Houston-based HCC Insurance Holdings Inc. reported that John N. Molbeck, Jr. would become the company’s president and chief operating officer and his employment contract will extend through May 31, 2009.
Molbeck, who is 59 years old, previously held this position at HCC from 1997 to 2002. Most recently he was chief executive officer for Jardine Lloyd Thompson, a North American subsidiary of a U.K.-listed insurance broking concern, from which he retired in 2005. Molbeck re-joined the HCC Board in April 2005, will remain a director during his tenure as president and is expected to stay on the Board after he retires.
Stephen L. Way, chairman and chief executive officer of HCC, said, “John knows the company very well and he will add real strength to the corporate management group.” Way added, “John will fill an immediate need at the position of president, while working with me in implementing long term executive succession plans for the operations group.”
The position of president and COO has been jointly held by Way with his other responsibilities as chief executive officer; but henceforth, these positions will be filled separately in keeping with the growth, size and complexity of the company.
All insurance related operations will report directly to Molbeck while strategic planning, finance, mergers and acquisitions, and investments will remain under the personal direction of Way.
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