Martin G. Hacala

Martin G. Hacala

Martin G. Hacala is ChairmanPresident and Chief Executive Officer of General Star.  He assumed the leadership of General Star in January 2015. Previously, Marty held a variety of senior underwriting and claims positions in General Star, Genesis, and Gen Re. Prior to joining the Gen Re group in 1997, Marty was a partner in the Washington, DC law firm of Ross, Dixon, and Masback, LLP, where his practice centered on insurance coverage litigation and counseling.  Marty also served as a Trial Attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice. He was appointed to that position through the Attorney General's Honors Program.  Marty received his AB and JD degrees with honors from St. Louis University.


Lane DeCoster

Lane A. DeCoster is a Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer, Underwriting Services Division Manager and a member of the Board of Directors for General Star (and Genesis, an affiliated specialty insurance group). Prior to his appointment to these positions in 2015, he was at General Star and Genesis for seven years as a Senior Referral Officer of the Underwriting Services Division. In 1987, Lane joined the Gen Re Group and held various underwriting, marketing and management positions in Treaty and Cas Fac Programs.  Lane received a BS from the School of Engineering, Mathematics and Business Administration at the University of Vermont. After graduation he joined The Home Insurance Company as a commercial underwriter. Lane is originally from Maine. 

Joe Majsak

Regina Kirwan

Regina Kirwan is a Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of General Star.  Regina manages the Business Development Division which focuses on brand management, communication, product development and producer management.  Regina joined General Reinsurance as a Casualty Facultative Manager in 1996 and in 2015, Regina became the General Star Training Manager.   Prior to General Reinsurance,  Regina held various underwriting roles for insurance and reinsurance companies. Regina received her BA degree in Management-Marketing from Holy Family University. She is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania Insurance Executive Development Program and has also obtained her CPCU designation. 

Cole Palmer

Cole Palmer

Cole Palmer is a Senior Vice President of General Star and is the Underwriting Manager of the Casualty and Professional Brokerage Division. He joined General Star in 1989 in the New York branch and has worked in both the Excess and Primary Casualty Divisions. Prior to joining General Star, Cole was a property and casualty insurance agent. Cole is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.

James Baldyga

James Baldyga

James Baldyga is a Vice President of General Star and Practice Group Manager of the Medical Professional Unit. Prior to joining General Star in 2009, Jim held senior underwriting and management roles at several national medical malpractice companies. He is a graduate of The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

John Nunneley

John Nunneley

John Nunneley is a Senior Vice President of General Star and Underwriting Manager of the Property Brokerage Division. John joined General Reinsurance as a Property Facultative Underwriter in 1985 and held numerous positions in the department prior to joining General Star in 2007. John is a graduate of the University of Georgia.

Matthew Brown

Matthew Brown is a Senior Vice President of General Star and Underwriting Manager of the Delegated Division. Matt joined General Star in 2000 as an underwriter in the Casualty Brokerage Division. In 2007, he was promoted to Manager of the Los Angeles Casualty Branch. Matt is a graduate of Long Beach State and has obtained his CPCU designation.

Tom Gersch

Thomas Gersch

Tom Gersch is a Vice President of General Star and Underwriting Manager of the Programs Unit.
Tom joined General Star in 2003 at the launch of the E&O division. Prior to joining General Star, Tom was responsible for underwriting numerous E&O product lines. Tom is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society.


Lauren Hilan

Lauren Hilan is a Senior Vice President of General Star and manager of the Claim Department. She has been in the insurance industry since 1977.  Lauren has worked for the corporation since 1986.  Prior to that, she worked for Northbrook Excess & Surplus Insurance Company, handling multiple lines of coverage.  She holds an Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designation.


Robert Sharrer

Robert Sharrer is a Senior Vice President and Manager of the Business Services Division.  Robert joined General Star in 1987 as a client accountant in the New York branch.  He has held a variety of client, statutory and management accounting roles in General Star, Genesis and General Re Global Finance.  He assumed his current role managing Finance and Accounting for General Star in 2008.  Robert received his  BA from Vassar College and his MBA in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University.   He has obtained his CPCU, AIAF and ARe designations.