People & Places

Berkshire’s Commercial Insurer Hires AIG, Chubb Execs to Enter Canada Market

Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s commercial insurance unit is expanding into Canada as it seeks to win over new clients by offering bigger coverage limits than competitors. The unit, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance, said it hired Darryl DeSouza from American International Group …

QBE Europe Appoints Johnson Surety Underwriter; Targeting Growth

QBE European Operations, the group’s business insurance specialist, announced the appointment of Tom Johnson as Surety Underwriter within QBE’s Trade Credit and Surety department. He will take up his role in February and will report to Steve Manwaring, Surety Manager. …

Tokio Marine Kiln Appoints Woodward Head of Company Liability

Tokio Marine Kiln has appointed Paul Woodward as Head of Liability for its Company platform. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the liability insurance market, and will underwrite Employers, Product and Public Liability risks for clients in the …

XL Expands German Professional Indemnity Offering With Heienbrok Appointment

XL Group has expanded its professional indemnity offering in the German market with the appointment of Jens Heienbrok as professional indemnity manager. XL Group said it made this strategic appointment because the market for professional indemnity insurance cover in Germany …

People – South Central

David Mattax has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to serve as Texas insurance commissioner to replace Julia Rathgeber, who has been tapped as deputy chief of staff for Gov.-Elect Greg Abbott. Mattax previously was deputy attorney general for defense …

People – West

The Cooperative of American Physicians Inc. has named Sarah E. Pacini its new chief executive officer effective Feb. 1. Pacini most recently was vice president of risk management and insurance, president of Advocate Physician Partners Risk Purchasing Group, and chairperson …

People – Southeast

Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. Chief Executive Officer Christopher Swift was named to the additional post of chairman in a transition that occurred earlier than the insurer had initially planned. Swift, 53, replaces former CEO Liam McGee, 60, as chairman, …

People – Midwest

Hays Companies announced that Steve Topel has joined its Chicago operations as president of property and casualty. Topel joins Hays Companies with extensive leadership experience. He served as the president and chief sales officer of The Horton Group, as well …

People – East

Pennsylvania’s Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf has appointed Teresa Miller to be the state’s insurance commissioner in his administration. Miller is an attorney and former administrator of Oregon Insurance Division. She succeeds Michael Consedine, who has been leading the Pennsylvania Insurance Department since 2011. Miller was …

Willis China Unveils New Leadership Team to Drive Expansion

Willis Group Holdings plc, the global risk adviser, insurance and reinsurance broker, has announced a group of internal promotions and moves to strengthen the Willis China leadership team. Mitchell Ma has been appointed as chairman of Willis China. Ma has been …

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