Winnipeg – August 31, 2017: Gregg Hanson has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Wynward Insurance Group.
Curt Vossen, who has served as Chairman of Wynward for over 15 years, has retired as Chairman. Mr. Vossen is President & Chief Executive Officer of Richardson International, Canada’s largest agri-food company.
Mr. Hanson is a well-known former executive in the Insurance Industry, having served as President & Chief Executive officer of Wawanesa Insurance. He is currently a Director of Wynward Insurance Group, as well as Wynward’s parent company, James Richardson & Sons Ltd.
Mr. Vossen, commenting on his retirement from the Wynward Board said, “I have tremendous pride & confidence in the leadership team of Wynward. They have built a terrific business, growing new markets, product segments and a revitalized and well-known brand. It has been a pleasure to work with a very talented Board and I thank them for their dedication and leadership.”
Darryl Levy, President & Chief Executive Officer of Wynward said, “I have benefited greatly from Curt’s incredible support over the years. He has been our biggest champion, our loudest cheerleader and a tremendous provider of advice and counsel. Every bit of success we have had is due in large part to Curt’s unwavering support of our strategy, our values and our team. I look forward to working closely with Gregg to build upon Wynward’s growth plan.”
Mr. Hanson joined Wawanesa in 1979 and progressed through various positions with the company. In 1992, he was made President & Chief Executive Officer of Wawanesa. He held this position until his retirement in 2007. He has served on numerous charitable organization Boards, including Chairman of The Winnipeg Foundation, Chairman of Finance for 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, numerous United Way of Winnipeg committees, and many others.
Mr. Hanson is a former Council member of the Insurance Institute of Manitoba, and past member of the Board of the Center for the Study of Insurance Operations. He is Past Chairman of the Insurance Institute of Canada, the Property & Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation and the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction. He was a Board and Executive member of Insurance Bureau of Canada.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Hanson said, “I am delighted to become Chairman of Wynward. The Company has seen strong profitable growth with an energetic, passionate and hard-working team. I look forward to assisting the Company to continue its momentum, as a leading 100% Canadian owned commercial insurer.”