About Us

About Watford U.S.

Watford Re established two insurance companies to target the U.S. marketplace focusing on casualty program business: Watford Specialty Insurance Company (“WSIC”), a New Jersey domiciled excess and surplus lines carrier and Watford Insurance Company (“WIC”), a New Jersey domiciled admitted carrier. Together these companies are referred to and branded as “Watford U.S.”

The Watford U.S. companies write business through a select network of Program Administrator/Managing General Agent partners to create unique insurance products by developing specific underwriting guidelines, authorities and procedures. We at Watford U.S. value our relationships and affiliations with Program Administrators/Managing General Agents who share our goal of long-term and mutually profitable partnerships and are integral to the companies’ success.

Both WSIC and WIC are registered with the NAIC and carry an A- (Excellent) rating, Financial Size Category XII ($1 Billion to $1.25 Billion) by A.M. Best.

Through a series of service agreements, Watford U.S. benefits from underwriting support and other services from Arch Underwriters Inc. (DBA AUI Insurance Services), a member of Arch Capital Group Ltd. Although Arch was one of the original sponsors of Watford in 2014, and remains a shareholder, the Watford companies are not subsidiaries of or members of Arch Capital Group.

Any questions regarding the relationship between Watford U.S. and Arch, please contact info@watfordus.com.

An Operating Model Built for the Future

Our operating model is based on an innovative and contemporary approach to business. We are data focused and analytically driven to create and provide innovative options for coverage. Complex and detailed businesses and challenges are our specialty.

Leadership

Alexandre Scherer

Chief Executive Officer U.S. Insurance

Barry E. Golub, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Anna DeChristofano

Corporate / Regulatory Paralegal

Industry Associations

Target Markets Program Administrators Association (TMPAA)
Wholesale & Specialty Insurance Association (WSIA)
Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers (CIAB)

Alex Scherer has over 24 years of experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry, including 11 years with AXA Insurance Company, of which he served 8 years as President, CEO, and Director as well as 3 years as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

He also served as President and CEO as well as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of AXA Liabilities Managers, Inc. Prior to that, he served as Vice President, Alternative Risk Transfer Underwriter as well as Risk Manager at AXA Reinsurance Company. He also served as Second Vice President of Sorema North America and Underwriter and Head of Alternative Risk Transfer of Sorema SA.

Alex Scherer holds an Engineering degree from Ecole Centrale de Paris, France. He is a Qualified Actuary from the French Actuaries Institute (France) and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Barry Golub has 36 years of insurance and reinsurance industry experience, including 8 years as Senior Vice President and Controller of Sorema North America (Sorema N.A).

Prior to Sorema N. A., Mr. Golub worked 9 years at SCOR U.S. Corporation (SCOR) where he spent his last 5 years as Vice President and Controller and Principal Accounting Officer. At both Sorema N.A. and SCOR, Mr. Golub was part of a team that created and managed the excess and surplus company. Sorema N.A. created Fulcrum Insurance Company and SCOR created SCOR E&S. He began his career as an external auditor with Bass and Devaney, CPAs. He joined Arch Re in June 2002 and has served as Chief Financial Officer since 2009.

Barry Golub holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Hartford. He holds a MBA from St. John’s University. He is affiliated with the American Institute of CPAs and Maryland State Society of CPAs.

Ms. DeChristofano has fifteen years of paralegal experience in regulatory and corporate governance. Prior to joining Arch Re, she was a Senior Counsel Specialist at IHS Markit, a global leader in data mining where she supported the Chief Counsel of Corporate & Securities. For nearly 8 years, she was a Senior Paralegal at AWAS, an aircraft leasing company, supporting the office of the General Counsel. Ms. DeChristofano was responsible in updating and maintaining corporate records, filing annual reports, preparing and reviewing legal documents and assisting on corporate matters and transactions. Prior to AWAS, Ms. DeChristofano worked a Lehman Brothers as a regulatory specialist and began her career at the law firm of Skadden Arps as a litigation paralegal.

Ms. DeChristofano joined Arch Re in October 2019.