Hanover Insurance Enhances Specialty Leadership; Mills to Lead E&S

February 27, 2019

The Hanover Insurance Group has expanded its specialty leadership team to enhance as part of a series of personnel changes the company has made to its specialty business over the last year.

The Hanover announced it has appointed Steven M. Mills president of the company’s excess and surplus (E&S) business. In this role, Mills will work to make it easier for agents to access the company’s E&S offerings. Mills will also help the company expand its existing E&S capabilities, including building a new retail operation for the company’s key retail agents to enable more efficient placement of E&S business, according to the announcement.

Mills most recently served as senior vice president and unit head for the primary casualty unit of IFG Companies. Prior to his time at IFG, Mills spent 13 years at AIG in various leadership roles, as well as in field and home office underwriting positions. He also held roles at Liberty Mutual, Citizens Insurance Co., CNA Reinsurance Co. and Continental Insurance Co.

The Hanover has also promoted James H. Kawiecki to president of surety, responsible for both contract and commercial surety. Kawiecki previously served as vice president of contract surety for the company.

In addition, John A. Rowedder has been promoted to vice president of contract surety and will continue to serve in his current role as chief underwriting officer for contract surety as well.

To complement the specialty leadership team, the company has added two new roles. Jon Martin has joined The Hanover as its new vice president, distribution management, professional lines. Prior to The Hanover, Martin served as vice president, sales and distribution at Berkley FinSecure. Martin will be responsible for new business across the management liability, professional liability and healthcare lines of business.

Christopher J. Zaneski has been promoted as the company’s new vice president, distribution management, specialty property/casualty lines. Zaneski previously served as assistant vice president, distribution management, Hanover Specialty Industrial (HSI) at The Hanover and, in this new role, will be focused on developing new, collaborative business opportunities across the company’s specialty industrial property, marine and E&S property and casualty businesses.

Earlier this month, The Hanover announced it was expanding its international specialty capabilities for domestic businesses with overseas risks through an agreement with RSA Group.

Last December. Hanover sold Chaucer Holdings, a major portion of its Lloyd’s international specialty business, to China Reinsurance Corp. for $940 million in part to reduce its exposure to global catastrophe events.

“As part of our commitment to be the premier property and casualty insurer for our agent partners, we continue to assess our talent and structure to be sure we are supporting our agents in the most effective way possible, helping them drive growth and opportunity,” said Bryan J. Salvatore, president, specialty at The Hanover.

Source: The Hanover

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