CNA appointed a new VP to lead its technology segment. AXIS Insurance hired an industry veteran to lead its primary casualty business in the Northeast and Midwest. Arch Insurance expanded its travel insurance sales team.


CNA has appointed Gregg Fergot to lead its technology segment as vice president of underwriting.

He will be based in San Francisco and report to Dieter Korte, SVP of customer segments.

Fergot joins CNA with more than 25 years of experience in the technology underwriting field. He most recently served as VP, head of technology, middle market commercial, for Zurich. Fergot also held prior roles at Travelers and Chubb.


AXIS Insurance has hired industry veteran James DeSimone to a new role as senior vice president of primary casualty.

DeSimone will manage the underwriting team responsible for primary casualty in the Northeast and Midwest regions. He will report to Janet Jordan-Foster, EVP of primary casualty, and be based out of the New York office.

DeSimone has more than 30 years of insurance industry experience, most recently serving as an SVP at Western World Insurance, where he was responsible for the primary casualty and professional lines brokerage units. He previously held underwriting and management roles at Zurich North America, Continental/CNA Insurance and AIG.


Arch Insurance has expanded its travel insurance sales team with the addition of Cory Sobczyk and Dan Povondra as vice presidents of business development and Lynn Barty as regional sales director.

The newcomers, who bring a combined 40 years of business development experience to Arch, were all formerly with Travelex Insurance Services, headquartered in Omaha, Neb., which became part of Australia’s Cover-More Group in 2016.

Sobczyk and Povondra will report to Linda Fallon, senior vice president of travel.

Sources: CNA, AXIS, Arch Insurance