13 October 2017Insurance

Argo hires Hartford marine head to lead new US property unit

Argo Group International Holdings has appointed David Higley as head of US property and inland marine.

Higley will lead Argo’s newly formed US property unit, made up of Alteris Property, Colony Specialty Property and Ariel Specialty Insurance Managers. He will also lead the group’s inland marine division.

Higley joins Argo from The Hartford, where he served as vice president, head of marine and livestock segments. Prior to that, he worked at Allianz Global and Corporate Specialty as market management executive. Higley also served as senior vice president, regional sales executive at Fireman’s Fund; vice president and chief operating officer at HONY Workers Compensation Trust; and branch vice president at Royal and Sun Alliance. He started his career in the industry at United Community Insurance.

Higley will report to Ron Vindivich, president, E&S, Colony Specialty.

“This is a significant step in simplifying Argo’s property business in an effort to enhance service and accelerate growth,” Vindivich said. “The newly combined operation also enables us to more clearly articulate our business appetite.

“David’s extensive industry expertise, proven ability to lead profitable books of business, and established network of strong client relationships make him the ideal candidate to realize the full potential of our U.S. property business.”

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