Management

David Fried
Chairman and CEO
David is responsible for the oversight of PGH’s strategy, business and operations across its offices. David has more than 30 years of experience in executive global leadership roles. He has an outstanding record of achievements and has an intimate understanding of various sectors in both emerging and developed markets. He also has extensive experience in a number of globally focused strategic roles, having spent 27 years with HSBC where he served in various managerial capacities across the Americas, Asia, the United Kingdom and the Middle East. At HSBC, he was Group General Manager and Group Head of Insurance overseeing the company’s insurance operations across 52 countries with profit of $3bn annually. Previously, he also held executive management roles at Allianz S.E. as CEO for Asia Pacific and at QBE as CEO for Emerging Markets.
 
Paul L. Eckbo, PhD
Vice Chairman

Paul is the founder of PGH and has extensive international management experience in finance, risk management and international services. He is a Norwegian citizen. He has founded and headed successful multi-national, high-tech and service companies. Paul received his PhD from MIT's Sloan School of Management.

Ramneet Walia
CEO Asia

Ram is based in Hong Kong and a key member of the global executive management team. Ram will be responsible for developing and implementing PGH’s strategy as well as overseeing management of its partners relationships in Asia. Ram has over 16 years of insurance experience in various regional leadership roles for leading global players including QBE, AXA and Allianz in Asia. He is highly experienced in distribution, partnerships and M&A across Asia. Before joining PGH, he was the Head of Partnerships for QBE, Emerging Markets.

Leo Zanolini
CEO Americas

Leo is based Miami and a key member of the global executive management team. Leo will be responsible for developing and implementing PGH’s strategy as well as overseeing management of its partners relationships in the Americas. Leo has over 19 years of experience in various Senior Leadership roles in QBE and HSBC in Brazil, Mexico, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the United States. He is highly experienced in Sales and Distribution, Operations, M&A and Corporate Strategy. Before joining PGH, Leo was the COO and Head of Distribution for QBE, Latin America.

Donald A. Hoyt
Executive Vice President

Don is responsible for underwriting, claim administration, business development and the maintenance of the PGH insurers’ reinsurance agreements. His 20 years experience in the reinsurance industry spans analytical and underwriting roles for both primary carriers and reinsurers. Don received his undergraduate degree in management from the University of Massachusetts and his graduate degree in finance from Boston College.

Steven M. Knott, CPA
Chief Financial Officer

Steve has more than 20 years experience in financial management, reporting and consulting having spent 15 years in public accounting, providing auditing, tax, computer and financial consulting services. Previously, he was assistant vice-president of financial services for Oasis Healthcare. Steve has an undergraduate degree from Northeastern University and a graduate degree in Computer Science from Bentley College.

Andrew Sokolov, MS, RN
Global Director of Care Management Services

Bringing a background rich with experience in the healthcare sector along with multi-cultural values to PGH, Andrew drives the Care Management Team in competently attending to all aspects of PGH member care. A graduate of Moscow Medical Institute and Northeastern University in Boston, he has gained over eighteen years’ experience managing all aspects of medical services operations including regulatory, personnel, insurance, communications and training. He is a member of the American Association of Nurse Executives and the American Nurses Association, and incorporates his medical knowledge into his quest for producing optimal patient care. Andrew's exemplary practices in patient care services have notably influenced interest in PGH through testimony of patients who reach full recovery after being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.