WORCESTER, Mass., Feb. 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. (NYSE: THG) today announced it has expanded its specialty leadership team to enhance its focus on growth opportunities and further drive value with the company's independent insurance agent partners. These enhancements round out a series of talent investments the company has made to its specialty business over the last year.
As part of this expansion, The Hanover announced it has appointed Steven M. Mills president of the company's excess and surplus (E&S) business. In this role, Mills will leverage the company's broad and innovative capabilities to deliver E&S solutions for property and casualty businesses, making it easier for The Hanover's agent partners to serve the needs of their clients. Mills will help the company expand its existing E&S capabilities, including building a new retail operation for the company's key retail agent partners, enabling more efficient placement of E&S business.
Mills brings a wealth of insurance experience to the organization, most recently serving as senior vice president and unit head for the primary casualty unit of IFG Companies. Prior to his time at IFG, Mills 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 H. Kawiecki to president of surety, responsible for both contract and commercial surety. Kawiecki previously served as vice president of contract surety for the company. Kawiecki built a strong underwriting culture and a committed, experienced team that has driven strong performance in recent years. In addition, John A. Rowedder has been promoted to vice president of contract surety at The Hanover and will continue to serve in his current role as chief underwriting officer for contract surety as well.
To complement the specialty leadership team, the company has added two new roles. 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. Martin will be responsible for new business initiatives across the company's management liability, professional liability and healthcare lines of business. Christopher J. Zaneski has been promoted as the company's 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 J. Salvatore, president, specialty at The Hanover. "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."
For more information about The Hanover's specialty insurance solutions, please visit https://www.hanover.com/business-insurance-specialty.html.
About The Hanover
The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. is the holding company for several property and casualty insurance companies, which together constitute one of the largest insurance businesses in the United States. The company provides exceptional insurance solutions through a select group of independent agents and brokers. Together with its agents, The Hanover offers standard and specialized insurance protection for small and mid-sized businesses, as well as for homes, automobiles, and other personal items. For more information, please visit hanover.com.
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