Navacord names new president of underwriting solutions

Key hire joins firm from Zurich

Navacord names new president of underwriting solutions

Insurance News

By Lyle Adriano

Navacord has tapped Greg Irvine to serve the newly created role of president, MGA underwriting solutions.

According to Navacord, the new position was established in response to its corporate strategy to expand its MGA practice and growth.

In his new role, Irvine will drive and facilitate the growth of Navacord’s existing and future MGA broker partners, build underwriting programs and products, access alternative insurance markets, and build out underwriting capacity for the Navacord group, a release said.

With more than 20 years of insurance experience, Irvine joins Navacord from Zurich, where he previously served as executive vice president of programs & specialty products for a decade. In that role, he led and managed Zurich’s insurance programs and specialty products division, which included underwriting team portfolios such as programs (all lines), financial lines, surety, as well as accident and health.

Irvine is a graduate of Wilfred Laurier University and holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration.

“We are eager to welcome Greg onboard in this newly created role, which we are confident he will excel in,” said Navacord executive chairman T. Marshall Sadd. “Greg is a brilliant leader with plenty of industry knowledge under his belt; we’re looking forward to working together as he propels our MGA growth and the selected vertical integration of our over $2.5 billion of premium within Navacord.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Greg join Navacord and be the first individual to fulfill this role,” added Navacord president and CEO Shawn DeSantis. “We have no doubt that Greg’s underwriting expertise, passion for innovation and building collaborative teams that display superior performance will be an invaluable asset to our MGA practice.” 

Last week, Navacord announced its newest broker partner in Manitoba, ONYX Financial Group – the company’s very first in a new region. Founded in 1997, ONYX delivers customized insurance solutions, as well as employee benefits and wealth management advice to business owners and families in the province.

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