D&O Perspectives on Coronavirus: Part 3

Join Kevin LaCroix, Carl Metzger, and Rob Yellen for Part 3 of their discussion on D&O Perspectives on Coronavirus. These speakers continue to look at possible effects of COVID-19 from a variety of D&O perspectives. This recording is part of the ongoing PLUS series PL Perspectives on Coronavirus—past recordings are here on the PLUS Blog, and stay tuned for more discussions to be posted in the coming weeks.

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KevinLaCroix2019Kevin LaCroix, Executive Vice President at RT ProExec

Kevin LaCroix is an Executive Vice President at RT ProExec, Beachwood, Ohio, a division of R-T Specialty, LLC. RT ProExec is an insurance intermediary focused exclusively on management liability issues. Kevin is also the author of the Internet weblog, The D&O Diary, which the New York Times called “influential” and the Wall Street Journal described as “widely followed.” Kevin has been involved in directors’ and officers’ liability insurance issues for more than 35 years.

Metzger_E_CarlCarl Metzger, Partner and Chair of Risk Management & Insurance at Goodwin Proctor

Carl Metzger is a partner in Goodwin’s Financial Industry and Business Litigation practices and Chair of the firm’s Risk Management & Insurance practice and Chair of the firm’s Partnership Committee. His clients include both public and private companies, major insurance carriers and brokerages, private equity and venture capital firms and non-profit and educational institutions. 

Rob YellenRob Yellen, Executive Vice President, D&O and Fiduciary Liability Product Leader, FINEX at Willis Towers Watson

With over 28 years of Financial Lines industry experience, Rob Yellen is a respected leader in the management and professional liability space. He currently works with Willis Towers Watson, FINEX NA brokers and claims advocates to identify and track developments in risk, coverage and markets, and with our business partners to develop innovative, best-in-class strategies and solutions. Rob joined Willis Towers Watson in 2015 from AIG where, during his 14-year tenure, he served in several key leadership roles–including Chief Underwriting Officer, Financial Lines, U.S. and Canada and, most recently, Head of Product Development for Financial Lines–globally and for the Americas Region.

Cyber University and More: PLUS’s Virtual Education

Successful Turnout at PLUS 2020 Cyber University

Last week, over 100 PLUS members attended PLUS’s virtual Cyber University. While this event has been held in-person in previous years, this year’s Cyber University was part of PLUS’s 2020 plan to provide virtual education to broader audience. Attendance for Cyber U doubled this year, and the staff at PLUS is proud to provide quality education in virtual space, especially in light of current circumstances.

This is the third year of PLUS Cyber University and registrants attended six live sessions over three days.  “The program content is incredibly strong, so the focus was on how to take an in-person event and continue to make it meaningful as a virtual one,” said Megan Moore, Director of Education and Professional Development at PLUS. Topics included: legal foundations, evolution of cyber coverage, interplay among lines, underwriting, breach responses, 1st and 3rd party claims, risk management, and breach scenarios. Moore added, “As we transfer this program to virtual, we made sure to include opportunities for attendees to reflect on what they’ve learned and apply it to their own experience as well as connect with each other outside of the session.”

Continuing to Provide Remote Education

PLUS is continuing to expand its virtual education offerings for all members. In May alone there are three top-notch webinars on a variety of professional liability topics, from the Sciabacucchi court case decision, to resolving D&O disputes virtually, to social distancing and telehealth.  Additionally, on-demand presentations from the virtual Healthcare and Medical Professional Liability Symposium are available to view, as well as Online eLearning modules for the RPLU program available to purchase. You can work through module content at your own pace, and even complete the exam entirely online!

“Over the last few years, we have been ramping up our ability to provide online and virtual education,” said Robbie Thompson, CEO of PLUS. “While PLUS will always offer outstanding in-person networking and education events, we knew that focusing on other ways members can also get professional development was critical to PLUS continuing to serve the professional liability industry.” From webinars, to the RPLU online eLearning modules, to webinar, to in-person events moved to virtual like Cyber University, PLUS is working to make education accessible no matter the circumstances.

