AF Group has announced several executive appointments in its workers’ compensation division.
Michelle McLane has been named senior vice president of business development. McLane has a strong background in underwriting, broker relations and territory management. Most recently, she served as executive vice president of sales for M3 Insurance, a partner agency of AF Group’s United Heartland brand.
“We’re so pleased to welcome Michelle to the AF Group team,” said Steve Cooper, president of AF Group’s workers’ compensation division. “Her proven insights on customer experience and knowledge of both the industry and our organization will be of tremendous value as we continue to build our workers’ compensation brands and best serve our valued agents, policyholders and injured workers.”
McLane will be supported in her new position by Mike Valiante, vice president of business development for Third Coast Underwriters, who has been promoted to vice president of business development for Accident Fund; and Justin Bealhen, vice president of business development for United Heartland, whose role will be expanded to include UH Loss Control and 3CU business development oversight.
Scott Babcock, vice president of customer operations and loss control at 3CU, will expand his responsibilities to include loss control.
Lastly, Montell Taylor has been promoted to vice president of operations for AF Group. In this role, Taylor will lead the company’s Premium Audit team, budget planning and expense management process, and will guide business-process improvement while leading client relations and large account service strategy.
“This is an exciting time for AF Group brands in harnessing their collective strength within our new division,” Cooper said. “These high-performing leaders will help us fulfill our promise to agents and policyholders by delivering the best service in the workers’ compensation business, and I look forward to their contributions to our success.”