CNA’s Fortin Latest Industry Exec to Join Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance

June 20, 2013

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance officially announced the appointment of Dan Fortin as senior vice president, executive and professional lines. Fortin was previously senior vice president of CNA Specialty.

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance, the new commercial P/C insurance unit of Berkshire Hathaway, began laying its foundation in April with the hiring of four key AIG executives — Peter Eastwood, David Bresnahan, Sanjay Godhwani and David Fields. It now has some 40 professionals on board. About half of the employees are in Boston, with the rest spread throughout other regional underwriting offices in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Atlanta.

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance officially commenced operations on June 13, underwriting property, casualty, professional and executive liability insurance and programs for customers in the U.S.

Fortin was responsible for management and professional liability globally at CNA Specialty for nearly a decade, and served as interim CEO of CNA Europe in 2009. He was also previously managing director at Aon Financial Services Group. Before that, he held various underwriting management positions at CNA Insurance Companies.

Fortin has a stellar reputation in the industry and a proven record of spearheading quality, profitable insurance businesses, said Bresnahan, one of the first four AIG executives who joined Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance. Bresnahan now serves as its executive vice president–casualty, health, professional and executive liability. “We are fortunate to be able to bring his innovative-thinking and leadership to our executive and professional lines team,” Bresnahan said of Fortin’s appointment.

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance provides commercial property, casualty, healthcare, executive and professional lines insurance and programs for customers across the U.S. It underwrites on the paper of Berkshire Hathaway’s National Indemnity group of companies.

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