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Led by experts in the international annuity industry with a proven track record of meeting the needs of clients through successful operation of a globally focused insurance business.

Our Leadership



Gary M. Dombowsky
Chief Executive Officer & Director

Leading the Company, Mr. Dombowsky brings with him more than fifteen years of experience in the direct insurance and reinsurance businesses, having served as Executive Vice President of Wealth Management for Scottish Annuity & Life Insurance Company (Cayman) Ltd., Chief Operating Officer for Scottish Re Group Ltd. and President of Northstar Financial Services (Bermuda) Ltd. In addition to strong risk management and operational expertise, Mr. Dombowsky has successfully driven business development, growing Scottish Annuity’s life insurance segment and later, annual annuity sales at Northstar. Prior to his insurance experience, Mr. Dombowsky spent more than 15 years in commercial and retail banking, the majority with RBC Financial Group in locations across Canada and in the Caribbean. Mr. Dombowsky holds a B.A. (Honours) in Economics from University of Regina (Canada) and an M.B.A. from the University of Miami.

Nathan V. Gemmiti, Esq.
Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel

Mr. Gemmiti has more than 20 years of off-shore and US insurance operational, legal and regulatory experience.  He served as an Operating Partner at Apollo Management LP where he assisted in the launch and growth of Athene Life Re Ltd., a Bermuda based fixed annuity reinsurer.  He has also served as General Counsel at Northstar Financial Services, Ltd., a Bermuda and Cayman company which sold fixed annuity, variable annuity and life products in the United States, Latin America and Asia.  In 2003, he joined Scottish Re Group Ltd., a NYSE traded global life and annuity reinsurer. At Scottish Re, assets grew from $4 billion to over $15 billion during his tenure and he was promoted three times in five years, eventually serving as the company’s global General Counsel.  He began his legal career in 1998 in private practice at Pierce Atwood, a New England-based law firm, where he specialized in commercial and insurance litigation matters.  He graduated from St. Anselm College (B.A.) and Boston College School of Law (J.D.).  He is admitted to practice law before multiple courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.

Brian O’Neill, CERA, CFA, FSA, MAAA
Chief Actuary

Mr. O’Neill serves as the Company’s Chief Actuary.  Prior to joining Knighthead Annuity, Brian had over 13 years of experience in a management consulting capacity at both Deloitte and Towers Watson.  Among his key consulting clients were Athene, Lincoln Financial, MetLife, John Hancock, Nassau Re (Phoenix), Hannover Re, and dozens of other life and annuity insurers and reinsurers.  As Vice President, Actuary at Assured Guaranty, Brian assisted in building out and growing reserving, model validation, ERM, ALM, and economic capital modeling functions.  Brian’s primary areas of expertise and experience are in Economic Capital Modeling, Asset Liability Management, Model Validation, Life & Annuity Reinsurance and Enterprise Risk Management.  He is a CFA Charterholder, a Certified Enterprise Risk Analyst (CERA), a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries (FSA), and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA).  Brian regularly presents at industry conferences, publishes pieces in Actuarial periodicals, and serves as the Chair of the Life Operational Risk Work group of the American Academy of Actuaries, which provides the NAIC with ongoing advice on regulatory developments related to operational risk.  Brian earned a BS in Math from Georgetown University (Magna Cum Laude, Honor Program).

John Harrell, CFP®, CMFC®
Head of Sales

Leading the sales organization, Mr. Harrell brings over 30 years of offshore and annuity sales and leadership experience.  Mr. Harrell joined Knighthead Annuity with a mandate to increase sales from existing distributors as well as expand the number of distribution partners.  Formerly, Mr. Harrell served as Director of Business Solutions – Bank Channel for Russell Investments where he worked since 2010. Mr. Harrell successfully grew sales and distribution from zero to more than $2.5 Billion in five years establishing the bank network as the dominant distribution channel for Russell Investments.  Prior to Russell, Mr. Harrell served as Managing Director, Western Division Sales for Symetra, growing sales from $500 million to over $2.2 Billion.  He spent a number of years as First Vice President Banco de Puerto Rico and Senior Vice President for Sun Life Financial (five years) and Vice President Essex Corporation (seven years).  Mr. Harrell also brings significant experience in product development and marketing.  Mr. Harrell holds a Bachelor of Science - Social and Behavioral Science from Linfield College; McMinnville, Oregon and is a Certified Financial Planner® and Certified Mutual Fund Counselor®. 

Rob Ollins, CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Ollins is a Canadian Chartered Accountant with over 15 years professional experience focused specifically on the insurance and reinsurance industry at an international level.  He has significant experience in the Big 4 public accounting firms, Deloitte, Ernst & Young and PwC, in Canada, Cayman Islands, UK and Switzerland.  His professional insurance auditing experience spans both privately held and public listed insurance companies.  Mr. Ollins served as Senior Finance Manager at Glacier Reinsurance AG, where he was licensed by the Swiss Financial Market Regulatory Authority (FINMA) as "Leitender revisor von Versicherungsunternehmen" (Lead Audit Expert) to lead and opine on the financial audits of FINMA regulated insurance Companies.  He has worked extensively leading projects for the design and implementation of Sarbanes Oxley compliant internal control systems at international insurance companies.  He holds a Certificate of International Treasury Management with the Association of Corporate Treasurers in the UK and a Diploma of Technology – Advanced Accounting, from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver, Canada.

Pedro Reis, CA
Head of Risk Management

Prior to joining Knighthead Annuity, Mr. Reis was Deputy Head of the Insurance Supervision Division with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA).  He is a former auditor and consultant with significant experience in the Big 4 public accounting firms PwC and KPMG, in areas such as insurance, banking, structured finance, Sarbanes Oxley implementation and IFRS consulting.  He has worked in countries such as Portugal, Spain, Guinea-Bissau, New Zealand, United States and the Cayman Islands.

