Accident Fund Holdings, Inc. Names Walsh Chief Claims Officer

May 11, 2011, 10:00 ET from Accident Fund Holdings, Inc.

LANSING, Mich., May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Accident Fund Holdings, Inc. announces the appointment of Patrick J. Walsh as chief claims officer.

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Walsh recently joined Accident Fund Holdings' executive team and is responsible for overall claims strategy and management of shared claims functions between the holding company's four operating units – Accident Fund Insurance Company of America, CompWest, Third Coast Underwriters and United Heartland.  

"Pat brings not only extensive claims experience and expertise, but an outgoing, energetic leadership style that makes him a great fit for this role," Liz Haar, president and CEO of Accident Fund Holdings, said.  "I am excited to have him on board and I am confident he will help us continue our efforts to enhance our claim model and provide the best claim service in the business."

Walsh most recently served as vice president of claims for United Heartland.  He came to United Heartland from The Hartford, where he served since 2007 as senior vice president, Property & Casualty Field Claim Operations, responsible for the management of 3,800 employees in North America.  Prior to joining The Hartford, Walsh served as vice president, Claims for Sentry Insurance Company in Stevens Point, Wis., overseeing the claim operations supporting eight niche sales markets and the management of 1,600 employees in North America.  Walsh spent his career prior to Sentry at Kemper Insurance Companies in a variety of claims positions between 1986 and 2003, completing his time there as vice president, Client Services Group.

Walsh graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communications.

Accident Fund Holdings, Inc.

Accident Fund Holdings, Inc. is a workers compensation insurance holding company conducting business through four operating units: Accident Fund Companies, located in Lansing, Michigan; United Heartland, located in New Berlin, Wisconsin; CompWest, located in San Francisco, California; and Third Coast Underwriters, located in Chicago, Illinois. Its insurance company subsidiaries are rated "A" (Excellent) by A.M. Best.  Accident Fund Holdings is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

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