XL Group has launched a regional underwriting operation in Scottsdale, Ariz., the carrier announced last week, saying that it would be staffed by four former underwriters of Scottsdale Insurance— Scott Noffisinger, Katherine E. Schlueter, Rick M. Yale and Kim Ramsey.

In a statement about the launch, Joe Tocco, chief executive of XL Group’s North America Property & Casualty operation, explained, “As a carrier that has built a strong reputation for serving businesses’ most complex risks, our regional expansion is just one way we are strengthening our commitment to our clients’ E&S insurance needs. The other is our investment in the E&S underwriting talent we are announcing.”

John E. Goodloe, president of XL Group’s E&S operation, added, “Closer proximity to our brokers and clients throughout the West will help our underwriting team keep in touch regularly and direct greater personal attention to their E&S insurance needs.” He added that the four hires, with more than 60 years of underwriting experience between them, “are ready to hit the ground running to help our broker partners address their clients’ hard-to place business risks.”

Ramsey and Yale join XL Group’s E&S operation, from Scottsdale Insurance Company, as assistant vice presidents in XL Group’s E&S Excess Casualty product lines, which includes lead and excess layers of commercial excess liability insurance coverage which includes contractors, products liability, general casualty, and transportation classes of business.

Noffisinger and Schlueter join as assistant vice presidents in XL Group’s E&S Primary Casualty product line. In their new roles, they will craft insurance programs to general liability, product liability and other primary casualty needs to mid-to-large-sized businesses.

Source: XL Group plc