23 October 2014 Insurance

WR Berkley appoints SVP

US insurer WR Berkley has promoted the president of BerkleyNet Underwriters to the position of senior vice president of WR Berkley.

John Goldwater will have oversight responsibility for a number of the company’s operating units.

He has served as president of BerkleyNet, a WR Berkley operating unit that leverages technology, underwriting and claims expertise to deliver real-time workers’ compensation solutions for small and mid-sized business, since its inception in 2006.

James Gilbert will succeed Goldwater as president of BerkleyNet. He served alongside Goldwater as BerkleyNet’s senior vice president of actuarial and operations since its 2006 founding.

William Berkley, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of WR Berkley, said: “We are pleased to have John assume this new position. His deep knowledge of the workers’ compensation business and hands-on experience in managing one of our start-up operating units will be invaluable to our corporate oversight activities. At the same time, we are confident in Jim’s ability to take over the leadership role at BerkleyNet and continue to build upon its success.”

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