Newfront taps new maritime leader

Company veteran steps into the role

Newfront taps new maritime leader



San Francisco-based insurance brokerage Newfront has announced the promotion of Jessica Graves (pictured above) as the Pacific Northwest maritime leader.

“We have an incredible maritime team based in the Pacific Northwest, and with Jessica's leadership, we are well positioned to help our clients achieve their goals,” said Rod Sockolov, president of business insurance and private client services at Newfront. “Jessica is a seasoned leader with exceptional technical expertise and stellar reputation in the market.”

Graves, who joined Newfront in 2020, brings more than 15 years of industry experience to her new role, the company said in a news release. Her background includes working with diverse clients such as commercial fishing vessels, seafood processors, tug and barge operators, boat builders, shipyards, passenger vessels, and marine contractors.

In her new position, Graves will be responsible for driving new business, recruiting, and further establishing Newfront as a prominent brand within the maritime industry.

“I couldn't be more excited to step into this role with colleagues that I respect and admire, many of whom I worked with when I began my career,” Graves said. “I look forward to finding innovative ways to strengthen our client and carrier relationships, as well as developing employee talent development strategies to ensure the ongoing vitality of the team.”

Graves has been actively involved in the industry and has served on the board of the Marine Insurance Association of Seattle. Additionally, she currently serves on the Seattle Fishermen's Memorial board.

Earlier this month, Newfront expanded its construction team with the appointment of Kyle Duke as construction loss control practice leader. In March, the company appointed Jennifer Wilson as head of cyber.

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