Business, Home Safety Institute Changes Leadership

June 6, 2011

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety announced a change of leadership with the elevation of Carl Hedde, senior vice president of Munich Reinsurance America Inc., from vice chairman to IBHS chairman. In addition, Mark Pizzi, president and chief operating officer, Nationwide Insurance, will become IBHS vice chairman.

Hedde succeeds Kevin Kelso, former chief marketing officer of Farmers Insurance. Pizzi, who as the Institute’s vice chairman will lead the organization’s executive committee, succeeds Hedde, who has served as IBHS vice chairman since January 2010.

Members of the IBHS board of directors are Edward Collins, vice president and assistant general counsel, Allstate Insurance Co.; Robert DiMuccio, president and chief executive officer, Amica Mutual Insurance Co.; J. Smith Harrison, Jr., secretary and executive director, South Carolina Wind & Hail Underwriting Association; Sue Johnson, senior vice president, General Re Corp.; Lawrence Lange, vice president and chief underwriting officer, Auto Club Insurance Association; Stephen McAnena, chief product officer, Liberty Mutual Group; David Meehan, president, Bankers Insurance Group; Kevin Nattrass, president and chief executive officer, Berkley Mid-Atlantic Group; Steven Peeters, senior vice president, Product Operations, Main Street America Group; Jeff Reinig, senior vice president, Home Product Management, Farmers Insurance Group; Jon Riekse, senior vice president, Personal Lines Underwriting, Auto-Owners Insurance Group; Julie Rochman, president and chief executive officer, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety; James Salek, vice president, underwriting, USAA; Mark Silverman, vice president, MetLife Auto & Home; Erin Skala, ARe, president and chief operating officer, ACE Tempest Re; Timothy Smith, vice president underwriting, American Agricultural Insurance Co.; Don Soss, chief underwriting officer and vice president, Personal Insurance, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co.; Brian Suzuki, chief actuary, AAA Northern California Nevada Utah Insurance Exchange; Craig Tillman, president, WeatherPredict Consulting Inc., an affiliate of RenaissanceRe; Greg Toczydlowski, executive vice president, president of Personal Insurance, Travelers; Gary Vallo, chief executive officer, MiddleOak; Michael Zavasky, executive vice president, Insurance Operations, Erie Insurance; and Joe Zwettler, vice president of Brokerage and Alliances, American Family Insurance.

Rod Matthews, underwriting vice president with State Farm Fire and Casualty Co., is immediate past chairman and chairman emeritus is Wilson Cooney.

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