Missouri-Based Safety National Casualty Realigns Management Team

January 14, 2014

Safety National Casualty Corp., based in St. Louis, Mo., has announced management changes and realignment of responsibilities that are scheduled to take effect on March 1, 2014.

Chief Executive Officer Mark Wilhelm will remain in his current position, maintaining overall responsibility for operations and financial results of Safety National and the achievement of strategic objectives.

President Gerald Scott will retire after a successful 30-year career with Safety National. Starting with the company in 1983, Scott has held several positions at Safety National and was most recently appointed president in 2010. During his tenure as president, the company experienced a 91 percent increase in assets, a 99 percent increase in gross written premium and an 85 percent increase in surplus.

Chief Operating Officer Duane Hercules, will take over as president. He is in his 30th year with Safety National and will be responsible for directing all company operations.

Executive Vice President Steven F. Luebbert, will become chief operating officer. Luebbert has 38 years of experience in the industry and is in his seventh year with Safety National. He will be responsible for company operations and leadership of business development, product development, risk control, legal, human resources, claims and policyholder services.

Chief Financial Officer John Csik, will assume the roles of executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief risk officer. He has been with Safety National for 28 years. Csik will be responsible for the leadership of actuarial, finance, information services, ceded reinsurance, loss portfolio transfer and surety.

Gene Maier, senior vice president of workers’ compensation – underwriting, will become executive vice president and chief underwriting officer. Maier has been with Safety National for 30 years. He will be responsible for leadership and supervision over the company’s underwriting efforts for all lines of business.

Seth Smith, vice president of excess workers’ compensation, will become senior vice president of excess workers’ compensation. Smith has been with Safety National for 16 years and involved with the insurance industry for 21 years. He will be responsible for the leadership of underwriting excess workers’ compensation for the company.

Safety National is an alternative market insurance provider that offers a broad range of risk funding products through insurance agents and brokers. Founded in 1942, Safety National is a provider of excess workers’ compensation coverage to self-insured employers and groups nationwide.

Source: Safety National Casualty Corp.

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