Allied World Assurance Co. Holdings announced Tuesday that it has opened a branch office in Toronto, Ontario to further expand its North American insurance operations.

“Opening an office in Canada has been a strategic objective of Allied World for some time,” said President and CEO Scott Carmilani. “With 12 branch offices working toward full capacity throughout North America, we have greater proximity to all of our customers and trading partners and we are well positioned for further expansion.”

Gord Kerr has been appointed senior vice president, chief agent and branch manager for the region. Kerr will be responsible for the production and profitability of the region as well as managing distribution channels and broker and regulatory relationships.

Kerr has over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, specifically in Canada. Prior to joining Allied World, he spent four years as CEO and chief agent for Arch Insurance Company’s Canadian operations. Before joining Arch, he spent 28 years with AIG in Canada, holding various management positions, including chief operating officer for AIG in Canada.

Source: Allied World