PLUS Membership for the Win

Membership is an important aspect of PLUS, and PLUS staff has been working tirelessly (and remotely!) to provide new ways to engage members virtually.  If you are a PLUS member, you can register for any or all of the May webinars for free! If you aren’t a member yet, become one now to register for webinars, gain access to an archive of PLUS virtual education, and more. Check out previous posts on this blog to listen to PLUS’s PL Perspectives on Coronavirus podcast, and stay tuned for even more distance education offerings in the future.

Healthcare and MedPL Perspectives on Coronavirus

The next PL Perspectives on Coronavirus recording is available! Kirsten Beasley, Bill Fleming, and Joseph McMenamin discuss various effects the coronavirus is having and will continue to have on the Healthcare and Med PL industry.

If you are looking for more Medical PL education, you can now earn your Certificate in Medical Professional Liability completely online. You can find more information here: http://plusweb.org/Education/Certificates.

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Kirsten BKirsten Beasley, Head of Healthcare Broking, North America at Willis Towers Watson

As Head of Healthcare Broking, North America, Kirsten drives the broking strategy for  our healthcare industry clients, particularly for the signature lines of insurance that are critical to our healthcare clients in North America  – professional, general  and excess liability.  Kirsten and the team of healthcare specialists in broking, work with our Healthcare Industry group, client advocates and producers to deliver cutting edge insurance programs, grounded in analytics, to our partners.

Kirsten joined WTW in 2016 with nearly 20 years’ experience with the healthcare industry insurance arena as both a broker and an underwriter.  Immediately prior to joining WTW, Kirsten served as Chief Operating Officer, Bermuda and led the North American Healthcare underwriting practice of Allied World Assurance Company (AW).  Kirsten began her insurance career as a large account healthcare and casualty broker with in Bermuda.

Kirsten has authored several articles in the healthcare field and has been a featured speaker on several industry-related educational and professional development panels. Kirsten chairs the D&I Sub-Committee of the Association of Bermuda International Companies and is a co-founder of WeSpeak, a  professional development organization focusing on building presentation skills for women across all industries.

B FlemingBill Fleming, Chief Operating Officer at The Doctors Company

Named COO in January 2017, Fleming is responsible for all claims, underwriting, patient safety and risk management, sales and marketing for the nation’s largest physician-owned medical malpractice insurer. He is responsible for the company’s operating subsidiaries, TDC Specialty Underwriters and Medical Advantage Group. Fleming is a 24-year veteran of The Doctors Company and previously served in a number of leadership capacities, including claims, underwriting, product development, and regional operating officer for the Northeast region. He was also integration leader for AP Capital, Advocate MD, and Intermed, as they joined The Doctors Company via acquisition in 2010 (AP Capital) and 2011 (Advocate, MD, and Intermed).

Fleming began his career with Safeco Insurance in casualty claims and later moved to the professional liability sector. He earned a bachelor’s degree in administration, with an emphasis in business law, from California State University, Fresno, and a master of business administration (MBA) from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He holds leadership positions on boards and committees for numerous insurance and healthcare-related organizations. He is a Registered Professional Liability Underwriter (RPLU) and an Associate in Insurance Services (AIS). Fleming leverages his deep industry insights and longstanding relationships with the company’s stakeholders—members, physicians, agents—to fulfill The Doctors Company mission of advancing, protecting, and rewarding the practice of good medicine.

Joe MJoseph P. (“Joe”) McMenamin, Principal at McMenamin Law Offices, PLLC

MLO is a health law boutique serving health care providers, telemedicine companies, and life sciences companies, focusing on legal issues pertinent to distance care, general health law, risk management, and reimbursement. Dr. McMenamin is General Counsel for the Virginia Telehealth Network and a member of the Center for Telemedicine and eHealth Law Legal Resource Team.  He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Legal Medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University, Board-certified in Legal Medicine, and a Fellow of the College of Legal Medicine.

Before starting his own practice, Dr. McMenamin was a partner at McGuireWoods, LLP for 20 years. Previously, he practiced emergency medicine at hospitals in Pennsylvania and Georgia for seven years while engaging in specialty training and legal education. He is a former member of the Boards of Directors of the Medical Society of Virginia Insurance Agency and of the Richmond Ambulance Authority. Dr. McMenamin has authored or co-authored numerous articles and chapters on a wide array of legal and other topics. He has also given hundreds of presentations at local, state, national, and international meetings of lawyers, doctors, risk managers, business continuity experts, regulatory professionals, and other groups.