Gallagher Bassett North America is led by an impressive executive team who are specialized in insurance carriers and passionate about business development, client experience and corporate culture.
With a global presence and headquarters in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and beyond, Gallagher Bassett’s North American team is supported by leading insurance experts from across the globe.
Meet Gallagher Bassett’s North American Leaders
Chief Executive Officer
As Gallagher Bassett’s Chief Executive Officer in North America, Michael Hessling is responsible for overseeing client relationship programs and carrier-related business development initiatives across the region. Carrying more than 20 years of experience in the finance, business and insurance disputes industries, Michael has strong negotiation techniques, business development practices and global insurance insights.
Michael joined Gallagher Bassett in 2012 and has since implemented creative problem-solving practices across several departments, expanding the recruitment and professional development arm of the business and ensuring all employees are achieving optimal results for their clients.
Managing Director, GB Specialty
Rob Blasio is Managing Director of GB Specialty, an operating division of Gallagher Bassett with concentrations in high-risk liability areas, including healthcare; professional liability; product liability; transportation; cyber and construction. Prior to being Managing Director, Mr. Blasio founded Western Litigation (“WL”) in 1994 and was responsible for strategically growing the company into an industry leader in the management of claims and risk for the professional liability insurance industry. Prior to founding WL, Mr. Blasio was engaged in private legal practice in Chicago for eight years, where he specialized in the defense of physicians and hospitals in professional negligence matters and in the defense of insurers in insurance coverage disputes.
Mr. Blasio graduated cum laude from Lawrence University in 1981 and he received his Juris Doctorate, with Honors, from The George Washington University in 1984.
Senior Vice President
Jon generates market intelligence and business development for Gallagher Bassett through maintaining strategic relationships in the insurance sector. With key specializations in risk management, alternative risk and insurance carrier related opportunities, Jon develops winning strategies that drive businesses forward into success.
Boasting more than 20 years of experiences, Jon prides himself on shaping a family-oriented culture that fosters effective communication and a great work ethic.
Senior Vice President
With 37 years of insurance experience under her belt, Dawn manages the country’s property and casualty portfolios and leads a team of 500+ carrier specialists. Dawn is regularly spotted as a keynote speaker at industry events, having brought several products to the carrier market and co-building Gallagher Bassett’s carrier platform.
Dawn’s claim handling and leadership experience across all lines of insurance allows her to build strategic solutions that solve deficits or evolving business needs in the marketplace.
Senior Vice President
Joseph oversees Gallagher Bassett’s strategic carrier performance and nurtures the firm’s insurance partners in conjunction with a dedicated group of carrier practice claims professionals. Joseph enjoys working collaboratively with stakeholders to develop the outcomes that exceed performance goals and became a Harvard Business School graduate after completing the Breakthrough Leadership Management Program in 2013.
Having held senior leadership roles within Gallagher Bassett for more than 14 years, Joseph carries almost 35 years of experience in the insurance industry working for companies GAB Robins and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.
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Meet Gallagher Bassett’s Global Leaders
General Manager – Government & Long-Tail Claims
Scott Newland has over 16 years of experience and significant expertise in General Insurance. Prior to joining Gallagher Bassett 5 years ago, Scott developed comprehensive, hands on claims experience across a wide range of industries and claims portfolios.
Scott has previously held leadership roles for Marsh Pty Ltd and Insurance Australia Group (IAG) managing large and diverse teams across multiple portfolios. Scott excels in meeting and exceeding the service and performance expectations of his clients. As the General Manager - Government and Long-Tail Claims, managing a large and diverse team across multiple locations and has aligned service standards, processes and streamlined procedures across the division he oversees.
Executive Vice President – International
Jon Winsbury started at Gallagher Bassett as an Operations Manager in 1998. Fast forward 22 years and Jon is now Executive Vice President of the International division with 30+ years of insurance experience under his belt. Responsible for the strategic direction and growth of Gallagher Bassett internationally, his strong belief in culture and staff empowers the business to continually achieve stellar results.
Jon’s reputation for excellence in business in based on broad experiences and specialized knowledge within the insurance industry.
Chief Client Officer – United Kingdom
Pete Diskin started at Gallagher Bassett more than 20 years ago and has worked in various company divisions including branch management, operations and product development across Australia and The United Kingdom. Prior to Gallagher Bassett, Pete trained and worked as a Surveillance Operative and Factual Investigator where he was regularly required to testify in court and deliver investigative results.
As Chief Client Officer based in London, Pete is dedicated to corporate stability and organisational culture to ultimately enhance Gallagher Bassett’s client relationships, proactive approach and service offerings.
Chief Executive Officer - Australia
As Gallagher Bassett Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, John has more than 15 years’ experience within the organisation and more than 30 years of insurance experience, making him one of Australia’s most highly regarded insurance experts.
Specializing in strategic planning, implementation and business leadership, John is passionate about investigating and adopting innovative project solutions that enhance client experiences. Before joining Gallagher Bassett, John held several business leadership roles with Allianz, QBE, and JLT.
Managing Director - New Zealand
Craig Furness joined Gallagher Bassett in 2016 and boasts more than 16 years’ experience in the insurance industry. Dedicated to delivering the best possible outcomes and integrated global business solutions for clients, Craig continues to juggle his operational, manufacturing, distribution and financial expertise in his role as Managing Director.
With a deep understanding of the New Zealand market, Craig is committed to providing tailored solutions to Gallagher Bassett’s national customers, considering their unique risks and opportunities while enhancing global reputation and increasing business growth across multiple insurance sectors.
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