Topsail Re


Financial Security

Long Term Relationships


About Us

Topsail Re is a closely held total return Reinsurer domiciled in the Cayman Islands with affiliated offices in Greensboro, NC. Our strategy is to be disciplined and patiently develop long term profitable relationships with companies that are like minded.  Topsail Re is not purely opportunistic but rather seeks out business partners that fit our long term view of underwriting and in turn creates a true value proposition to all parties. This opportunity is afforded us as we will have no outside investors. The Company has significant financial backing with a dedicated capital base and the ability to access additional capital to support future growth.

Topsail Re is a US tax paying entity under section 953(d) of the US tax code. 


Leadership Team


Chairman and Chief executive officer

David D. Johnson

David comes to Topsail Re from JLT Re where he was Executive Vice President and Member of the Executive Committee.  His reinsurance background includes extensive knowledge of non-standard and commercial automobile, structured reinsurance, capital market solutions, and regional/national property catastrophe placements. As EVP and a member of the executive committee, he was intimately involved in management of the company. Prior to joining JLT Re, David was President and Chief Operating Officer of Axiom Re, Inc. David was a co-founder of Axiom Re in 2001 which grew to be the 7th largest reinsurance brokerage in the US prior to selling to Brown and Brown Inc. in 2006. Axiom was formed as a result of a spin off from Aon Re, which was David’s first role in the reinsurance industry. David graduated with a B.S. from the Furman University with concentrations in Economics and Finance.

Executive Assistant: Brittany Mitchell,



President and Chief Investment officer

David C. Lee

David comes to Topsail Re from Social Capital Corporation where he was involved in managing the investment portfolio for the company working directly with the majority owner and CEO.  Prior to joining Social Capital, David played in the National Basketball Association for twelve years where he was a two time All-star and won a National Championship.  David graduated from the University of Florida.



Executive Vice President and Chief AcTuary

Robert H. Harnatkiewicz

Bob comes to Topsail from JLT Re where he served as Senior Vice President.  He has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance and reinsurance fields. His background is property and casualty lines of business, with particular expertise with motor.  Prior to joining the company in 2013, Bob was Chief Actuary at Axiom Re responsible for various aspects of analytics, including quota share, excess of loss and stop loss pricing, catastrophe modeling and ERM.  Prior to joining Axiom Re in 2006, Bob worked at Munich Re pricing regional clients for their direct treaty unit, and working in their cost benefit analysis area. Bob also spent 10 years at Reliance Insurance holding various positions in reserving, ratemaking and research.  Bob graduated with a B.S. in Economics with concentrations in Actuarial Science and Finance from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS) and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA). He has served on the CAS Reinsurance Research Committee and Reinsurance Seminar Planning Committee.


EVP and Chief Operating officer

Jacqueline S. (“J.J.”) May

J.J. comes to Topsail from Beach Re where she served as Senior Vice President, Head of Client Services and a member of the Compliance Team.  She has more than 25 years of experience in the reinsurance business.  Prior to Beach Re, J.J. was SVP at Axiom Re responsible for the Contract Wording Department.  J.J. started her career with Willis Re with a brief stent at Aon Re.  J.J. graduated from Elon University.