Ryan Specialty Announces Appointment of Catherine Gill to CEO and Mark Wood to Chairman of LifeScienceRisk

November 1, 2022 | Chicago, IL
– Ryan Specialty (NYSE: RYAN) announced the appointment effective today of Catherine Gill to CEO and Mark Wood to Chairman of LifeScienceRisk (“LSR”), Ryan Specialty’s managing general underwriter specializing in the life sciences industry.

Catherine Gill has been the Chief Underwriting Officer of LifeScienceRisk and has been with LSR since 2012. Over the past ten years, Catherine has built and grown the organization alongside Mark Wood, who served as the CEO. With Catherine’s appointment, Mark assumes the position of Chairman of LSR.

Mark Wood, Chairman of LifeScienceRisk, commented, “Catherine is a proven leader in our industry, and has been a true partner to me in growing this business. Her expertise is recognized by our capacity providers, brokers and competitors alike, and I am very proud to have her succeed me as CEO. Catherine has dedicated her career to the Life Science industry and has the experience and track record to lead this important business as we focus on delivering even greater value to our carriers, brokers and their Life Science clients.”

Remarking on her new role, Catherine Gill, said, “I am honored and excited to take on the responsibilities of CEO and lead this outstanding underwriting team. Working with Mark Wood over the past ten years has been a pleasure; Mark has been an excellent teacher and mentor to me. I look forward to continuing to grow LSR as we move into the future.”
Catherine can be reached at or 312.878.1320.


About Ryan Specialty

Founded in 2010, Ryan Specialty is a service provider of specialty products and solutions for insurance brokers, agents and carriers. Ryan Specialty provides distribution, underwriting, product development, administration and risk management services by acting as a wholesale broker and a managing underwriter with delegated authority from insurance carriers. Ryan Specialty’s mission is to provide industry-leading innovative specialty insurance solutions for insurance brokers, agents and carriers.

About LifeScienceRisk

LifeScienceRisk is a specialty underwriter of Product and related Professional Liability coverages for companies engaged in the Life Sciences industry and has offices in Chicago and London. LSR delivers tailored coverage enhancements to address the specific needs of firms involved in the development, manufacturing and distribution of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology products and natural health/nutritional supplements.

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