NEW YORK, July 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- QBE North America announces that Eric Pruss has joined the organization as SVP, Head of Personal Lines P&C. Pruss will lead the business of personal insurance products distributed through independent agents and brokers, affiliated agencies, and affinity groups, and is also responsible for overseeing QBE's farm and ranch insurance business. The appointment underscores QBE North America's ongoing commitment to be a specialist carrier in North America with market-recognized underwriting expertise, deep distribution relationships and partnerships, and leading insurance products, solutions, and services.
In this national role, Pruss will plan and direct the Personal Lines business, developing strategy, building strong industry partnerships and delivering client-focused products and services to drive profitable growth. He will execute on the vision to establish Personal Lines as a specialist competitor consistent with QBE's overall strategy of being a top-quartile specialist insurance and reinsurance company.
Pruss brings over 25 years of insurance industry and management consulting experience, having led and managed within such successful personal lines operations as Chubb and Fireman's Fund. His experience encompasses marketing, distributing, underwriting, and servicing insurance products, giving him an end-to-end perspective for how all these areas must interact to deliver enduring competitive advantage and growth.
"The addition of a leader of Eric's caliber helps to position QBE as a leader in the Personal Lines space and is another example of our bringing in top talent to drive profitable growth," said Alan Driscoll, President, Standard Lines P&C and Chief Underwriting Officer. "We are committed to becoming a superior competitor in this segment, and Eric has the vision, strategic focus and breadth and depth of experience that will help us to accomplish that. Eric will help continue our transformation efforts with the ultimate objective of making QBE Personal Lines a recognized leader in our chosen areas of specialization."
Pruss is based in the New York office and reports to Driscoll. He graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering, and has an MBA from Emory University.
QBE North America is part of QBE Insurance Group Limited, one of the largest insurers and reinsurers worldwide. QBE NA reported Gross Written Premiums in 2014 of $5.3 billion. QBE Insurance Group's 2014 results can be found at www.qbena.com. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, QBE operates out of 38 countries around the globe, with a presence in every key insurance market. The North America division, headquartered in New York, conducts business through its property and casualty insurance subsidiaries. QBE insurance companies are rated "A" (Excellent) by A.M. Best and "A+" by Standard & Poor's.
SOURCE QBE North America