Meet MS Transverse
The MS Transverse team works to deliver significant value and tailored solutions to our partners through every aspect of the insurance transaction.
Erik Matson is Chief Executive of MS Transverse, EVP/Regional Executive and Board Member of MSIG Holdings (USA), Inc. He co-founded Transverse Insurance Group in 2018 and was its Chairman & CEO through the sale to Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Group in 2023.
Prior to starting Transverse, Erik worked globally across a broad portion of the P&C/Specialty Insurance segment running both commercial and personal lines with responsibility for all distribution, operations, strategy, and underwriting .
His executive roles included President – Americas (Canada, US, Latin America) ; CEO for all Small/Medium Commercial Lines (across all commercial lines) and simultaneously, leadership of Lexington Insurance Program businesses (combined ($7.5B+ in revenue) for AIG. Before moving into the Americas role, he was President of CEMEA (Central Europe/Russia/Middle East and Africa) for the SME (Small and Medium Enterprise) business and started as the CEO/Specialty Lines Officer for Emerging Markets globally (55 countries x-Western Europe and US).
Prior roles have seen him as a founding executive of an innovative wholesale insurance brokerage as well as key product and underwriting roles for one of the world’s largest reinsurer. Formative roles included a senior consulting role with Booz*Allen & Hamilton and started his career as a underwriter trainee. He retired from the US Air Force Reserves as a Lt Colonel.
Dave Paulsson is President of MS Transverse and CEO of MS Transverse Asset Management. He co-founded Transverse Insurance Group in 2018 and was its President through the sale to Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Group in 2023.
Prior to starting Transverse, Dave spent 15 years investing in private companies and funds on behalf of banks, asset managers, and family offices. His final role was as Portfolio Manager of Paragon Outcomes, a $1.5 billion multi-family office with a broad portfolio of investments in insurance and other industries. On behalf of Paragon, he also served on the Advisory Board of numerous asset management platforms, including funds managed by Fortress Investment Group, Atalaya Capital Management, MC Asset Management, and DYAL Capital Partners. Dave also holds CFA and CAIA designations.
Ethan AllenExecutive Vice President
Chief Risk Officer
Ethan is an experienced insurance executive with over 25 years of experience spanning multiple disciplines and industry segments. Preceding his time at Transverse, he served as Division Executive for AIG Programs, growing the division to exceed $1B in premiums across all of North and South America. He held previous roles of increasing responsibility in other divisions within AIG during his 16-year tenure there. He spent time prior to AIG at a start-up E&S carrier subsidiary of PMA Capital after having started his insurance journey with MetLife Auto & Home. Ethan is a credentialed actuary in the Casualty Actuarial Society.
Jamie ColemanSenior Vice President,
Regulatory & Compliance
Jamie is a seasoned regulatory & compliance professional with over 30 years of experience in the property and casualty insurance industry. Prior to joining Transverse, she was an integral part of a start-up program carrier, admitted in 44 states, and served as Vice President of Regulatory & Compliance and Assistant Secretary. During her 20+ years at The Republic Group, she was responsible for building, from the ground up, and overseeing the regulatory compliance department for Republic’s program business segment.
Kristin CubberlySenior Vice President,
Chief People Officer
Kristin is a skilled human capital executive with over 15 years of extensive experience in strategic planning, recruiting & analysis, policy development and change management. She was most recently Principal and Director of Human Resources at Siguler Guff & Company, where she led the Human Resources function for the global private equity firm. She began her career in human resources at Oz Management, and held various titles, most recently as a Human Resources Business Partner. Kristin also worked at Morgan Stanley and Sanford C. Bernstein.
John FitzgeraldExecutive Vice President
Chief Financial Officer
John is an experienced senior finance executive with more than 20 years of diverse experience in and around the Property & Casualty insurance industry. He was most recently Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller at ProSight Specialty Insurance, helping to both take them public and be acquired in a private transaction in his time there. He held previous senior roles at QBE Insurance, including CFO of the Equator Re division in Bermuda. He started his career with Ernst & Young LLP in their assurance practice.
Paul GoodwinExecutive Vice President
Head of Reinsurance Strategy
Paul is a 40+ year insurance and reinsurance veteran with significant expertise in business development, client & broker relations and strategy development & execution. Prior to Transverse Paul was the Head of US Broker Relations and SVP of Global Clients for PartnerRe. Prior to PartnerRe Paul spent 30 years with Munich Re America where he was a member of the Reinsurance Division leadership team and held various positions including broker & client management, business development, underwriting and claims. Paul’s experience is non-life working with international and domestic global & national companies, MGA’s and regional companies. Paul has P&C insurance company board experience and has earned numerous industry designations.
Mark HongExecutive Vice President
Chief Investment Officer
Mark is an investment executive with more than 20 years of experience across all asset classes including traditional and alternative investments. Prior to Transverse, he was Managing Director and Head of Research at Clearbrook, LLC, which managed and advised in excess of $32B. Previously, Mark was a Principal at Finch Asset Management and was Director of Research at Sands Brothers & Co., Ltd, where he was a member of the firm’s Investment and Manager Selection Committees. He started his career on the investment-grade corporate trading desk as part of Prudential Financials asset management division. He is a CFA Charterholder and a member of the CFA Society of New York.
Dennis SparksExecutive Vice President
Chief Underwriting Officer
Dennis is an experienced senior executive with more than 30 years of diverse Property & Casualty industry experience. He most recently co-led the program administrator Safehold Special Risk as EVP/Chief Underwriting Officer. During his career, Dennis has held positions of Chief Financial Officer, Chief Actuary, Treasurer, and Head of Ceded Reinsurance. He began his career as an actuarial student with USF&G.
Ric VictoresSenior Vice President
Head of Business Development
Ric has over thirty years of experience in the Property and Casualty insurance industry. He has a diverse background with various underwriting, business development and operational roles including being Chief Sales and Marketing Officer when his previous company (ProSight) went public. He has also held senior roles with Firemen’s Fund and Liberty Mutual.