HDI Global to promote Alex Tarantino to Singapore MD, with Silton set to retire

Graham Silton, who has more than 40 years in the industry and joined HDI in 2017, is set to retire mid-year.

HDI Global SE has announced the appointment of Alex Tarantino as its new Managing Director for Singapore and APAC Liability Head, effective from 1 July 2024. He will succeed Graham Silton, who has been with HDI since May 2015 and is set to retire after more than 40 years in the industry.

Tarantino joined HDI Global SE in 2019 and has over two decades of international underwriting experience, including time at Zurich, Pen Underwriting, and QBE. He will be promoted from his current role of Regional Underwriting Manager, Liability and Cyber for Asia Pacific.

David Hullin, a board member of HDI Global, commented on the change, “We’re delighted to see this transition of strong leadership from Graham Silton to Alex Tarantino, who we entrust to continue to grow our brand and become a leading corporate insurer in the region.”

Stefan Feldmann, Head of HDI Global Asia Pacific and MD for HDI Global Australia, added, “Alex is a highly experienced underwriter with strong technical expertise in steering profitable portfolio growth.”

We’re delighted to see this transition of strong leadership from Graham Silton to Alex Tarantino, who we entrust to continue to grow our brand and become a leading corporate insurer in the region.

David Hullin

Board Member of HDI Global

In its company announcement, HDI paid tribute to the outgoing Silton, who initially joined the team in Australia in 2015 to lead its property portfolio growth before he was appointed head of the Singapore office in 2017.

Hullin said, “Graham is an outstanding leader who has made a significant contribution to our business, first here in Australia and over the last seven years as a leader in Singapore, expanding our HDI reach in the growth regions of the ASEAN.”

Feldmann added, “Graham’s dedication to our staff, brokers, customers and ensuring financial success for HDI has set a high standard for those who will follow in his footsteps. He will be missed by colleagues who all have the deepest appreciation for the value he added to so many individuals and our larger business.”

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