Argo Group International Holdings Ltd.
110 Pitts Bay Road Pembroke HM 08 Bermuda
Our focus is specialty insurance. Our products help power the businesses that drive the world economy. We approach our chosen markets with unmatched expertise, a spirit of innovation and sense of urgency in everything we do.
Jay S. Bullock
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Jay Bullock joined Argo Group in 2008 from Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., where he was Senior Managing Director and Head of Bear Stearns’ Insurance Investment Banking Group. Focusing on the property and casualty and life insurance sector for more than 20 years, he advised companies on acquisitions, mergers and sales, as well as all forms of public and private financings and restructurings. While at Bear Stearns, Mr. Bullock was an advisor to Argonaut Group, Argo Group’s predecessor, on a number of transactions. Prior to joining Bear Stearns in 2000, Mr. Bullock was a Managing Director at First Union Securities. He is an honors graduate of Southern Methodist University and received his MBA from the McColl School of Business at Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mr. Bullock also holds the designation of Certified Public Accountant.
Mark E. Watson III
Chief Executive Officer
Mark Watson joined the Board of Directors of Argo Group’s predecessor company, Argonaut Group, in 1999 and has served as President and CEO since 2000. Prior to joining Argonaut, Mr. Watson was one of two founding partners of Aquila Capital Partners, a Texas-based venture capital firm focused on technology and life science related companies. Before founding Aquila, Mr. Watson was an Executive Vice President and member of the Board of Directors of Titan Holding Inc., a NYSE-listed property and casualty insurance group, from 1992 until its acquisition in 1997 by USF&G Corporation. From 1989 to 1991 he was an Associate Attorney with Kroll & Tract, a New York law firm focusing on international financial services clientele. In 1989 Mr. Watson was a Legislative Aide to Texas State Senator Donald Henderson, where he helped draft legislation creating the first college savings bond program in the state as well as the first mandatory alternative fuels bill, both of which were enacted into law. Mr. Watson graduated with a B.B.A. from Southern Methodist University and a J.D. from the University of Texas, School of Law. Mr. Watson is an avid climber and yachtsman, who has climbed on several continents and won several major regattas in the United States.
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Stuart Boyne joined Argo Group to lead the global human resources function in 2015. He came to Argo from Cooper Gay Swett and Crawford, where he served as the Global Human Resources Officer. Prior to that, Mr. Boyne was with Endurance Specialty Holdings, where he served as Senior Vice President, Global Head of Human Resources Shared Services, responsible for multiple HR functions including compensation, benefits, technology and recruiting. Mr. Boyne has more than 20 years’ experience in human resources, management and leadership, having commenced his career as an officer in the British Army specializing in military communications. He served on numerous operational tours in Bosnia and Kosovo and retired as a Major in 2003. Mr. Boyne received a bachelor’s degree in Human Geography from Middlesex University.