Crum & Forster promotes two in A&H division

Company veterans step into newly created roles

Crum & Forster promotes two in A&H division

Life & Health

By Ryan Smith

Crum & Forster (C&F) Accident & Health has announced the promotions of Susan Silfen and Gary Nidds to newly created executive vice president positions.

The promotions acknowledge the extensive operational growth in the A&H division, bolstered by the success of the business units under Silfen’s and Nidds’s leadership, C&F said.

Silfen (pictured above left) has been with the A&H division since its inception in 2000. In her new role as executive vice president of C&F’s Specialty Business Unit, she will continue to be responsible for all A&H specialty products, including leisure and student travel, inbound/outbound travel medical, group accident and special risk, and the occupational accident and alternative risk program business. Silfen will also oversee C&F’s segregated portfolio company, a wholly owned legal entity within C&F.

“Susan has contributed significantly to the success of our division since joining Crum & Forster,” said Gary McGeddy, president of Crum & Forster Accident & Health. “Her achievements at C&F cannot be overstated. From the significant growth of the occupational accident business to our expansion of captive solutions for partners and insureds, to the restructuring of Travel Insured International and reimagining C&F Travel, Susan has led teams through unprecedented and challenging times, while continuing to diversify and profitably grow the Specialty Business Unit, which exceeded $670 million in gross written premium in 2022.”

Nidds (pictured above right) joined C&F in 2018. In his new role, he will continue to lead C&F’s medical and life business units and their suite of products, including employer stop-loss, Medicare supplement, HMO reinsurance and provider excess ancillary and employee benefits, as well as newly launched life insurance products.

“Gary has demonstrated exceptional leadership, capitalizing on market opportunities and guiding the profitable growth of C&F’s medical business unit, which exceeded $685 million in gross written premiums in 2022,” McGeddy said. “And in the last two years, Gary has played a key role in the acquisition of Monitor Life, sparking the creation of our life business unit, plus the acquisition of Partners MGU, which will drive the continued growth of our stop-loss business – a flagship product for the A&H division.”

Silfen and Nidds are the latest additions to Crum & Forster Accident & Health. In January, the company appointed Hallie Harenski as senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. Crum & Forster was also recently recognized for cyber excellence by Marsh.

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