SECURA Insurance, based in Appleton, Wis., announced that President and CEO John Bykowski will retire from the company effective July 1, 2014.

Bykowski has led SECURA for 16 years of long-term profitable growth by building a people-focused culture and first-rate agent relationships, the company said. Bykowski will continue as chairman of the board after his retirement.

Dave Gross, senior vice president-underwriting operations, will be appointed president and chief operating officer on Sept. 1, 2013. In this capacity, he adds responsibility for claims operations, with Senior Vice President Scott Huiras reporting to him. This promotion positions Gross to become president and chief executive officer effective the day after Bykowski retires.

Gross joined SECURA in 1997 as vice presidents-sales. In 2001, he was promoted to his current position with responsibility for both underwriting and sales.

Senior Vice President and CFO Kathryn Sieman will be appointed executive vice president on Sept. 1, 2013, making her the company’s second-highest ranking executive. She also will remain CFO and continue to lead the company’s finance and information technology areas.

Sieman joined SECURA in 1992. In 2005, she was promoted to senior vice president, named CFO in 2007, and in 2012 the company’s information technology division became part of her team.

More than 430 independent insurance agencies in 12 states represent the SECURA, which provides a broad range of competitive commercial, personal, farm, nonprofit, and special events products.

Source: SECURA