr. Ayash is an active participant in the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI). He serves on two PCI committees: the Financial Issues Committee and the Accounting Sub-Committee.
Lisa Rosa
Executive Vice President, General Counsel
Lisa Rosa serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Western World Insurance Company. The Western World Insurance companies specialize in Commercial General Liability, Professional Liability, Commercial Property and Commercial Auto insurance coverages. The Group carries the A (Excellent) rating from A.M. Best Company, and in 2014 had revenues of $317million, assets of $1.5 billion and shareholders’ equity of $704 million. The Western World group of companies became a fully-owned subsidiary of Validus Holdings, Ltd. in 2014. Ms. Rosa joined Western World in 2006 as Vice President, Claims, was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2011, and to General Counsel in 2015. Prior to joining Western World, Ms. Rosa was Senior Vice President, Claims at Selective Insurance in Branchville, NJ where she was responsible for all aspects of the company's claims operations, including its General Liability, Auto, Property, Workers Compensation, Environmental and Professional Liability lines of business. Ms. Rosa received her BA in History from Vassar College in 1981 and her JD from Rutgers University School of Law, Camden in 1984. She is admitted to both the New Jersey and Connecticut Bar Associations. She is a member of the International Association of Claims Professionals and attended the National Association of Professional Surplus Lines Offices (NAPSLO) Executive Leadership School at the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business in 2012.
Paul Ruddle
Vice President, Head of Information Technology
Shirley Kapnis
Vice President, Human Resources