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Hires and Promotions at EMPLOYERS, PMA Cos., Assurance and More - Around the Industry

New programs from The Hanover Insurance Group, ACE USA, Stuckey & Co. and Continental Risk.

People & Places

Dwight Robertson has joined EMPLOYERS as its new medical director. He will provide strategic physician oversight for the clinical direction of the company's medical services. Dr. Robertson holds an M.D. from the Duke University School of Medicine. He has had experience working with carriers such as Zenith National Insurance Co., Travelers and AIG.  

Assurance promoted Liz Smith to president of employee benefits. Formerly executive vice president of employee benefits, Smith belongs to the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers, the Blue Cross Blue Shiled Producer Advisory Council, Humana Advisory Council and more. Prior to joining Assurance she served as senior vice president, practice leader of employee benefits for a national insurance brokerage.

Denise Granlun was named vice president for PMA Cos.' Philadelphia branch. She served as assistant vice president of the branch from 2006-2010 and was instrumental in the execution of PMA's agency management and account management initiatives. Granlun has more than 20 years of industry experience.

Ironshore International appointed Steven W. Komis president of Marine RE, Ironshore's specialist marine reinsurance intermediary. Komis has held executive underwriting positions with global reinsurance entities including Axis Reinsurance Co., Gerling Global Reinsurance Corp. and Reliance National throughout his 25 years of industry experience.

Steve Penman was chosen to fill the role of COO at Sedgwick. He has more than 30 years of experience in a variety of leadership roles with Sedgwick after joining the company in 1978. He is credited with helping the company design and develop its JURIS system and grow its specialty claims operations, customer service centers, ancillary services and clinical and cost containment operations.

OSC hired John Dangoia to fill the executive vice president and COO positions. Dangoia will guide the company's senior management team and comes to OSC from CUNA Mutual Group, where he held positions as lender product executive and chief credit officer for commercial and consumer products.

Mark Nichols assumed new responsibilities as executive manager of Markel Specialties' new product development team. He served most recently as managing executive of the company's accident & health business. Nichols is joined by Debbie Anglin, director of new product development. She came to Markel in 2012 as a result of the company's acquisition of Thompson Insurance Enterprises.


New Programs

The Hanover Insurance Group enhanced its technology product suite, Hanover Technology Advantage, building on the company's specialized product suite for small to mid-sized tech companies with a focus on E&O offerings. Coverage highlights include:

  • Claim made coverage
  • Enterprise-wide definition of covered services
  • Broad definition of anomaly
  • Website activity coverage and virus transmission liability
  • Non-binding arbitration
  • Unlimited optional extended reporting period.

Stuckey & Co. introduced Mobile Rhino, an insurance plan for mobile devices underwritten by Chartis/AIG. It was created in response to the growing need for a mobile insurance product for the more than 400 million mobile devices now on the market; in the U. S., only 27 percent of these devices are currently covered under a protection plan. The program also offers agents an opportunity to capitalize on schools and businesses that lend out mobile devices to students and employees. Coverage includes 6-point protection against loss, theft, mechanical malfunctions, electrical malfunctions and accidental damage.

Continental Risk announced a new artisan contractor program in California. Qualifications include:

  • $750 minimum premium
  • Residential
    • Artisan, maintenance or service contractors
    • Subcontracts less than 25%
    • Minimum of weekly on-site supervision and more.
  • Commercial
    • Minimum one year in business with at least 3 years total experience
    • Properly licensed
    • Medium or smaller

ACE USA launched its Data Breach Fund Sidecar program to address the growing potential liability of data breaches due to hackers, lost electronics, dumpster divers and related exposures. The program will provide benefits for small and mid-size organizations and will include a single limit for all data breach expenses separate from the policy's liability limit, an option that is currently unavailable anywhere else on the market.

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