Meet MS Transverse

The MS Transverse team works to deliver significant value and tailored solutions to our partners through every aspect of the insurance transaction.


Erik Matson


Erik Matson is Chief Executive of MS Transverse, EVP/Regional Executive and Board Member of MSIG Holdings (USA), Inc. He co-founded Transverse Insurance Group in 2018 and was its Chairman & CEO through the sale to Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Group in 2023.

Prior to starting Transverse, Erik worked globally across a broad portion of the P&C/Specialty Insurance segment running both commercial and personal lines with responsibility for all distribution, operations, strategy, and underwriting .

His executive roles included President – Americas (Canada, US, Latin America) ; CEO for all Small/Medium Commercial Lines (across all commercial lines) and simultaneously, leadership of Lexington Insurance Program businesses (combined ($7.5B+ in revenue) for AIG. Before moving into the Americas role, he was President of CEMEA (Central Europe/Russia/Middle East and Africa) for the SME (Small and Medium Enterprise) business and started as the CEO/Specialty Lines Officer for Emerging Markets globally (55 countries x-Western Europe and US).

Prior roles have seen him as a founding executive of an innovative wholesale insurance brokerage as well as key product and underwriting roles for one of the world’s largest reinsurer. Formative roles included a senior consulting role with Booz*Allen & Hamilton and started his career as a underwriter trainee. He retired from the US Air Force Reserves as a Lt Colonel.

Dave Paulsson


Dave Paulsson is President of MS Transverse and CEO of MS Transverse Asset Management. He co-founded Transverse Insurance Group in 2018 and was its President through the sale to Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Group in 2023.

Prior to starting Transverse, Dave spent 15 years investing in private companies and funds on behalf of banks, asset managers, and family offices. His final role was as Portfolio Manager of Paragon Outcomes, a $1.5 billion multi-family office with a broad portfolio of investments in insurance and other industries. On behalf of Paragon, he also served on the Advisory Board of numerous asset management platforms, including funds managed by Fortress Investment Group, Atalaya Capital Management, MC Asset Management, and DYAL Capital Partners. Dave also holds CFA and CAIA designations.

Executive Leadership

Ethan Allen

Executive Vice President
Chief Risk Officer

Ethan is an experienced insurance executive with over 25 years of experience spanning multiple disciplines and industry segments. Preceding his time at Transverse, he served as Division Executive for AIG Programs, growing the division to exceed $1B in premiums across all of North and South America. He held previous roles of increasing responsibility in other divisions within AIG during his 16-year tenure there. He spent time prior to AIG at a start-up E&S carrier subsidiary of PMA Capital after having started his insurance journey with MetLife Auto & Home. Ethan is a credentialed actuary in the Casualty Actuarial Society.

Jamie Coleman

Senior Vice President,
Regulatory & Compliance

Jamie is a seasoned regulatory & compliance professional with over 30 years of experience in the property and casualty insurance industry. Prior to joining Transverse, she was an integral part of a start-up program carrier, admitted in 44 states, and served as Vice President of Regulatory & Compliance and Assistant Secretary. During her 20+ years at The Republic Group, she was responsible for building, from the ground up, and overseeing the regulatory compliance department for Republic’s program business segment.

Kristin Cubberly

Senior Vice President,
Chief People Officer

Kristin is a skilled human capital executive with over 15 years of extensive experience in strategic planning, recruiting & analysis, policy development and change management. She was most recently Principal and Director of Human Resources at Siguler Guff & Company, where she led the Human Resources function for the global private equity firm. She began her career in human resources at Oz Management, and held various titles, most recently as a Human Resources Business Partner. Kristin also worked at Morgan Stanley and Sanford C. Bernstein.

John Fitzgerald

Executive Vice President
Chief Financial Officer

John is an experienced senior finance executive with more than 20 years of diverse experience in and around the Property & Casualty insurance industry. He was most recently Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller at ProSight Specialty Insurance, helping to both take them public and be acquired in a private transaction in his time there. He held previous senior roles at QBE Insurance, including CFO of the Equator Re division in Bermuda. He started his career with Ernst & Young LLP in their assurance practice.

Paul Goodwin

Executive Vice President
Head of Reinsurance Strategy

Paul is a 40+ year insurance and reinsurance veteran with significant expertise in business development, client & broker relations and strategy development & execution. Prior to Transverse Paul was the Head of US Broker Relations and SVP of Global Clients for PartnerRe. Prior to PartnerRe Paul spent 30 years with Munich Re America where he was a member of the Reinsurance Division leadership team and held various positions including broker & client management, business development, underwriting and claims. Paul’s experience is non-life working with international and domestic global & national companies, MGA’s and regional companies. Paul has P&C insurance company board experience and has earned numerous industry designations.

Dennis Sparks

Executive Vice President
Chief Underwriting Officer

Dennis is an experienced senior executive with more than 30 years of diverse Property & Casualty industry experience.  He most recently co-led the program administrator Safehold Special Risk as EVP/Chief Underwriting Officer.  During his career, Dennis has held positions of Chief Financial Officer, Chief Actuary, Treasurer, and Head of Ceded Reinsurance.  He began his career as an actuarial student with USF&G.

Ric Victores

Senior Vice President
Head of Business Development

Ric has over thirty years of experience in the Property and Casualty insurance industry.  He has a diverse background with various underwriting, business development and operational roles including being Chief Sales and Marketing Officer when his previous company (ProSight) went public. He has also held senior roles with Firemen’s Fund and Liberty Mutual.

John Williams

Senior Vice President
Head of Operations

John joined MS Transverse in 2023 from Accenture, where he was a Managing Director.  Prior to this, he served in senior roles in the Insurance industry and in Management Consulting.  John holds a BA from Haverford College and an MBA from NYU Stern.

Dave Zakutansky

Executive Vice President,
Chief Investment Officer

David Zakutansky is an executive with over 15 years of experience in principal investing across traditional and alternative asset classes. He is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer at MS Transverse.  Prior to joining MS Transverse, he was a partner at Paragon Outcomes, a private investment firm focused on investments in real assets and financial services strategies.  David began his career in investment banking at BNP Paribas.  He is a Certified Public Accountant (State of New York) and a CFA Charterholder.

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