Lixin Zeng
Chief Executive Officer
Lixin Zeng, Ph.D., CFA, is the Chief Executive Officer of AlphaCat Managers Ltd. and has played a key role in the Manager since its formation in 2008. Prior to this role, he was Executive Risk Officer of Validus Reinsurance Ltd, responsible for developing and executing the catastrophe risk strategy of the entire Validus Group. Dr. Zeng was one of the original employees at the founding of Validus in 2005. His prior positions include: Chief Catastrophe Risk Officer at the ACE Group from 2004 to 2005, Head of Development at Willis Re Inc from 2001 to 2004, Analyst at EW Blanch Co. from 1998 to 2001 and Research Scientist at Arkwright Mutual Insurance Co from 1996 to 1998. Mr. Zeng has expertise in insurance portfolio optimization and risk management and has published multiple articles in professional journals on related topics. He has a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington where he graduated in 1996. He received a B.S. in Meteorology from Beijing University, graduating in 1990 and is a CFA charterholder.
Paschal Brooks
Executive Vice President & Managing Director
J. Paschal Brooks III, CFA, is the Managing Director of AlphaCat Capital and is Executive Vice President of AlphaCat Managers. He joined AlphaCat Managers in 2011 and became the principal officer of AlphaCat Capital upon its establishment in 2015. In his role with AlphaCat Capital, he advises AlphaCat Managers in relation to the structuring of new fund products and assists the Investment Committee in a non-discretionary capacity and is also responsible for investor relations activities. In his role with AlphaCat Managers, he is involved in allocating investments among AlphaCat clients and other internal operational matters. Prior to joining AlphaCat Managers, he was a Vice President on the insurance structured finance desk within the investment banking division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. from 2009 to 2011. In this position, he advised insurance companies on risk securitization transactions including catastrophe bonds, sidecars and embedded value securitizations. From 2006 to 2009, he was an Associate at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Prior to this role, he was a Research Analyst at Alleghany Corporation from 2003 to 2006, where he evaluated investment opportunities in public and private markets across a range of industries. Prior to this role, he was an Analyst in the financial institutions group of the investment banking division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. from 2000 to 2003. He has a B.S. in economics from Duke University where he graduated in 2000 and is a CFA charterholder.
Jo Stanton
Chief Financial Officer
Jo Stanton, FCA, is the Chief Financial Officer of AlphaCat Managers Ltd., a role she has held since January 2014, and is responsible for all reporting and operations. She joined the AlphαCat team in August 2009, moving into the position of Financial Controller in November 2011. She has over 20 years of experience in reinsurance and fund administration, of which 10 years was spent as a Consultant with clients including Arch Re and Montpelier Re. Jo is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales who trained in London before moving to Bermuda with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Jo holds a BA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance from the University of Brighton, England.
Paul Hopwood
Senior Vice President & Head of Underwriting