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When MAI was established in 1990, the company’s key mission was to provide world class service and modern insurance products to our clients. We achieved this by attracting and retaining the most talented insurance professionals and support them with state-of-the-art systems and products to provide a seamless service to clients requiring insurance in the CEE, CIS and Caucuses regions.
These principles are still key to our company. The talent that the company is able to deploy on our clients’ behalf is world-class, our reputation is established, and our back office and placement systems are so effective we are able to use them to develop and support innovative insurance products anywhere in the region.
Depth and breadth of experience
All the members of MAI’s senior management team bring a wealth of experience to their roles. Their backgrounds include all the best-known names in the broking industry, as well as many of the most recognised insurers, both internationally and in the CEE Region.
But good talent goes much further than just industry experience. Our management team includes experience in areas outside insurance; business, financial services, energy, transportation and defence, to name just a few.
Independent for better service
There are five major broking groups active within the CEE region, but MAI is the only one that is truly independent from the dictats of large corporate investors; where the building of mutually beneficial long term relations is the prime aim of our management, rather than the next quarterly report, and where you are assured that your business will be recognised and understood by a senior member of the management team in the country or speciality practice. We are also the only such group focused exclusively on the CEE region.
There is volatility in the CEE region, and many of the cultural practices, which vary from country to country will seem strange to outsiders. Working with MAI clients have the comfort of being able to relax in the knowledge that our team knows the ropes, and will always act in the best interests of the client: we recognise that in the long term, such a relationship will always be beneficial for both parties.
Our teams are made up of professionals committed to the region, and committed to building trust and long term relationships: offering continuity and stability in a changing and often transient environment. Such professionalism also allows us to empower our teams, allowing them to respond faster to the needs of the client.
Jeffrey has a keen interest in the history of Central and Eastern Europe, which he studied for his first degree, and has lived and worked in the region since 1982. He holds degrees from Colgate University, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität and the Thunderbird School of Global Management
He started as an underwriter with AIG in New York. After working in London he became the senior property underwriter for Northern Europe. In 1982 he moved to Vienna to be the underwriting manager of EAU, AIG’s joint venture with several state owned insurers.
He was recruited by Marsh in 1990 to build their Central and East European network. As the CEO of Marsh CEE/CIS he established a network of 28 offices in 16 countries. Since 1995 he is also the Chairman of BIPAR’s (the European Federation of Insurance Intermediaries) European Transitional Economies Task Force by which he has a taken an active role in the helping to shape the insurance regulatory environment in the CEE region.
In 2008 Jeffrey joined MAI as Chief Executive Officer.
Guy joined MAI CEE Insurance Brokers in 2010 from New Zealand. He is an alumni of Canterbury University where he graduated with a BA in Commerce, and gained his full Chartered Accountant status in 1998. He remains a full member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand (NZICA).
Past roles before joining MAI CEE included being Head of Operational Risk Events Reporting for UBS worldwide and CFO for Planet 3 publishing. He has also gained experience at Citibank Australia and Royal & Sun Alliance (now RSA Insurance Group) in the UK.
Hugo moved to Riga in 1994, and has lived in CEE for 18 years with his wife and four sons. He started his insurance career as a Lloyds Broker in 1986, and spent eight years developing reinsurance from European Insurance Companies. In 1995 he founded an independent reinsurance broker in Latvia called ‘BRB Ltd’ which developed reinsurance from Baltic Insurance Companies from 1995-1999.
In 1999 BRB merged with MAI CEE in 2001, and Hugo joined forces with the then CEO to develop a retail network of Insurance Broking offices in CEE. Between 2001 and 2012 they expanded the MAI office network to 13 countries in CEE creating the leading private-owned regional Broker that MAI CEE now is, and spending many days travelling round CEE countries in the process.
Since 2009, he has focused on managing MAI RE, which is the reinsurance broker of MAI CEE and develops reinsurance and wholesale solutions for MAI offices and CEE insurance Companies as well as solutions for companies outside of the region.
MAI RE now places treaty reinsurance for Insurers in 12 CEE countries, and it also looks after many larger non-standard insurance cases, especially Oil and Gas, Marine and Aviation and PI/D&O risks.