Headed by Mike Abdallah in Sydney, the LIU Asia Pacific team is experienced and knowledgeable. Their focus is always on providing the resources, people and products that help you protect your business and your people.
LIU's focus on global specialist lines enables us to provide a broad range of insurance solutions, with a capability to manage complex risks. Our integrated business teams ensure that underwriting, claims and risk management are client focused and add an extra level of safety, security and value to every policy we underwrite.
Our experienced people provide specialist solutions by addressing specific client needs.
Claims and Technology, Strategy and Change Management
Vanessa manages the Claims, Technology and the Strategy and Change Management Divisions for the Asia Pacific Region
Vanessa has been handling claims since 1995 and has managed a range of claims including Professional Indemnity, Directors’ & Officers’ Liability, Bankers’ Blanket Bond, Compulsory Third Party, Public and Products Liability, Property, Marine, Engineering and Crisis Management claims.
She joined LIU in 2001 and since that time has held a number of positions within LIU, including Vice President Claims and Legal Counsel for LIU’s Asia Pacific operations. Since joining LIU she has also participated in policy wording development on a cross lines basis.
In 2012 Vanessa was appointed Senior Vice President Claims and Technology for the Asia Pacific Region.
Prior to joining LIU Vanessa worked at a number of Australian insurers. This gave Vanessa exposure to a wide range of products, wordings and claims sizes. Vanessa has handled claims in jurisdictions throughout Australia and Asia.
Vanessa is legally qualified.
Michael Abdallah is the President & Managing Director of LIU Asia Pacific, and has global product line responsibility for LIU’s Energy, Marine and Construction business.
Mike joined LIU in New York in 1999 and led the successful re-underwriting of the acquired Albany Insurance Company, which helped kick-start LIU’s US operations.
Prior to LIU, Mike was President of Navigators in New York, and before that spent 25 years with CIGNA in various international locations.
During the last 25 years, Mike has worked in Tokyo, Philadelphia, London, New York and Sydney, and directed both regional and global operations.
Paul is the head of the Australian Marine Division as well as a senior member of the LIU Global Marine Team.
Paul started with LIU in 2003 and has over 30 years of experience in Marine insurance, having held Marine Management roles with leading multinational insurance companies in Australia and the US.
His experience also includes involvement in Asian and Latin American markets.
Paul has developed LIU’s business appetite in our chosen Marine Segments of General Cargo, Project Cargo [Profits Insurance], Primary & Excess Marine Liabilities, Construction of Vessels and Commercial Hull insurance.
Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President Asia Pacific & NSW Branch Manager
John McCabe is responsible for the strategic direction of LIU’s Asia Pacific offices, overseeing risk management, capital efficiency, structure, new business and mergers and acquisitions. John is also managing the New South Wales branch activity including overseeing all underwriting, claims and risk management activity.
John’s experience includes over 15 years in insurance and 13 years in public practice accounting. Prior to his current role, John was global Chief Risk Officer in Liberty Mutual’s Boston head office.
John is a Certified Insurance Professional and a Fellow of ANZIIF. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Economics.
Responsible for the leadership of the Human Resources Division across Asia Pacific.
Damien leads all areas of LIU’s Human Resources activities including recruitment, compensation and benefits, training and development, communication and culture initiatives as well as developing, implementing and coordinating HR policies and programs that support the business strategy.
Damien has a Bachelor of Commerce and over 20 years' experience in the human resources profession across a number of industries including insurance, pharmaceuticals, accountancy, law, finance and the not for profit sector.
Energy & Construction
Alan is responsible for LIU’s Energy and Construction Division business in Asia and is global Chief Underwriting Officer for the Construction product line.
Alan has over 40 years' experience in underwriting and management in the U.K., U.S. and Australia. Over the past 20 years he has focused exclusively on Energy and Construction in the Asia Pacific region and has developed extensive relationships with key producers, ceding companies and clients.
Alan is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute of the U.K.