NU Online News Service, Nov. 4, 3:09 p.m. EST

W.R. Berkley Corp. announced that Robert Berkley Jr., the 36-year-old son of company founder and Chief Executive Officer W.R. Berkley, has been named president and chief operating officer.

The company said yesterday Mr. Berkley Jr.'s appointment was effective immediately following his election to the posts by the company board. COO is a new position in the company.

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