General Counsel & Company Secretary
Kelli Close-Smith joined HSB Engineering Insurance ('HSBEIL') in 2007 as in-house Legal Counsel and in June 2012 became General Counsel with responsibility for the legal and compliance functions. In October 2014, she was also appointed HSBEIL's Company Secretary.
Kelli qualified as a lawyer in the US in 1992, and then qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales. Prior to joining HSBEIL, Kelli worked as a lawyer in private practice from 1993 to 2007. During that time she advised insurers and brokers on a variety of insurance-related matters including coverage disputes; wordings for insurance, reinsurance and delegated underwriting authorities; market conduct issues; and regulatory compliance. Her experience includes six years as part of a team that acted as US General Counsel to Lloyd’s of London.
Before qualifying as a lawyer, Kelli worked as an insurance broker in London from 1988 to 1989.
Kelli earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, and a Doctorate in Law at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA.