The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. has appointed James Gardiner to lead its new Renewable Energy Unit. The new unit will provide specialized underwriting and a full suite of property and casualty insurance products and services for makers, builders and operators of renewable energy.
John Davison also has joined the company as renewable energy underwriting director, reporting to Gardiner.
Gardiner will be responsible for the unit’s overall execution and management with a focus on business development. Gardiner has played a key role in The Hartford’s expansion into the renewable energy industry. He has represented The Hartford on the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) since 2009, serving as co-chair of its risk management working group and a member of the finance and investment committee.
Gardiner is also collaborating with the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF) to understand the risk management needs of and potential solutions for early stage renewable energy companies, and his team has contributed to a National Renewable Energy Laboratory study.
Davison brings more than 30 years of underwriting experience in the energy and related industries. He will be responsible for shaping The Hartford’s underwriting position and helping to deepen relationships with specialist distribution partners. Most recently, Davison served as senior underwriter in the global energy division of Zurich Insurance. He will be based in The Hartford’s Houston office.
The Renewable Energy Unit will be based in The Hartford’s Southwest regional office, under the leadership of Regional Vice President Tim Nelligan. Gardiner will work closely with Nelligan in establishing The Hartford’s renewable energy field distribution strategy, with an initial focus in Texas, California and New Jersey this fall and a broader rollout planned for 2011.
Source: The Hartford
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