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Gard News 199, August/October 2010

Gard News presents the members of staff in Gard's Gothenburg office.

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The staff at Gard Sweden. Back row, from left: Patrik Friberg, Malena Edh, Jonas Gustavsson, Thomas Forssen, Thomas Nordberg, Mariela Karvanen, Ann Pettersson, Johan Henriksson. Front row, from left: Yvonne Mikulandra, Gunilla Coxner, Jonas Albertsson, Maritha Svensson, Michaela Arnell.

Gard's Swedish office, Gard (Sweden) AB was established in 1996 and operates from premises located in the centre of Gothenburg. The company offers a full range of underwriting and claims-related services to members and clients in Sweden and Germany, and is listed as Gard's general claims correspondent in Sweden. Further, the growing daily activities of Gard Marine & Energy Försäkring AB, which serves as the Gard option for European Marine and Energy clients that require a risk carrier domiciled within the EEA area, are under the management of Gard Sweden.

Gard Sweden has a staff of 14, including three underwriters, one underwriting assistant and a controller primarily involved with underwriting. The claims team consists of one senior claims executive, four claims executives and two claims assistants.  

Claims handling and underwriting services and capabilities
The Swedish underwriting and claims teams assist both Swedish members and foreign clients seeking local support on a daily basis in a wide range of different matters.

Efficient claims handling is offered on the basis of the team's many years of experience and specialist competence on the technical, engineering and legal side. The claims team comprises employees with sea-going experience as masters, chief engineers, naval architects and management functions in shipyards and coastguard operations. Staff with a technical background work closely together with the two lawyers in the team. Legal competence in collision, grounding, general average, personal injury and cargo claims, combined with the in-house technical expertise, makes the claims team well equipped to  handle efficiently most aspects of both P&I and Marine claims. The team also arranges loss prevention seminars and workshops for members and clients in Sweden and Germany, commonly tailor-made to suit the specific needs of the different clients. The Swedish claims team is closely integrated with other parts of the Gard claims organisation.

A team of four offers full underwriting services to members and clients in Sweden and Germany. Services are offered across the P&I and Marine business areas including also expertise within the field of small craft. On the back of relevant academic training and experience gained from long-term service within insurance, the underwriters are well positioned to meet client demands, including risk assessment and contractual evaluations, often in co-operation with in-house lawyers. The underwriters at Gard Sweden are an integral part of the Gard underwriting organisation, as members of the Nordic and Europe North underwriting teams.

Members of staff
Thomas Nordberg is the Managing Director of Gard Sweden and Gard Marine & Energy Försäkring AB. He has a Law degree from the University of Lund and a Maritime Law extension degree from the Scandinavian Institute for Maritime Law, University of Oslo. Thomas, who worked as a lawyer in private practice for five years prior to joining Gard, is also the Area Manager for small craft underwriting,  responsible for staff in Gothenburg, Helsinki, Bergen and Arendal. He is primarily involved in underwriting and serves as key account manager for several of the larger members in Sweden.

Senior Claims Executive Johan Henriksson holds LLM degrees from the University of London and the University of Lund, Sweden, and worked for Atlantica/Sampo as Claims Manager of Hull and Cargo for several years. He has operational responsibility for the Gothenburg claims department and handles contractual matters, general average, collision and liability claims.

Controller Yvonne Mikulandra worked for Atlantica dealing with reinsurance, cargo and hull insurance for 30 years before joining Gard. She is an expert in Gard Sweden's internal insurance registration systems and assists in regulatory issues, in particular those related to Gard M&E Försäkring AB.  

Maritha Svensson is Office Manager and her responsibilities include administration, book-keeping, accounting and human resources. She also assists Thomas Nordberg in a range of activities including, but not limited to, co-ordination and planning of client events.

Underwriting staff
Michaela Arnell has a BSc degree in Business Management from Oxford Brookes University. Prior to joining Gard she worked with business development at Business Region Göteborg. As an underwriter her main focus is on German members and clients.

Prior to joining Gard Mariela Karvanen studied at Gothenburg School of Business Economics and Law and worked with cargo insurance at Skandia and IF. She has underwriting responsibility for the Swedish market and is also involved in underwriting and business development in the small craft area.

Malena Edh attended Gothenburg University and worked in the finance and banking sector before joining Gard.  At Gard Sweden she underwrites small craft.

Underwriting Assistant Jonas Albertsson has studied at University West, Trollhättan, and has worked for a Piraeus-based shipowner and for Gothenburg shipbrokers. He currently works with Swedish Marine clients and small craft entries.

Claims staff
Thomas Forssen holds an MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture from Chalmers University of Technology and a BSc degree in Marine Engineering from the Merchant Marine Academy in Gothenburg. He served at sea in the Broström Group for 17 years, the last two as Chief Engineer. Before joining Gard he worked as General Manager in Wärtsilä Field Service. Currently he handles hull and machinery claims and provides technical advice.

Jonas Gustavsson holds a BSc degree in Marine Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology. Prior to joining Gard he served on board merchant vessels and worked at Wärtsilä as a Superintendent Engineer and as Senior Surveyor for the Swedish Coastguard. At Gard Sweden Jonas works as Claims Executive/Surveyor with a focus on claims handling, marine surveying, claims adjusting and loss prevention.

Jerker Paulusson is a qualified Master Mariner and has served as deck officer on Swedish vessels. Between 1991 and 2003 he worked as a P&I claims handler at the Swedish Club. At Gard Sweden he handles all types of P&I claims.

Patrik Friberg has a Master's degree in Law and Economics from the University of Linköping, Sweden. Before joining Gard he was a trainee at a maritime law firm and at the Swedish Shipowners' Association. At Gard Sweden he handles primarily P&I claims.

Claims Assistant Ann Pettersson has a Bachelor's degree in Legal Science from Luleå University. Prior to joining Gard she worked at the risk management department of the Port of Gothenburg. She assists Claims Executives in Marine and P&I claims handling.

Claims Assistant Gunilla Coxner attended Gothenburg University and worked for a container leasing company prior to joining Gard. Gunilla is involved in the handling of P&I and Marine claims.