Chubb created a new executive position within its North America Commercial Insurance in North America. The Navigators Group appointed a former Chubb executive to lead a division within its U.S. underwriting operation. Alliant hired two executives to lead its new Baton Rouge, La. office.


Barb Sandelands (PRNewsfoto/Chubb)

Barbara Sandalands is Chubb’s new executive vice president and Customarq package product manager for its Commercial Insurance division in North America.

This is a newly-created position, and Sandelands will be responsible for profit and loss, product and system development, and distribution management of the company’s Customarq package policy, which offers property and liability insurance protection to middle market clients in 489 offices in the United States and Canada.

Previously, Sandelands was with CNA, where she served as senior vice president of Underwriting Services going back to 2016. Before that, however, she was at Chubb, as workers compensation manager for its Commercial Insurance Division, and had been with Chubb since 1984.


The Navigators Group appointed Chubb veteran James Rhyner president of the Navigators Pro division of Navigators Management Company, its U.S. underwriting operation.

In his new role, Rhyner will lead Navigator’s U.S. directors and officers and errors and omissions businesses. He’ll be based in Iselin, N.J.

Rhyner is a 30-year industry veteran. Previously, he was Chubb, where he served as senior vice president, Professional Liability. Before Chubb, he was a partner in Avreco, a professional liability wholesale broker and managing general agent.


Alliant hired two executives to lead its new Baton Rouge, La. office – Steve Gaffney and Scott McLaughlin. The branch will focus on the company’s Alliant Americas middle market division.

Gaffney, a 35-year insurance industry veteran, has previous regional management experience in insurance broking and specialized in high-risk property/casualty accounts. He joins Alliant as a senior vice president.

McLaughlin, signing on as vice president, has 23-years experience in the insurance industry and has specialized in the design and use of technical, heavy casualty insurance products with a focus on construction, environmental and marine exposures. He also has previous regional insurance broking experience.

Sources: Chubb, The Navigators Group, Alliant