Swett & Crawford, based in Atlanta, has made several changes to its senior management team.
Shaun Hooper, who moved from Swett & Crawford’s parent company, CGSC (Cooper Gay and Swett & Crawford) where he was group chief commercial officer, will now assume the role of chief operating officer at Swett & Crawford. In this position, Hooper’s will work closely on strategic development of Swett’s broader business. He will oversee Swett’s division and practice groups and assume accountability for the commercial aspects of Swett’s business. The company’s division leaders and practice group leaders will report to him. Hooper joined CGSC in July 2009 as head of group operations. He then became CEO of Cooper Gay’s UK operation before his current role of group chief commercial officer for CGSC. He was previously chief operating officer of Bluefin Insurance Services.
In another management move, veteran Swett executives Mike Brennan and Michael Ruhe, both executive vice presidents and division leaders, have been named corporate sales directors and will be joining the HMSC board in that role. They will work closely with J. Neal Abernathy, president and CEO, and Hooper to continue to accelerate the growth of the company’s business, both organically and through judicious acquisition opportunities. Brennan, who has been with the company since 1992, and Ruhe since 1987.
Swett & Crawford also announced the establishment of a new position, sales and client manager, to which Michael Baeurle has been appointed. Baeurle moves to Swett & Crawford from ACE, where he was most recently national sales manager. In this new role, he will be working to develop a more structured and coordinated approach to the management and development of the company’s client base.
The combined group of Swett & Crawford and Cooper Gay writes $3.5 billion in premiums, and is one of the world’s largest global wholesale brokerage and reinsurance organizations with more than 1,400 insurance professionals in 63 offices on five continents.
Source: Swett & Crawford