ZURICH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ACE Limited (NYSE: ACE) announced today the future leadership team it intends to appoint for the company’s North America and international Risk Engineering Practices. The leadership appointments will take effect upon completion of the acquisition of Chubb, which is expected in the first quarter of 2016.
The Risk Engineering Practices will offer commercial clients of the new Chubb a range of services focused on identifying exposures, assessing the adequacy of existing controls and working with customers to improve their efforts to minimize losses. The practices will offer customized risk management and loss control programs and specialized consulting geared to the identification of obstacles to quick disaster recovery, such as hard-to-replace machine parts or dependence on a single supplier. The practices will serve the wide range of industries represented in the company’s customer base.
Steven Hernandez will lead the company’s North America Risk Engineering Practice and Home Office Technical Staff. Currently, Mr. Hernandez is Senior Vice President, Worldwide Loss Control Manager for Chubb Commercial Insurance. Mr. Hernandez will be responsible for risk engineering service programs for commercial customers in North America. Mr. Hernandez will also be responsible for the company’s thought leadership on major loss control, environmental health and safety topics.
Reporting to Mr. Hernandez will be:
Mr. Hernandez will report to Paul O’Neill, who is currently Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer for ACE’s North America Property & Specialty Lines division and will continue in that role. Mr. Hernandez will also have a reporting relationship to Christopher A. Maleno, who, as previously announced, will serve as Senior Vice President of the new Chubb Group and Division President, North America Major Accounts, and to Steven R. Pozzi, who, as previously announced, will serve as Senior Vice President of the new Chubb Group and Division President, North America Commercial Insurance.
Raimund Navakas will lead the Risk Engineering Practice for the company’s Overseas General Insurance division. Currently, Mr. Navakas is Senior Vice President and Head of ACE Global Property Risk Engineering. In his new role, he will be responsible for leading the integration of the current ACE and Chubb risk engineering units outside North America, working closely with the international property and casualty lines leadership team to ensure that the units support the Overseas General Insurance division’s underwriting strategies. Mr. Navakas, working closely with Mr. Hernandez, will also lead development and implementation of service strategies targeted to the company’s global client base. Mr. Navakas will report to Mr. O’Neill. Mr. Navakas will also have a reporting relationship to David Furby, who, as previously announced, will serve as Senior Vice President of the new Chubb Group and Division President, Commercial Property & Casualty for the Overseas General Insurance division, and Joseph S. Clabby, who, as previously announced, will serve as Vice President of the new Chubb Group and Division President, Bermuda and Global Accounts.
The company expects to announce additional appointments to the international Risk Engineering Practice at a later date.
In his new role, Mr. O’Neill will have executive responsibility for the company’s more than 400 risk engineering professionals worldwide and for all aspects of risk engineering processes and protocols required to serve the new Chubb's policyholders and distribution network of agents and brokers. For his risk engineering and loss control responsibilities, Mr. O’Neill will report to Paul J. Krump, who, as previously announced, will serve as Executive Vice President of the new Chubb Group and President, North America Commercial and Personal Insurance. For his North America property and specialty lines responsibilities, Mr. O’Neill will continue to report to John Lupica, who, as previously announced, will serve as Vice Chairman of the new Chubb Group and President, North America Major Accounts and Specialty Insurance.
“We are pleased to announce the team that will lead the new Chubb’s Risk Engineering Practices, which draw on the strengths of both companies, including the value-added loss control services that have been an important part of Chubb’s strong relationship with middle market commercial clients,” said Mr. O’Neill. “Steven and Raimund are experienced leaders with a proven track record managing loss control services. Our new team will integrate the best practices of ACE and Chubb as we build a world-class global loss control organization.”
“One of the most powerful ways we can help commercial customers manage their risk is by mitigating or avoiding a costly loss. The combined Chubb and ACE organization will have a network of experienced risk engineers with unmatched industry and technical expertise,” said Mr. Krump. “I am confident that under the leadership of Paul, Steve and Rai, the new Chubb’s Risk Engineering Practices will build on the respective strengths of both companies to deliver trusted advice, insights and solutions that will have a meaningful and positive impact on our customers’ risk management strategies.”
About ACE Group
ACE Group is one of the world’s largest multiline property and casualty insurers. With operations in 54 countries, ACE provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident and supplemental health insurance, reinsurance and life insurance to a diverse group of clients. ACE Limited, the parent company of ACE Group, is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ACE) and is a component of the S&P 500 index. Additional information can be found at: www.acegroup.com.
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