Chubb named a new head of North American Property Claims, as the old one plans a retirement at the end of 2018. AXA XL named a new key executive in the wake of AXA’s acquisition of XL Group. A veteran insurance industry executive is joining the Cooper Levenson law firm.
Chubb named Tim Barziza as head of its North American Property Claims.
Barziza will lead the technical and administrative execution of the Property Claim Service, including the Recovery and the Special Investigations Units across North America for both personal and commercial claims. He will be based in Dallas and report to Megan Watt, head of North America Claims.
Barziza has more than 25 years of insurance industry experience, with just over 15 at Chubb. He joined Chubb as an outside claims representative in 2003, and since then has held various technical and operational claims management positions.
Barziza is replacing Chubb veteran executive Bill Turnbull, who is retiring at the end of 2018.
Turnbull joined Chubb in 1985 as a professional associate and subsequently held various positions of increasing responsibility including as a field adjuster for various business lines, as claims manager for the Richmond and Boston branches, and served in several other claims management roles across first- and third-party claims. He was also instrumental in the opening of Chubb’s first Claims Service Center in Chesapeake, Va., serving as its branch manager. Turnbull will still advise Chubb and work closely with Barziza through the end of the year to ensure a smooth transition.
AXA XL appointed Paul Greensmith as CEO of legal entities Catlin Underwriting Agencies Ltd. and XL Catlin Insurance Co. UK Ltd., subject to regulatory approvals.
Greensmith replaces Paul Jardine, who, as previously announced, will be leaving XL Catlin later this year.
In this role, Greensmith will be responsible for developing and delivering the strategy for the company’s UK units and maintaining their effective operations, in particular ensuring that regulatory responsibilities are met. In addition, Greensmith will be operating as regional leader, UK, in project mode. In this role he is charged with helping define the activities of AXA XL in the UK, as the division takes shape since AXA’s acquisition of XL Group.
Greensmith started his career at RSA in 1997 as a property underwriter on multinational programs business. He has since held positions of increasing responsibility at Lloyd’s, again at RSA, Catlin and then XL Catlin, where he was most recently UK country leader and director of London Market Wholesale starting in January 2017.
Veteran insurance executive Michael Mitrovic has joined the Cooper Levenson law firm in its insurance defense litigation practice.
Mitrovic’s career spans nearly 40 years in the insurance industry. He served as president of Global Claims for Ironshore Inc., where he was responsible for launching the company’s U.S. operations and overseeing the development of specialty product lines and requisite regulatory approvals. Before joining Ironshore, he served for more than 22 years with American International Group (AIG), most recently as vice president of Claims and president of AIG Worldwide Financial Lines. He also co-founded and was president and chief operating officer of Axcelera/ Global Specialty Risk.
Cooper Levenson is a full service law firm with offices in New Jersey, Delaware, Florida and Las Vegas.
Sources: Chubb, AXA XL, Cooper Levenson LLP