Who is Private Insurance Services?

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Private Insurance Services, the yachting industry’s premier insurance provider is uniquely positioned to place complex insurance solutions for our clients. Our industry experience, commitment to confidentiality, and access to world leading partners ensures optimal client protection.




John Gaffney

John Gaffney has executive responsibility for products, sales, marketing, claims, and support functions across all lines of business. Prior to his position with Private Insurance Services, Mr. Gaffney led the yacht program at Marsh Private client services which specializes in providing customized recommendations for complex risk placements. Throughout his career he has developed an extensive network of yacht builders, yacht brokers, shipyards, and trusted advisors around the world that enable him the ability to provide clients with robust coverage solutions and exceptional service.

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Senior Vice President

Laura Sherrod

A fifth generation Floridian and growing up on a shipyard in Miami, Laura Sherrod was introduced to the marine industry at a very early age which led her to exploring opportunities in her family's yacht insurance business. The family business was acquired by Brown and Brown in 1995 and she was subsequently tasked with leading the newly formed Brown and Brown marine group. For over 30 years specializing in yacht placements and at Lloyd’s as a broker, she has built an extensive global network of partners that give her the ability to assist clients in structuring customized coverages for their vessels.

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Director, Europe

Hugo Jacquot

Hugo is an esteemed insurance professional with more than a decade of experience. Hugo has worked with many large insurance firms including AXA and Steamship Mutual managing worldwide yacht portfolios. He quickly moved through the ranks to become syndicate manager. His experience, management skills, attention to detail and devotion to client service are key to his role with Private Insurance services. Hugo is based in Antibes and speaks French, English, Spanish and Italian.

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Global Reach

Our offices are conveniently located within the United States and Europe to properly support our clients.

Lauderdale Marine Center, West Yard
2015 SW 20th Street, Suite 200
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315 USA
+1 954 320 7533
14 Avenue de Verdun
Antibes, 06600 France
+33 (0) 4 92 90 90 21