Chubb has announced leadership appointments for North America Commercial Insurance, its $5.8 billion retail commercial property-casualty insurance division, which serves middle-market and small businesses through 48 offices in the US and Canada.
Ben Rockwell, currently executive vice president and chief underwriting officer of North America Commercial Insurance, has been appointed vice president of Chubb Group and will serve as division president of Chubb Middle Market. James Williamson, currently vice president of Chubb Group and division president of North America Small Commercial Insurance, will serve as division president of Chubb Small Business.
Rockwell and Williamson will report to Paul Krump, executive vice president of Chubb Group and president of North America Commercial Insurance. They succeed C. Scott Gunter, who is leading the company.
“It’s a great pleasure to appoint Jim to lead our exciting and fast-growing small commercial and lower middle-market business,” Krump said. “This is a high-volume, high-tech segment where efficiency and ease of doing business is the name of the game, and Jim is a proven insurance executive and business builder in this space. He understands the importance of offering a 100% digital experience for our agents, and is the right executive to lead our efforts as we continue to penetrate the $100 billion US small commercial market.
“I am equally delighted to appoint Ben to lead our middle-market business, which is a core Chubb franchise,” Krump said. “Ben is an experienced and seasoned underwriting executive. His expertise and leadership skills will be instrumental as we execute our ambitious growth strategies and provide the industry’s leading product and service capabilities for middle-market companies across North America in more than 25 industry practices, each supported by a team of underwriting, claims and risk-engineering professionals.”
The company has also announced that Alex Wells, executive vice president and commercial insurance regional manager for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, has been named chief underwriting officer for North America Commercial Insurance, succeeding Rockwell. He will report to Rockwell and Williamson.