W.R. Berkley Elects New President, Chief Operating Officer

November 4, 2009

Insurance holding company W. R. Berkley Corp. has named W. Robert Berkley, Jr. as president and chief operating officer of the company.

Berkley will manage all of the company’s operating units, adding oversight of the company’s reinsurance and international segments to his current responsibilities. He has been responsible for the oversight of the domestic insurance operations, including its specialty, regional and alternative markets businesses, since 2005.

Berkley joined W. R. Berkley Corp. in 1997 and has served as its executive vice president since August 2005. In addition, he has served on the board of directors since his election in 2001. He held a number of positions in the company, including senior vice president for specialty operations, overseeing the operations of the specialty segment, and president of Berkley International, LLC.

Before joining W. R. Berkley Corp., Berkley worked as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch & Co. He is currently chairman of the board of NCCI Holdings, Inc., the workers’ compensation organization.

William R. Berkley is founder of the company and chairman and CEO.

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