We have some executive hires and promotions to tell you about at The Hartford, QBE North America, Validus Holdings’ Talbot Underwriting, Donegal Group Inc., and Wells Fargo Insurance:


The Hartford has appointed two former ACE executives to its personal lines management team. The Hartford

Mary Boyd is now senior vice president and head of the Personal Lines direct channel, a new role that combines direct sales, marketing and service. Casey Campbell rejoined The Hartford as senior vice president and head of the Personal Lines agency channel.

Boyd was most recently at ACE, where she most recently served as the executive vice president of ACE Private Risk Services and previously served as chief operating officer and chief administrative officer. She is also a veteran of companies including Explorer Insurance Company and Chubb.

Campbell is rejoining The Hartford from ACE,. where she helped the organization enter new domestic and international markets and integrate acquisitions. She launched her career at The Hartford 12 years ago focusing on new ventures and later held strategy, agency new business, and sales roles within the company’s Small Commercial business.


QBE North America has promoted one executive and hired another from XL to help beef up operations in its Specialty Programs unit.

Both Erin Fry and Bob Remy will be underwriting vice presidents. QBE-Insurance

Fry, most recently vice president and head of professional liability programs at XL, will focus on developing new business opportunities and managing a number of QBE program portfolios. Fry, before jumping into the insurance industry in 200-8, was a staff attorney with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia.

Remy, previously with QBE’s Standard Lines Programs team, is a P/C veteran with nearly 40 years of experience, with 10 of those years at QBE. The company said it will count on his “strong network” to help forge relationships with existing Specialty Programs partners and establish new ones.

QBE’s Specialty Programs unit (part of QBE Specialty), partners with MGA/MGU program administrators to underwriter management liability and professional lines for trade associations and affinity groups.

Separately, QBE North America said that Eric Pruss has joined the organization as SVP, Head of Personal Lines P&C. Plans are for Pruss, a Firemen’s Fund veteran, to lead the business of personal insurance products distributed through independent agents and brokers, affiliated agencies, and affinity groups, and is also responsible for overseeing QBE’s farm and ranch insurance business.

Pruss, in part, will plan and direct the personal lines business, developing strategy and building strong industry partnerships.


Validus Holdings subsidiary Talbot Underwriting has named two new executives to help grow operations in Latin America.

Louis Sonville is the new managing director of Talbot’s Latin America regional offices. His job: to manage Talbot’s facultative operations in Miami and Santiago and help expand operations.

Additionally, Mario Montero has been promoted to head of underwriting, with a focus on facultative business for Talbot in Latin America. He’ll support Sonville, who will report to James Skinner, Active Underwriter of Talbot’s Lloyd’s Syndicate 1183.


Donegal Group Inc., a property casualty insurance holding company, has made some permanent changes to its leadership team.

Kevin Burke is DGI’s new president and CEO. He had been serving as acting CEO while Chairman, President and CEO Donald Nikolas took a temporary medical leave of absence. DGI’s board of directors officially appointed Burke to the job based on Nikolaus’ recommendation, DGI said.

During Nikolaus’ medical leave, Nikolaus continued to serve as president of Donegal Mutual Insurance Company, which jointly does business with Donegal Group as the Donegal Insurance Group. He’ll remain at DGI as DGI chairman of the board, and also president and CEO of several of DGI’s subsidiaries.

Donegal Group is an insurance holding company whose subsidiaries provide personal and commercial property/casualty lines of insurance in 21 Mid-Atlantic, Midwestern, New England and Southern States.


Chris Calvert
Chris Calvert

Wells Fargo Insurance has promoted an executive who will be tasked with improving its customer service.

Chris Calvert will run the Wells Fargo & Co. unit’s client experience team. The mission: to strengthen customer service throughout its insurance distribution business, including insurance brokerage and consulting, and the personal and small business insurance division.

Calvert, to be based in Colorado, will report to Todd Wartchow, head of insurance strategy and analytics for the insurance broker.

Previously, Calvert was finance manager for Wells Fargo Insurance.

Source: QBE North America, Validus/Talbot Underwriting, Donegal Group, Inc., Wells Fargo Insurance.