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AmTrust has earned a reputation as an innovative, technology-driven provider of insurance products. Now, learn about the individuals who help lead the company’s success.

Barry Zyskind

Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President

Prior to being named one of Forbes’ 20 most successful CEOs under 40 in 2012, Barry Zyskind graduated from the New York University – Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He then started the first leg of his career as an investment banker at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC in New York.

From there, Mr. Zyskind was involved in the founding of AmTrust Financial, at which he held multiple senior management positions, and where today he serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer and President. He also stands as the Officer and Director of many of AmTrust’s wholly-owned subsidiaries. Mr. Zyskind most notably serves as the non-executive Chairman of the Board of the insurance holding company, Maiden Holdings, Ltd.

Read more about Mr. Barry Zyskind

Adam Karkowsky

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Adam Karkowsky on Success

Adam Karkowsky, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, joined the Company in March 2011 as Executive Vice President - Strategic Development and Mergers & Acquisitions. Mr. Karkowsky also serves as an officer and director of several of AmTrust subsidiaries. Previously, Mr. Karkowsky served in various finance and strategy roles in the private equity and insurance industries, including as Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions Insurance Group, at AIG. Mr. Karkowsky began his career as a corporate associate at Katten Muchin Rosenman following his graduation from Georgetown University Law Center in 1999.

Ariel Gorelik

Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Ariel Gorelik on Information Technology

Ariel Gorelik, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer, joined the Company in 2014 as Senior Vice President AmTrust North America operations, and in January 2016 was promoted to Chief Operating Officer of AMT Warranty, one of the Company’s operating subsidiaries in the U.S. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Gorelik held a number of senior operational roles with international property and casualty insurers including Zurich and Allianz.

David H. Saks

Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

David Saks on Empowerment

David H. Saks, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, joined the Company in May 2009. From April 1999 to May 2009, Mr. Saks held a number of positions at American International Group, Inc. (AIG), an insurance company. His responsibilities included overseeing the legal aspects of all of AIG’s domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic investments. In addition, Mr. Saks was responsible for overseeing the legal aspects of AIG’s operations and systems, e-commerce, sourcing and real estate leasing. Mr. Saks began his career at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where he worked from December 1994 through March 1999.

Stephen B. Ungar

Senior Vice President - General Counsel and Secretary

Stephen Ungar on Leadership

Stephen B. Ungar, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, joined the Company in 2001 and has been Secretary since 2005 and General Counsel since 2001. Mr. Ungar also serves as an officer and director of many of our subsidiaries. From 1990 to 2001, Mr. Ungar served as Special Counsel and Managing Attorney with the State of New York Insurance Department Liquidation Bureau. Between 1987 and 1990, Mr. Ungar was an associate at Hendler and Murray and Kroll and Tract in New York. 

Chaya Cooperberg

Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs

Chaya M. Cooperberg, EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, joined the company in July 2016. She oversees the company’s people, corporate communications, and marketing strategies. Prior to joining AmTrust, she led investor relations, corporate communications and corporate affairs for multi-national public companies including Progressive Waste Solutions Ltd., Alderwoods Group, Inc. and Descartes Systems Group. Ms. Cooperberg began her career as a business journalist.


Peter Dewey

Head of International

Peter Dewey, Head of International, joined the Company in 2003. He began his career at the Company serving in various underwriting roles with increasing responsibility in the Company’s specialty risk division, was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of AmTrust at Lloyd’s Limited, a Company subsidiary, in July 2014 and then added the role of Chief Executive Officer of AmTrust Europe Limited, another Company subsidiary, in April 2016.


Jeff Fenster

EVP and Head of North American Specialty Risk

Jeff Fenster, EVP and Head of North American Specialty Risk, joined the Company in 2014. Prior to joining the company, he was Executive Director of the New York Workers’ Compensation Board and also worked as a Litigation Associate for Strook & Strook & Lavan, LP.


Chris Foy

Head of North American P&C

Christopher Foy, Head of North American P&C, joined the Company in June 2016 as President of AmTrust Underwriters Inc., a Company subsidiary, overseeing the Company’s Specialty Program business.  Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Foy was the founder, owner and president of Total Program Management, a managing general agent purchased by the Company in 2016.


Dan Hickey

Chief Underwriting Officer

J. Daniel Hickey, Chief Underwriting Officer, joined the company in July 2017 as Executive Vice President, Business Strategy and Business Development. He oversees the Company’s global underwriting activities, ensuring a consistent and disciplined underwriting approach that is aligned with the Company’s strategic objectives. Prior to joining AmTrust, Mr. Hickey served at PartnerRe, a global reinsurer, as Executive Vice President and Head of the Standard Lines business unit where he had executive leadership, strategic planning and underwriting responsibilities for the unit.


Todd Jaeger

EVP and Chief Investment Officer

Todd A. Jaeger joined AmTrust in 2015 and is Chief Investment Officer responsible for the firm's overall investment portfolio strategy and portfolio risk management. He was previously Head of Structured Products, managing a portfolio of CLO, CMBS, RMBS, and ABS securities for the Company. Mr. Jaeger has more than 20 years' experience in fixed income trading, derivatives, structuring, risk management, and portfolio optimization. Prior to AmTrust, Mr. Jaeger was the Head of CMBS Trading at Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), and Director, Structured Finance Ratings at Standard & Poor's. He was also Managing Director, Financial Products at Chubb Financial Solutions. Mr. Jaeger is a CFA® charterholder, and has an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA.


Andrew Morgan

Chief Claims Officer

Andrew Morgan, Chief Claims Officer, joined the company in August 2017 to oversee claims for AmTrust’s operations in North America. Prior to joining AmTrust, he held a number of senior roles at Liberty Mutual, the last being Vice President of Claims Strategy and Continuous Improvement for their commercial insurance division.

 

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