Laurie Banez is Executive Vice President and Head of US Management and Professional Lines at Canopius. Ms. Banez has over 30 years of professional lines insurance experience. She began her career with National Union Fire Insurance Company (AIG) where she spent 13 years in various underwriting and management positions. She then joined a team to start up Kemper’s Financial Lines capabilities and subsequently, through a renewal rights transaction, established Axis’ Financial Lines team. In addition, Ms. Banez has led other start up US management and professional lines facilities, building profitable books of management and professional lines business at C.V. Starr and Argo Group. Ms. Banez is a frequent speaker and active member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society. She graduated from the University of Buffalo with a BS in Business Administration, concentration in Finance.