In her new role, she will report to LSM chief underwriting officer Rachel Conran

Liberty Specialty Markets (LSM) has announced the promotion of Melanie O’Neill to the role of chief underwriting officer (London). She is based in London and takes up the role with immediate effect. 

In her new role, O’Neill be responsible for setting and delivering the underwriting strategy and annual underwriting plan for LSM’s London-based Commercial and Specialty business.

Previously Chief Underwriting Officer, Commercial, she assumes responsibility for the Specialty business from Mike Gosselin, who was recently appointed Global Leader, Energy & Transition Risk within Liberty Mutual’s Global Risk Solutions division.

In her new role, O’Neill will report to LSM chief underwriting officer Rachel Conran. 

“[O’Neill] has contributed exceptional underwriting expertise and strong leadership and will be able to build on her excellent track record in her new role. This move will allow us to continue to deliver exceptional value and service to our broking partners and coverholders.” said Conran.

O’Neill has held a succession of roles at LSM, having joined in 2003 as senior underwriter before progressing to head of Professional Lines. She began her insurance career working for broker Nelson, Hurst & Marsh, which became part of Lockton.