Global insurer Chubb announced leadership appointments for North America Commercial Insurance, the company’s $5.8 billion retail commercial property/casualty insurance division that serves middle market and small businesses in the United States and Canada.
Ben Rockwell, currently executive vice president and chief underwriting officer of North America Commercial Insurance, has been appointed vice president, Chubb Group and will serve as division president, Chubb Middle Market. James Williamson, currently vice president, Chubb Group and division president, North America Small Commercial Insurance, will serve as division president, Chubb Small Business, which serves small and lower middle market companies.
Williamson and Rockwell will report to Paul Krump, executive vice president, Chubb Group and president, North America Commercial and Personal Insurance.
The appointments are effective immediately. Rockwell and Williamson succeed C. Scott Gunter, who the company said is leaving the company and thanked for his service.
The company also announced that Alex Wells, executive vice president and Commercial Insurance regional manager, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, has been named chief underwriting officer for North America Commercial Insurance, succeeding Rockwell. Wells will report to Rockwell and Williamson.
Rockwell began his career with Chubb in 1997 as a casualty claims representative. In 1999, he joined the company’s casualty department as an underwriter. Throughout his career, he has held a variety of field and home office underwriting positions, including commercial underwriting manager, multi-line executive field underwriter, excess casualty manager, and commercial insurance primary casualty leader for North America. In 2018, he was appointed chief underwriting officer of North America Commercial Insurance.
Williamson began his career with ACE in 2013. Prior to ACE’s acquisition of Chubb in January 2016, Williamson was division
president of ACE Private Risk Services. He has also served as senior vice president, chief operations officer of ACE’s Global Personal and Small Business insurance business, and was chief operating officer for ACE’s International Accident & Health insurance business. He was named division president, North America Small Commercial in 2015. Before joining ACE, Williamson served at The Hartford from 2005 to 2013 in a variety of senior underwriting, sales and strategic planning roles. Prior to The Hartford, he served at Bain & Co. as a consultant.
Wells joined the company in 1992 as an inland marine underwriting trainee. Throughout his career, which spanned both Chubb and ACE, Wells has held a variety of field and home office underwriting positions, including senior underwriter, Mid-Atlantic Zone excess casualty leader; chief operating officer, Westchester Excess Casualty; Specialty Casualty and Construction leader, North America Commercial Insurance; and, since 2017, Commercial Insurance regional manager, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.
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