W.R. Berkley Names Levesque President of Preferred Employers; Gallacher Now Chairman

January 3, 2020

W. R. Berkley Corp. has appointed Dennis J. Levesque as president of its Preferred Employers Insurance subsidiary, a California specialty workers’ compensation writer.

He succeeds Steven A. Gallacher, who has been appointed chairman of Preferred Employers Insurance. The appointments are effective immediately.

Levesque has 30 years of experience in the property/casualty insurance business. Since 2017, Levesque has been president, Regional Insurance, for Sentry Insurance, responsible for independent agency distribution and management of field-based commercial lines operations throughout the United States.

Prior to that, he spent almost five years with Liberty Mutual as president of Pacific region business insurance and as regional vice president for underwriting in southern California.

In 2002, Levesque joined Golden Eagle Insurance, which was acquired by Liberty Mutual in 2008, as vice president of underwriting and in 2008 became regional vice president for southern California.

He began his insurance career with Peerless Insurance in 1992.

Gallacher joined Preferred Employers Insurance as president in 2010. Prior to that he was with Republic Indemnity for two years and American International Group for more than 10 years.

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