The Berkshire Hathaway-owned GEICO has made a number of changes to its Board of Directors. Ascot Group appointed a former Markel executive to grow its Inland Marine business.


Pionne Corbin and Rick Hoagland have been elected to GEICO’s Board of Directors.

Corbin is senior vice president who oversees the company’s operations in Florida, the Southeast, the Midwest and Centralized Services. Corbin, based at GEICO’s Lakeland, Florida, regional office, began her career at GEICO in 1993 as a management intern.

Hoagland is senior vice president in charge of company’s operations in New York, New Jersey and New England; he also oversees the Indianapolis office. Hoagland, based at GEICO’s Woodbury, New York, regional office, began his career at GEICO in 1994 as a telephone claims representative.

The GEICO Board of Directors took other actions as well.

Three new officers were elected: Yvonne Obeng-Curwood, as assistant vice president of claims at the Houston office; Travis Cober, as assistant VP of claims at the Dallas office; and Rusty Ward, as assistant vice president of underwriting and product management at GEICO headquarters in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Three officers are taking on new duties: Greg Jacobi is serving as assistant VP of claims at the San Diego office, after previously serving as assistant VP of underwriting; Tara Carthew is now assistant VP of liability and personal injury protection claims at the Lakeland office, after previously serving as assistant vice president of claims in Houston; and Paul Measley is assistant vice president of liability claims at GEICO headquarters, after serving as assistant vice president of claims in Dallas.


Ascot Group appointed Jeff Vetter as executive vice president and Head of Inland Marine.

Based in Atlanta, Vetter will build an inland marine practice taking advantage of both the admitted and E&S capabilities of Ascot Insurance U.S. With over 27 years in the business, Vetter joins from Markel, where he led their inland marine division.

Greg Wolyniec, President and CEO of Ascot Insurance U.S. said Vetter’s relationships with brokers and his knowledge of the sector will help Ascot hit the ground running.

Ascot Group is a Bermuda domiciled global specialist in insurance and reinsurance.

Sources: GEICO, Ascot Group