XL Names 6 to North America Construction Team

XL Insurance has made six key appointments to its North America Construction team that it established a year ago. The latest additions to XL Insurance’s North America Construction team include:

Lawrence Lejfer — Vice president and senior underwriter for construction professional liability in New York. Lejfer joins XL from Zurich North America where as an underwriting manager he directed the company’s construction professional liability and builders risk books of business for the Northeast.

Raymond Allen — Assistant vice president and senior underwriter for construction professional liability in New York. Allen joins XL’s Construction team from its Environmental unit where he served as a professional and pollution liability underwriter for XL construction and environmental clients. Prior to his underwriting positions with XL, Allen also served as an environmental claims consultant for claims involving remediation projects and national spill response management program.

Michael Baxter — Vice president of property in XL’s Toronto office. Baxter is responsible for managing XL Insurance’s Canadian property business, including energy and construction-related property coverages. He joins XL Insurance from Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, where he was vice president of engineering and construction. Previously he served as CEO and chief agent of Arch Insurance Group’s Canadian operations, and was worldwide chief underwriting officer for Arch Insurance Group’s Onshore Energy and CAR/EAR businesses. Prior to joining Arch, he was vice president in the marine and energy practice of Marsh Canada Limited in Calgary. Baxter also spent more than 10 years with Starr Technical Risks Agency.

Jim Richert — Risk engineer for subcontractor default insurance in New York. Richert joins XL Insurance’s North America Construction team from Zurich Services Corp. where he spent the last five years as a senior risk engineering consultant serving professional liability, subcontractor default and casualty insurance clients. He also brings hands-on construction industry experience to XL having spent nine years working for a major U.S. heavy/highway/transit contractor.

Mark Kulas — Senior underwriter for Construction property in XL’s Chicago office. He joins XL from Zurich North America where he was a senior account executive underwriting inland marine/builders risk. Prior to his tenure in underwriting, he worked for Zurich’s property claims department for nearly a decade handling large losses and catastrophe claims.

Nancy Rummel — Vice president and executive underwriter in Construction primary casualty and based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Rummel brings 30 years of multi-line underwriting experience to XL. Most recently, she was managing account executive for Zurich North America, helping establish their construction underwriting operation in Indianapolis and managing activities in Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan. Her career also includes underwriting management and staff positions with CNA Insurance Co. and Aetna Casualty.