Management

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Barry Zyskind joined AmTrust in 1998 and has held several leadership positions during his time with the company. Since May 2016 he has been Chairman of the board, adding to his roles as Chief Executive Officer and President that he has held since 2000.

Mr Zyskind began his professional career at Janney Montgomery Scott following his MBA at NYU’s Stern School of Business.

Barry Zyskind also holds key non-executive roles at Maiden Holdings and National General Holdings Corp.

Adam Karkowsky, Executive Vice President - Strategic Development and Mergers & Acquisitions, joined the Company in March 2011.  Mr. Karkowsky also serves as an officer and director of several of our subsidiaries.  From June 2009 to March 2011, Mr. Karkowsky was a mergers and acquisitions, insurance and business development consultant.  From October 2005 to June 2009, Mr. Karkowsky served as President and Portfolio Manager for Hudson Equity Partners, a venture capital firm, and Chief Executive Officer of UPRS Group, LLC, an asset recovery company.   

Max G. Caviet joined the Company in January 2003, and was President of AmTrust International Insurance Limited from 2003-2015, was Chief Executive Officer of AmTrust Europe, Ltd. from 2010-2015, and is now Chief Executive Officer of AmTrust International Limited.  Mr. Caviet also serves as an officer and director of several of our subsidiaries. From 1994 to 2003, Mr. Caviet was Engineering and Underwriting Manager with Trenwick International Limited.  From 1990 to 1994, Mr. Caviet was with Crowe Underwriting Agency Ltd. as its Engineering and Extended Warranty Underwriter.  In 1982, Mr. Caviet joined CIGNA Insurance Company of North America (UK) Ltd. as a Senior Underwriter for Special Risks and was promoted to Engineering and Underwriting Manager. Between 1972 and 1982, Mr. Caviet was an underwriter and team leader, specializing in engineering risks, at British Engine Insurance Company. 

Christopher M. Longo, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Information Officer, joined the Company in 2001 and has been Chief Operating Officer since 2016 and Chief Information Officer since 2006. Previous to his employment with the Company, Mr. Longo performed a number of functions with Credit General Insurance Company including as a commercial lines underwriter, actuarial analyst and regulatory compliance officer. 

 

Ronald Pipoly, Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, joined the Company in 2001 and has been Chief Financial Officer since 2005.  From 1993 to 2001, Mr. Pipoly served as Financial Analyst, Assistant Controller, and ultimately, Controller at PRS Group, Inc., a property and casualty insurance holding company in Beachwood, Ohio. Mr. Pipoly began his career at Coopers and Lybrand, an accounting firm, where he worked from 1988 through 1993. 

 

David H. Saks, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, joined the Company in May 2009. From April 1999 to May 2009, Mr. Saks held a number of positions at American International Group, Inc. (AIG), an insurance company.  His responsibilities included overseeing the legal aspects of all of AIG’s domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic investments. In addition, Mr. Saks was responsible for overseeing the legal aspects of AIG’s operations and systems, e-commerce, sourcing and real estate leasing. Mr. Saks began his career at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where he worked from December 1994 through March 1999. 

 

Michael J. Saxon, Executive Vice President - U.S. Commercial Lines, joined the Company in 2001 and served as Chief Operating Officer from 2005 - 2016. Prior to joining the Company, he was Chief Claims Officer for Credit General Insurance Company, a property and casualty insurer. In 1984, Mr. Saxon began his career at Liberty Mutual, an insurance company. Thereafter, Mr. Saxon joined Progressive Insurance Company, where he held successively more responsible management positions in the Claims Department over an eight-year period. 
Stephen B. Ungar, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, joined the Company in 2001 and has been Secretary since 2005 and General Counsel since 2001.  Mr. Ungar also serves as an officer and director of many of our subsidiaries.  From 1990 to 2001, Mr. Ungar served as Special Counsel and Managing Attorney with the State of New York Insurance Department Liquidation Bureau.  Between 1987 to 1990, Mr. Ungar was an associate at Hendler and Murray and Kroll and Tract in New York. 

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