Safeco and Colorado Casualty Announce New Mountain Region Operations

Safeco Insurance and Colorado Casualty, both Liberty Mutual Agency Markets companies, announced key management appointments to lead their respective personal and commercial lines operations in their Mountain territory.

Claudette A. Kenmir has been named vice president, Safeco Insurance, and Mountain regional general manager. Kenmir has been with Safeco for 20 years, most recently as vice president, West regional executive. In this new capacity, she will be based in Golden, Colo., and will be responsible for profit and growth throughout Safeco’s six-state Mountain territory.

Joining Safeco’s Mountain personal lines field operations as Agency Managers and reporting to Kenmir are: Branka Dramicanin, representing Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico; and Susan Swanson, representing Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

Ronald Casner and Philip R. Lucca continue in their capacities as regional vice presidents for Colorado Casualty’s commercial lines operations, with Casner representing the Arizona region, and Lucca representing the Denver region.

Colorado Casualty recently appointed Kim Schafer as assistant vice president of marketing, and Richard Miles as assistant vice president of underwriting.

As announced by Liberty Mutual Group on September 22, the Agency Markets business unit’s personal lines will be sold under the Safeco brand. Colorado Casualty will be the exclusive provider of commercial lines business in its six-state Mountain territory, where Safeco will also offer personal lines. Strong agency relationships and commitment to the independent agency system will continue to be the hallmarks of both companies.

“We’re drawing from the strengths in our collective organization to bring the best talent and experience to our regional operations,” said Michael Hughes, executive vice president, Agency Markets, and president, Safeco Insurance. “By placing management personnel in regions where they have great familiarity, we strengthen our agency relationships and are able to compete at a much higher level.”

“As Colorado Casualty shifts to its commercial lines focus, we’re very excited about the opportunities this presents for our agents,” said Keith Braxton, president and CEO, Colorado Casualty. “Through close coordination with our Safeco personal lines colleagues, our agents can expect consistent ease-of-doing business service on both sides of the house. For commercial lines, look for innovative products that go to market faster, and pricing and services closely tailored to local needs.”

Colorado Casualty and Safeco are leveraging the new Agency Markets national/regional model to deliver greater resources and an expanded appetite and product set to their agents. Working in close coordination, both operations will provide:

•Local management and pricing with national product development;
•Local agency support with national market research and analytics; and
•Local claims and underwriting staffs with a national technology infrastructure.

Safeco personal lines agents will offer innovative, high-quality personal insurance products. Specialty coverages including motorcycle, watercraft, recreational vehicle, and classic car are available nationally, in addition to auto, home, condo, rental, and umbrella coverages.

Colorado Casualty commercial lines agents will continue to focus on the small-to mid-market, offering a product portfolio that includes BOP, packages, commercial auto, workers’ compensation, inland marine, and umbrella. Agents also have access to specialty products including farm, monoline inland marine, excess casualty and national programs, such as sports and fitness, self-storage insurance, nonprofits, and insurance agents E&O, under the Liberty Agency Underwriters brand.