At CIMA, he was primarily responsible for regulating Cayman’s international and domestic insurance industry, which comprises approximately 930 licensees and 600 segregated portfolios.  He represented CIMA at local and international conferences, at the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) executive committee and sub-committees, at the Group of International Insurance Centre Supervisors (GIICS) where he served as the alternate Education Chairman, chaired meetings with licensees and service providers.  He also headed significant projects that impacted the jurisdiction and the insurance companies that operate within it, such as the implementation of the Cayman Islands 2010 Insurance Law.  Mr. Reis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Lisbon (Portugal), a Masters in Finance and a Post-Graduate degree in Corporate Finance from the Financial Markets Investigation Centre of the University of Lisbon.  He maintains a Chartered Accountant qualification and is a member of the Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants.

Richard Andrews
Business Development Specialist

Mr. Andrews is an integral part of the business development team, focused on serving the needs of all clients, advisors and distribution partners.  Mr. Andrews joins Knighthead Annuity after over 10 years in the financial services industry.  Most recently, he worked at one of the leading investment firms in the Cayman Islands, Cayman National Securities Ltd.  Mr. Andrews has a well-established history of providing clients and advisors with outstanding service and is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Samy Porrata
Vice President, Business Development

Mr. Porrata has over 15 years of experience in client facing financial services.  Most recently, he served as Senior Relationship Partner at Corda Investment Management, a SEC registered investment advisor located throughout Texas.  At Corda, he provided family clients with strategies, advice and financial plans to enable them to be financially secure.  Mr. Porrata was also a financial advisor at JPM Chase and TD Ameritrade.  He has significant experience in insurance, having been a Regional VP External Wholesaler for Symetra Life.  While at Symetra Life, he supervised a multi-state territory of over 1600 bank and broker dealer advisors.  Mr. Porrata was born in Puerto Rico and is fluent in Spanish.  He’s a graduate of Texas A&M, where he majored in Economics and minored in Business Administration.

Armando Perez
Vice President, Business Development

Mr. Perez has over 20 years of experience in banking and investment management sales, partnering with firms across the US and Latin America.  Prior to joining Knighthead Annuity, Mr. Perez filled a similar role at a Bermuda annuity company as Vice President, Regional Director of Offshore Sales.  During this time, Mr. Perez led sales and marketing of offshore investment products.  Mr. Perez also previously worked in private banking at Wells Fargo in Miami, Florida where he managed client relationship by integrating banking and investment solutions.  He was responsible for growing deposits and investments from 50MM to over 800MM.

Vernie Coe
Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Officer

Mr. Coe has 13 years of financial industry experience with 10 years in Compliance and 3 years in Compliance/Funds.  Prior to joining Knighthead Annuity, Mr. Coe was the Compliance Manager and Money Laundering Reporting Officer at RBC Trust Co. (Cayman) Ltd.  There, he provided compliance and regulatory advice to the Mutual Funds, Custody and Private Trust business lines.  Prior to RBC, Mr. Coe worked at the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority as an Analyst in the Investment and Securities Division after first spending 3 years in the Compliance Division.

Anika Hewitt
Senior Operations Manager

Ms. Hewitt is a senior member of the operational team at the company.  Ms. Hewitt's current position as a senior manager reflects the expertice she developed at Knighthead Annuity since joining in 2014.  Prior to joining Knighthead Annuity, Ms. Hewitt was a Planning Technician at the Department of Planning within the Cayman Islands Government.  She gained significant experience in her administrative role and was an integral part of the office function within the Planning Department.  She holds a 2:1 Bachelor’s degree from Sheffield Hallam University (UK) in Events Management with Tourism.  Ms. Hewitt also has a professional certificate in HR from the University of Portsmouth (UK).

Mandy Bussanich, CPA
Financial Controller

Mrs. Bussanich has 10 years professional experience in accounting and financial reporting primarily within the insurance industry.  Her professional experience spans both public accounting firms and public listed companies. Prior to joining Knighthead Annuity, Mrs. Bussanich was an Audit Manager at Ernst & Young.  There, she managed audits of entities domiciled in Cayman, Bermuda and the Bahamas within the insurance and asset management sectors. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of the Cayman Islands Institute of Professional Accountants. She holds a B.A. in Math from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters in Accountancy from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Robert Chan
Vice President, Business Development

Mr. Chan has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry.  He has been a top producer at firms such as Wells Fargo Private Client Services, Citicorp Investments and Cetera Financial.  Most recently, he served as Regional Investment Manager for East West Bancorp Investments.  While at East West, he specialized in advising high net worth and ultra-high net worth clients, domestic and abroad.  He focused on providing individually tailored investment, estate planning and insurance financial solutions.  In addition, he supervised and trained both registered financial advisors and bank staff across the United States.  Mr. Chan holds a Masters of Engineering in Chemical & Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

Gillian Lynch, BSc, FIA, FSAI
Actuary

Ms. Lynch has over 7 years of experience working in the pension consulting and life insurance industries in Dublin, Ireland. Most recently, she worked in Dublin with a market leading Life and Pensions provider.  Gillian has experience in defined benefit pension consulting, pension valuations and statutory disclosures, liability driven investment and risk management as well as life insurance product development.  Gillian is an actuary, gaining her Fellowship qualification with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in the UK and with the Society of Actuaries in Ireland.  She graduated with a BSc. in Financial and Actuarial Mathematics from Dublin City University in 2011.

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