Management Team

Derrell Hendrix

Derrell is the CEO of Karson Management (Bermuda) Limited and its subsidiaries, which he founded in 2007. Through his work at Karson, and at RISConsulting, a company he co-founded with Hannover Re and Rabobank in 1996/97, Derrell has developed a unique profile in the complex financial risk management area working with major corporations, financial institutions and regulators. Prior to RISConsulting, Derrell spent just under 20 years working with major international banks, where he held senior positions in relationship management, fixed income and equity derivatives as well as securities trading and structuring in Canada, Hong Kong, London and Boston.  He created Citibank’s European warrants business, its European equity derivatives and insurance derivatives businesses, and concluded the first catastrophe bond transaction for Hannover Re in 1994. Derrell served as a member of the Board of Directors of Converium AG from its launch in 2001 until its acquisition by SCOR in 2007.

Derrell received a B.A. (Magna cum Laude) from Amherst College and an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Paul Gilbert

Paul joined Karson as COO in 2017. Paul was a Partner within Deloitte’s Financial Services Consulting team where he spent 16 years working with global, tier 1 banks as well as more entrepreneurial banking organisations.  Paul identified, scoped, sold and delivered large-scale, technically complex change programmes and became an experienced advisor focusing on the business architecture of middle and back office, finance, operations and risk functions.  He worked with clients across Europe and the Middle East to solve their operating and regulatory challenges by delivering strategy, operating model and technology solutions.

Paul is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Bristol

Philippe Bonnefoy

Philippe joined the Karson team in 2017. Previously, Philippe was Chairman and CIO of Newscape Capital Group  from 2011-2017 and remains a Senior Advisor to the board.  He has built a number of successful investment management and advisory businesses including Eleuthera Capital and Cedar Partners (COMAS Management), the external Investment Advisor to Commerzbank for alternative investments (2001-2006).  He also provided management consulting services to the bank from 1999-2001.  Philippe founded and was portfolio manager for Cedar Fund and Cedar Diversified Macro Fund, which he sold in mid-2007.  Prior to founding Cedar, Philippe was managing a Bahamas-based proprietary trading and advisory firm specialising in global macro trading.  He had originally joined the group in 1988 when it specialised in risk arbitrage.  Previously, Philippe had been responsible for international equity investment for Kidder, Peabody & Co’s London-based international investment management business. He began his financial career in Kidder Peabody’s International Corporate Finance department.

Philippe is a graduate of The School of International Service at The American University, with a B.A. in International Studies and Economics

David Croft

David joined Karson to develop opportunities in derivatives. He has broad international experience in financial markets, derivatives, treasury and risk management.  He spent 17 years at Citibank/Citigroup, and shorter periods with HSBC, ING and American Express Bank.  He has held a number of senior positions with Citibank/Citicorp (including General Manager at Citicorp Switzerland, Head of Public Sector Finance in North America, Global Head of Emerging Market Equities, Chairman of Citicorp International Securities Limited) and was Managing Director Market Risk at ING. He has served on several boards, including ISDA, Citicorp Securities Inc., Citibank Australia Limited, GR Micro Limited, LBS International Alumni Board. More recently, David has been a management consultant  advising a variety of clients including the UK’s Department for International Development, EC Commercial Directorate, and several developing market banks.

David has an MBA from London Business School, a BSc in Physics from University College London, a Diploma in International Management from HEC, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics from Birkbeck College London.

Richard Black

Richard is the CFO and a Director of Karson Management (Bermuda) Limited and its subsidiaries. Since coming to Bermuda in 1981, Richard has held various senior positions at AIG, Pinnacle Re, Centre Re, Stockton Re and Wind River Re. Richard is also a Director of various other Bermuda companies, including The Shipowners Insurance & Guaranty Company, affiliates of Thomas Miller and affiliates of Macquarie Bank.

Richard is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Jeffrey Tretin

Jeffrey serves as General Counsel for the Karson group of companies. Jeffrey had worked as a tax practitioner at law firms in New York.  He joined The Continental Insurance Company as domestic tax counsel in 1987 and served as a Senior Manager and Director of the Insurance Tax consulting practices at Ernst & Young and PWC from 1994 through 1998.  He joined Converium in 1998 as Senior Vice President/Underwriting in the Risk Strategies Division.

Jeffrey is a graduate of Brandeis University and received his JD from The Columbia University School of Law and his LLM in Taxation from the New York University School of Law.

Andrew Seem

Andrew joined The RISConsulting Group LLC in 1998 and is a Managing Director.  Since the inception of Karson Management (Bermuda) Limited in 2007, Andrew has been providing a variety of services to the Karson group pursuant to its service agreement with RISConsulting. Andrew has been instrumental in the origination, structuring and distribution of a variety of transactions including life reinsurance securitizations, catastrophe bond transactions, reserve and capital financing transactions.  He has also served as project manager for the launch of specialist structured finance vehicles.

Andrew received an M.B.A. from Boston University and a B.A. from Denison University.

Kerstin Hendrix

Kerstin has been with the group since its inception in 1996 and is responsible for financial, accounting and treasury aspects of group companies. Kerstin began her career at Citicorp in 1987, where she gained experience in securities trading and sales, derivatives marketing and structuring and worked for eight years as an equity research analyst with Enskilda Securities, specializing in Swiss stock research across sectors and macro-economic country analysis for large institutional investors.

Kerstin received a B.A. and M.A. in Finance and Economics from Zurich University and was awarded the CFA charter in 1997.