Global Special Risks (GSR), the wholesale insurance broker and managing general agent of Willis’ subsidiary, London-based Faber & Dumas, announced it has established an office in Calgary, Alberta, Canada to “more effectively serve its existing and prospective clients in the local oil and gas industry, with plans to expand to other industries in the future.”
GSR also announced the appointment of Selena Halasz to head the new office. She will be responsible for “delivering to local clients the full range of GSR’s underwriting, risk management and claim services, including their new Property Facility and Wellsure®, the preventative energy risk solution offered in partnership with Boots & Coots Services, the premier worldwide well control specialists,” said the bulletin.
Halasz brings nine years of oil and gas insurance experience to GSR. She joins the company from the Energy Practice Group at Aon Reed Stenhouse. She has also been an underwriter for upstream oil and gas risks at the Energy Insurance Reciprocal (formerly Canadian Petroleum Insurance Exchange), and later a broker with Willis Canada focusing on oil and gas production and energy services accounts.
Halasz earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Risk Management and Insurance from the University of Calgary, and holds the Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designation from the Global Risk Management Institute (affiliated with the Risk and Insurance Management Society).
“We are extremely pleased to establish a permanent presence in Canada and to appoint Selena Halasz to head our new office in Calgary,” noted Rick Burns, president of GSR. “With her strong background in the oil and gas industry, Selena is a terrific choice to work with our local clients and provide them with superior risk solutions and the best possible personalized service and attention. Calgary also gives us a solid base upon which to expand our business throughout Canada.”
GSR’s new office is located at 630 Sixth Avenue, S.W., Suite 1000, Calgary, AB T2P 0S8, telephone (403) 767-9209. In addition to the office in Calgary, GSR has offices in New Orleans, Houston and Dallas.
Source: Global Special Risks – Willis
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