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 this 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.
His successes at these positions have allowed him to achieve recognition for both himself as well as AmTrust Financial. In 2012, AmTrust was featured in Forbes’ Top 100 Fastest-Growing Companies list under the leadership of Mr. Zyskind. In 2014, Mr. Zyskind was again featured in Forbes when they listed AmTrust Financial in that year’s Best Managed Companies list.
In 2016, Mr. Zyskind was appointed the non-executive Chairman of the Board of directors of National General Holdings Corp. He also has been a Director of American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, and has served on the board at Leap Tide Capital Management, Inc.
Adam Karkowsky, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Adam Karkowsky, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer- Strategic Development and Mergers & Acquisitions, joined the Company in March 2011. Mr. Karkowsky also serves as an officer and director of several of our subsidiaries. From June 2009 to March 2011, Mr. Karkowsky was a mergers and acquisitions, insurance and business development consultant. From October 2005 to June 2009, Mr. Karkowsky served as President and Portfolio Manager for Hudson Equity Partners, a venture capital firm, and Chief Executive Officer of UPRS Group, LLC, an asset recovery company.
Max G. Caviet, CEO of AmTrust International Limited
Max G. Caviet joined the Company in January 2003 as President of AmTrust International Insurance Limited from 2003 through 2015. From 2010 to 2015, Mr. Caviet also was Chief Executive Officer of AmTrust Europe, Ltd., and is now Chief Executive Officer of AmTrust International Limited. Mr. Caviet also serves as an officer and director of several of our subsidiaries. From 1994 to 2003, Mr. Caviet was Engineering and Underwriting Manager with Trenwick International Limited. From 1990 to 1994, Mr. Caviet was with Crowe Underwriting Agency Ltd. as its Engineering and Extended Warranty Underwriter. In 1982, Mr. Caviet joined CIGNA Insurance Company of North America (UK) Ltd. as a Senior Underwriter for Special Risks and was promoted to Engineering and Underwriting Manager. Between 1972 and 1982, Mr. Caviet was an underwriter and team leader, specializing in engineering risks, at British Engine Insurance Company.
Christopher M. Longo, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Information Officer
Christopher M. Longo, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Information Officer, joined the Company in 2001 and has been Chief Operating Officer since 2016 and Chief Information Officer since 2006. Previous to his employment with the Company, Mr. Longo performed a number of functions with Credit General Insurance Company including as a commercial lines underwriter, actuarial analyst and regulatory compliance officer.
David H. Saks, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer
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.
Michael J. Saxon, Executive Vice President - U.S. Commercial Lines
Michael J. Saxon, Executive Vice President - U.S. Commercial Lines, joined the Company in 2001 and served as Chief Operating Officer from 2005-2016. Prior to joining the Company, he was Chief Claims Officer for Credit General Insurance Company, a property and casualty insurer. In 1984, Mr. Saxon began his career at Liberty Mutual, an insurance company. Thereafter, Mr. Saxon joined Progressive Insurance Company, where he held successively more responsible management positions in the Claims Department over an eight-year period.
Stephen B. Ungar, Senior Vice President - General Counsel and Secretary
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.