US-based property/casualty insurer The Hanover Insurance Group has expanded its specialty leadership team with a series of talent investments.
The company hopes the move will enhance its focus on growth opportunities and drive value for its agent partners.
Steven Mills has been appointed president of the company's excess and surplus (E&S) business. Mills will also help the company build a new retail operation in addition to his role.
Mills most recently served as senior vice president and unit head for the primary casualty unit of IFG Companies. Prior to that, he spent more than 13 years at AIG in various leadership roles, as well as in field and home office underwriting positions. He also held roles at Liberty Mutual, Citizens Insurance Company, CNA Reinsurance Company and Continental Insurance Company.
The Hanover has also promoted James Kawiecki to president of surety, responsible for both contract and commercial surety, and John Rowedder to vice president of contract surety.
Kawiecki previously served as vice president of contract surety for the company.
Rowedder will continue to serve in his current role as chief underwriting officer for contract surety as well.
Furthermore, Jon Martin has joined The Hanover as its new vice president, distribution management, professional lines.
Prior to The Hanover, Martin served as vice president, sales and distribution at Berkley FinSecure. He will be responsible for new business initiatives across the company's management liability, professional liability and healthcare lines of business.
Christopher Zaneski has been promoted as the new vice president, distribution management, specialty property and casualty lines.
Zaneski previously served as assistant vice president, distribution management, Hanover Specialty Industrial (HSI) at The Hanover and, in this new role, will be focused on developing new, collaborative business opportunities across the company's specialty industrial property, marine and E&S property and casualty businesses.
"As part of our commitment to be the premier property and casualty insurer for our agent partners, we continue to assess our talent and structure to be sure we are supporting our agents in the most effective way possible, helping them drive growth and opportunity," said Bryan Salvatore, president, specialty at The Hanover.
Salvatore added: "We are excited to be rounding out a series of talent appointments we made this year to support our growing specialty capabilities. There are significant opportunities within the specialty market and we are better positioned than ever to help our agents navigate this market and capitalize on these opportunities."
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