Assurant Inc., a New York-based provider of specialty insurance and insurance-related products and services, announced its president and chief executive officer Robert B. Pollock, 59, plans to retire as an officer and director at year-end 2014 following a 33-year career with the company. He served in various senior executive positions at Assurant and has been the company’s president and CEO since 2006.
Assurant said its Board of Directors has commenced a comprehensive search to evaluate both internal and external candidates for the CEO post.
Assurant said that during Pollock’s tenure as CEO, the company expanded its business in new growth areas — including mobile protection, multi-family housing and voluntary worksite benefits — and strengthened its international operations.
Assurant also announced that Michael J. Peninger, 59, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will retire this year after 29 years with the company. Christopher J. Pagano, 50, currently Assurant’s executive vice president, chief investment officer and treasurer, will succeed him as CFO, effective Aug. 15, 2014, the company announced.