Peeters Joins Main Street America as VP Commercial Lines

February 23, 2010

The Main Street America Group announced that Steve Peeters, who most recently was president and chief operating officer of Jacksonville, Fla.-based Zurich Insurance Services, has joined The Main Street America Group as vice president, commercial lines product.

Peeters will be a member of Main Street America’s senior management team and report to Tom Van Berkel, the company’s chairman, president and CEO. He replaces Henry Pippins, the organization’s former head of commercial lines, who has moved into a new role as president of Main Street America’s Midwest Region.

Peeters will be responsible for all product development, underwriting standards, pricing processes and compliance for Main Street America’s portfolio of commercial lines products and coverages. This includes business owners policy, commercial auto, workers’ compensation and umbrella.

Main Street America’s commercial lines business comprises 55 percent of the company’s $815 million in net written premium.

For the past two years, Peeters led Zurich Insurance Services, which is a privately owned program administration and insurance services company linked with Zurich North America Insurance Co. In this role, Peeters was responsible for $950 million of written premium, primarily in the Zurich Small Commercial business line.

Prior to being named president and COO of Zurich Insurance Services in December 2007, Peeters was the company’s executive vice president and chief underwriting officer. His industry experience also includes several executive roles at Zurich North America: senior vice president and chief underwriting officer, Zurich Small Business; president, East Region, Zurich Small Business; and vice president, Small Business Solutions Underwriting. Peeters also had a very successful 15-year tenure at Hartford Financial Services Inc.

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