Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance — the new commercial P/C insurance unit of Berkshire Hathaway — appointed Lori Spoon Rafkin as senior vice president, customer and broker engagement. Spoon Rafkin was previously broker relationship leader, North America, at Zurich Insurance. She is based in New York.
Prior to her role at Zurich, Spoon Rafkin was executive vice president and chief administrative officer, commercial finance division, at CIT Group. Before that, she spent the entirety of her career in the commercial insurance industry, holding numerous senior level positions at Marsh Inc., including managing director and chief of staff of Marsh’s New York operations, as well as sales and industry practice leader with Marsh’s Global Services Group in New York. She began her career as an international underwriter with Chubb Insurance.
Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance officially commenced operations on June 13. Underwriting on the paper of Berkshire Hathaway’s National Indemnity group of companies, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty provides commercial property, casualty, healthcare, executive and professional lines insurance and programs for customers across the U.S. Based in Boston, it has regional underwriting offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.