About Us

The Indigo Team


Kate Walas

Founder and Chief Underwriting Officer
Kate Walas founded Indigo Specialty Underwriters in October 2021 to provide a technology and service based small business solution for Professional Liability risks. Kate has over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, primarily at AXA XL; most recently at DUAL North America as EVP of the Professional Liability team. Kate has a diverse background in both Underwriting and Strategic Operations, all of which have been in Financial Lines in North America and Internationally. At AXA XL, Kate managed the North American Cyber, Tech and MPL Operations Team and focused on an Alternative Distribution Underwriting Strategy for the business.


Steve Adam

Founder and Senior Vice President
Steve Adam founded Indigo Specialty Underwriters in October 2021. Steve has over 25 years of underwriting experience in the insurance industry mainly underwriting Miscellaneous Professional Liability (MPL) and, most recently as the Head of MPL for AXA XL. Steve’s disciplined approach to underwriting guidelines, target areas of practice, and strong broker relationships has led to substantial growth and success for the Indigo team. Prior to AXA XL, Steve worked for Allstate, Chubb, and Aspen Specialty.


Kevin Kiernan

Vice President
Kevin Kiernan joined Indigo Specialty Underwriters as Vice President in February 2022. Kevin has 25 years of Miscellaneous Professional Liability insurance industry experience and was most recently Vice President on the MPL underwriting team at AXA XL. Kevin’s focus has been through national retail focused accounts as well as wholesale distribution concentrating on the Central Region. Prior to AXA XL, Kevin worked for Reliance National, Zurich Specialties and Arch Insurance Group where he was the profit center manager for the startup MPL product.


Roberta Loura

Founder and Underwriter
Roberta Loura founded Indigo Specialty Underwriters in October 2021. Roberta has over 25 years of experience, most recently at AXA XL in an operations and underwriting role for the MPL Team. Roberta drives operational and servicing standards for the team as well as handling a book of business with top brokers. Prior to joining AXA XL, Roberta had diverse operational, sales and analyst roles at Ascot, Travelers and The Phoenix Insurance Company.