Hiscox London Market builds on-the-ground presence in Brazil

London (7th July 2014) – Specialist global insurer Hiscox has appointed Simon Zelenoy to develop its London Market business in Brazil.

In this business development role, Simon will be responsible for finding attractive new opportunities in core lines of business for Hiscox such as marine and energy, property, contingency and fine art.  All leads will be referred back for underwriting through Lloyd’s in London.  Based in Lloyd’s representative office in Rio, Simon will report to Hiscox London Market Upstream Energy Line Underwriter, Carl Day.

Simon brings 22 years of insurance and reinsurance experience to Hiscox, having worked as an underwriter, a broker and a risk manager within the oil and gas and power utility industries.  This diverse experience means he knows not only what the buyer wants but also what the underwriter needs.  He joins Hiscox from Argo Syndicate in Brazil where he spent two years as director, but has also worked for Willis as director of their treaty division, JLT, Heath Lambert and Aon. 

Carl commented: “Simon’s appointment is an important step for us as a business as it will provide us with increased access to an attractive market.  Simon’s contact base will lead to good opportunities matched against our appetite across identified key classes. We are both keen to start building a bigger Brazilian book right away.”

Simon added: “This is the first time that Hiscox London Market has had on-the-ground representation in Brazil, so I look forward to introducing my insurance and reinsurance contacts to Hiscox’s expert underwriting and focus on excellent customer service.”

Simon’s career history


  • Director at Argo Syndicate, Brazil – 2012-2014
  • Risk Manager at HRT Oil and Gas, Brazil – 2010-2012
  • Director of the Treaty division at Willis, Brazil – 2008-2010
  • Director at JLT, Brazil – 2004-2008
  • Reinsurance Manager for Facultative and Treaty at Heath Lambert – 2002-2004
  • Risk Manager at Light Serviços de Eletricidade S.A., Brazil – 2001-2002
  • Accident and Health Manager at Aon, Brazil – 1992-2001



For further information please contact:


Hiscox Ltd

Lucy Hensher                        +44 (0) 20 7448 6619                      [email protected]


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About Hiscox


Hiscox, the international specialist insurer, is headquartered in Bermuda and listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:HSX). There are three main underwriting divisions in the Group - Hiscox London Market, Hiscox Re and Hiscox Retail (which includes Hiscox UK and Europe, Hiscox Guernsey, Hiscox USA and subsidiary brand, DirectAsia). Hiscox underwrites internationally traded, bigger ticket business and reinsurance through Hiscox Re and Hiscox London Market. Through its retail businesses in the UK, Europe and the US Hiscox offers a range of specialist insurance for professionals and business customers, as well as homeowners.

For further information visit www.hiscoxgroup.com.

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