Liberty Specialty Markets (LSM) has appointed PartnerRe’s Valérie Baucher to the newly created role of underwriting manager for affinity and program business for Europe.

Valérie Baucher – Liberty Specialty Markets

Paris-based Baucher will be responsible for underwriting performance and governance for LSM’s new affinity and program business model and is tasked with developing the model across alternative distribution channels in Europe.

She reports to Pierre-Édouard Fraigneau, chief underwriting officer for Europe, and Kerry Mckay, head of client and distribution for Europe. Baucher joins with immediate effect and is based in LSM’s Paris office.

Baucher joins from PartnerRe, where she was most recently EMEA underwriting manager for financial lines.

Before that she was head for France for PartnerRe Wholesale. She has significant experience in casualty and financial lines underwriting.

Kadidja Sinz, head of Europe at LSM, welcomed Baucher to the team and said her knowledge and expertise will be a “considerable asset” to its European business.

“This role was created to take advantage of the growing impact technology and data are having on insurance transactions,” Sinz said.

“Her role will strengthen our focus on profitable and sustainable growth across Continental Europe and further supports our strategy to develop new distribution capabilities for our products, solutions and services to our broker partners.”