Reinsurance intermediary JLT Re has made two appointments across its New York and London offices.

Nikki Melbourne joins the London team from RSA where she was a senior underwriter.

She has previously held underwriting positions at the specialty arm of German insurance giant Allianz and its smaller Spanish rival Mapfre Global Risks.

In her new role as a partner at JLT Re on the fac team, she will focus on the development of the of UK, European and Latam books.

Joe Vitale is also joining JLT Re’s fac team as head of casualty, based out of the the New York office.

Vitale was most recently a senior vice president at Guy Carpenter, where he’s been for more than 22 years, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Before that he was senior vice president at Benfield, heading up global facultative and casualty facultative business, JLT Re said.

“We are delighted to have secured these two talented senior hires,” Vanessa Macdonald-Smith, CEO of JLT Fac said.

“Both Nikki and Joe will enhance the expertise of the team and increase the breadth of our offerings to the market,” she added.

“We expect to have a number of further hires across the US by the end of the year.”