Chubb has a new chief reinsurance officer. JLT Re named a new Atlanta-based executive. QBE North America hired on a new executive from The Hartford. GEICO promoted a rising executive in New York.
Chubb appointed Michael Kessler as its new chief reinsurance officer.
Kessler, who also gains the title of vice president, Chubb Group, was most recently chief actuary of Chubb Overseas General, the company’s international general insurance business.
Kessler is succeeding William O’Farrell, who had been chief reinsurance officer since 2005, and left to pursue other business opportunities.
Kessler will be the executive responsible for design and purchase of reinsurance programs for Chubb and its global business units. He will also manage the company’s reinsurance recoverable asset and oversee relationships with its reinsurers and reinsurance brokers. Additionally, Kessler will chair Chubb’s Reinsurance Security Committee and be a member of its Global Credit Committee.
Kessler will report to John Keogh, Chubb’s executive vice chairman and chief operating officer.
JLT Re appointed Scott Fields as a senior vice president in Atlanta.
In his new role, he’ll focus on the Workers Compensation Unit and focus on growing and expanding JLT Re’s Casualty Practice.
Fields was previously at Willis Re, where he served as senior vice president and was a member of its Casualty and Workers Compensation Practices. Before that, he was a senior vice president at Guy Carpenter, focusing on the production of new business and serving existing client accounts.
QBE Group’s QBE North America hired Jeff Lange as senior vice president, regional executive for the Midwest Region.
Lange will focus on leading QBE’s marketing in 13 states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. He’ll be based in Chicago and drive profitable growth across QBE’s specialized insurance business portfolio. Also on tap: the development of all regional agent and broker relationships. As well, Lange will oversee business and planning, and collaborate with underwriting and claims leadership.
Previously, Lange spent 14 years at Hartford Financial Services Group, most recently as division executive of The Hartford’s Midwest division.
Rick Hoagland is the new vice president of GEICO’s New York regional operations.
Hoagland has been with GEICO since 1994, when he started as a telephone claims representative, and he advanced through several roles before becoming a manager in 2002. Before his latest appointment, Hoagland was regional vice president at GEICO’s Buffalo regional office, where he oversaw insurance operations for the New England region and New Jersey.
Hoagland replaces John Pham, who was promoted to vice president of GEICO’s Virginia Beach region and the company’s military, motorcycle and recreational vehicles division.
Sources: Chubb, JLT Re, QBE, GEICO