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Merz Joins Westfield Insurance as Actuarial, Analytics Leader

Westfield Insurance, a super-regional property/casualty insurance carrier based in Westfield Center, Ohio, hired James Merz to the new role of group actuarial and analytics leader. Merz assumes overall responsibility for the company’s Analytics Resource Center and the Actuarial department. Merz …

RLI Promotes 2 in Claim Department

Peoria, Ill.-based specialty property/casualty insurer RLI Corp. has promoted two leaders within the claim department. Andrea Dean, assistant vice president, Claim counsel, has been promoted to vice president, Claim counsel. Dean will continue to be responsible for managing claim-related litigation …

Michigan Hit with Damaging Winds, Tornados, Flooding

A series of severe thunderstorms that pushed damaging winds and tornados into several parts of Michigan on Monday and Tuesday wrecked homes and knocked out power to thousands of people, officials said. From Monday afternoon through early Tuesday, the National …

Severe Storms, Tornado Damage Homes, Injure 7 in Illinois

At least seven people were injured as severe thunderstorms that swept across northern Illinois spawned a tornado, damaged homes and uprooted trees. Particularly hard hit Monday night was Coal City, a community of approximately 5,000 residents about 60 miles southwest …

Reitzel Joins NAS Insurance Services in Minneapolis

NAS Insurance Services has expanded its Specialty Reinsurance and Programs team with the addition of Joe Reitzel in Minneapolis, Minn. Reitzel will serve as senior vice president of the division. NAS Insurance, based in Encino, Calif., is a full-service specialty …

More Rain for Water-Soaked Missouri a Concern

Rain-swollen rivers either crested or started to fall across much of Missouri on June 22, but a National Weather Service flood expert warned that more rain is on the way over the next several days and the water could rise …

NFP Acquires Chicago’s Schwartz Insurance Agency

Insurance broker and consultant, NFP Corp., has acquired Schwartz Insurance Agency Inc. (SIA), located in the Chicago area. SIA is a third-generation insurance broker specializing in commercial lines. The firm joins NFP Property & Casualty’s Midwest region, where Michael L. …

Midwest Employers Casualty Adds Branco as Medical Director

Midwest Employers Casualty Company (MECC), which specializes in excess workers’ compensation, has hired Dr. Fernando S. Branco as medical director. Branco will lead a team of six medical management consultants who work with third party administrators to implement interventions to …

Michigan Regulators OK Meadowbrook/Fosun International Transaction

Michigan insurance regulators have approved the acquisition of Southfield-based Meadowbrook Insurance Group Inc. by China’s Fosun International Limited. Meadowbrook Insurance Group announced that it received the required regulatory approvals from the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services on June 18, …

Ohio Settles with Rock Salt Firms, Sets Up Online Claims Process

Ohio has introduced an online claims process to allow local governments to claim a share of the $11.5 million settlement with two rock salt producers that state officials say conspired to drive up prices. Public entities in the state that …

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