The Hartford has expanded its commercial property practice to offer insurance programs for the public entity sector, with a particular emphasis on public entity risk pools, as cities and counties seek ways to manage insurance costs in the face of tighter budgets and declining tax revenues.
In conjunction with the expanded offering, The Hartford has named Susan Daigle Bencher head of public entity property, reporting to David Carter, senior vice president of Middle Market commercial insurance at The Hartford.
Bencher will manage underwriting, sales and marketing to the public entity sector, with an initial focus on municipalities, schools, housing authorities, and special districts, such as water, sewer, parks and recreation, and transit authorities. Bencher has more than 25 years of insurance expertise, including experience structuring insurance programs for public entities. She began her career as a corporate reinsurance property treaty buyer and served most recently as a leader in Travelers’ national property division.