Ironshore Expands, Realigns Its Wholesale Distribution with Branch Managers

Ironshore, the Liberty Mutual specialty insurance company, has expanded and realigned its wholesale distribution platform with local offices headed by branch managers.

The company believes the new arrangement will better meet the needs of the wholesale brokerage market.

The company said Ironshore will have dedicated wholesale underwriting resources nationwide for its core specialty businesses of property, casualty, environmental, health and professional lines, as well as additional regional distribution resources.

The expanded wholesale distribution team will provide the brokerage community with regional access points to facilitate localized delivery of wholesale products and services.

“Ironshore is investing in a more focused strategy to better meet the unique localized needs of our wholesale brokers, executing upon a balanced and diversified product platform,” stated Ben Johnson, senior vice president, Wholesale Distribution, in the announcement. “We are building preferred wholesale market partnerships, dedicating underwriters and a distribution team specifically to provide exceptional service and solutions for those partners.”

The wholesale distribution team will operate in three regions with assigned executive heads based in existing Liberty Mutual offices: Jessica Ferguson, Wholesale Branch Executive East, Boston; Tara Houvenagle, Wholesale Branch Executive Central, St. Louis; and Eric Guinan, Wholesale Branch Executive West, Los Angeles.

They three branch executives will oversee the development and placement of products and services across the company’s wholesale distribution channels. The team will work with regional underwriting leaders and dedicated specialty wholesale underwriters for Ironshore’s five primary business lines, which are Property, Casualty, Environmental, Healthcare and Professional Lines.

Liberty Mutual acquired Ironshore in 2017. Long-time Ironshore executive Kevin Kelley retired at the end of 2019.