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The Role of Leaders Is Serving Employees: QBE NA CEO Johnston
Carrier Management, November 28, 2017
Russ Johnston discusses the most important qualities for a CEO to possess today and his philosophy of putting employees first to ultimately deliver the best value for customers and shareholders. The article also covers Russ' career path and the lessons he has learned along the way.

QBE's Global Strength: A Pillar of North America Strategy
Carrier Management, November 28, 2017
QBE NA CEO Russ Johnston discusses the three pillars of QBE North America's strategy as an integrated specialist insurer – applied expertise, experience of excellence, and global strength.

How to fry a Thanksgiving turkey without getting burned
Property Casualty 360, November 20, 2017
Mark McCormick, Vice President, Personal Risk Services for QBE NA, shares tips to deep fry a turkey safely.

QBE Sponsors NYC Veterans Day Parade, Supports Veterans Organizations
WPIX TV (NY), November 11, 2017
Jeff Grange, President, Specialty Insurance, QBE NA, discusses QBE's work to combat vet homelessness and support and hire veteran employees through its VALOR business resource group.

QBE North America Forms Alliance with MGA Professional Risk Facilities
Insurance Journal, November 1, 2017
QBE NA announces a strategic program underwriting alliance with Professional Risk Facilities (PRF) to offer coverage for Miscellaneous E&O, Media Liability, Tech E&O and Cyber to accounts generating less than $5 million in revenue. 

Medical Stop-Loss and Healthcare: Thoughts and Opportunities for the Future
Captive Insurance Times, Conference Special, 2017
Phillip Giles, VP, Sales and Marketing, Accident & Health, QBE North America, writes about group medical stop-loss captives as a way to attain long-term stability in the overall cost of healthcare delivery to employees during a time of regulatory uncertainty.

Hurricane Irma's Top 5 Property Losses
Property Casualty 360, November 3, 2017
Dan Franzetti, Chief Claims Officer, QBE North America, writes about the trip he took with his leadership team to Florida after Hurricane Irma and his observations about the top five losses and how to prevent them.

Reference-based Pricing Plans: A Healthy Alternative
Captive Insurance Times, October, 2017
Phillip Giles, VP, Sales and Marketing, Accident & Health, QBE North America, writes about the increased use of reference-based pricing plans to control the cost of medical services provided by employer self-funded healthcare plans.

Mitigating exposure for advanced practice clinicians
Advisen, October 17, 2017
The number of primary-care physicians is shrinking and will likely continue to do so. Meanwhile, there is an increase in advanced practice clinicians (APCs), including physician assistants and nurse practitioners. While use of APCs offers benefits, it also brings professional liability concerns. Advisen spoke with Bridget Zaremba, Healthcare Claims Practice Leader at QBE North America, to find out more.

QBE North America's CEO Johnston on the Future of Insurance
Carrier Management, September 1, 2017
What major changes are on the horizon for the property and casualty insurance industry in the next 10 years? Russ Johnston notes that the power of technology to drive change and disrupt traditional industry models will continue to have a paradoxical effect on the industry. It will give us more tools to collect and analyze data to price certain risks, but it will also accelerate the pace of change and give rise to unknown risks.

Deep Learning: Potential and Opportunities for Insurers
CIO Applications, September 1, 2017
Roland Guglielmi, Chief Data & Analytics Officer, QBE North America, writes about the potential impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on areas including customer experience, underwriting, distribution, and claims in the insurance industry. Insurance carriers can greatly benefit from recent advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning. These techniques are potential game changers, especially in the area of fraud analytics.

Havoc and hope: Ransomware attacks drive awareness, innovation
Advisen, July 17, 2017
Fallout from recent ransomware attacks has ranged from extended disruption for some organizations to concern over financial aggregation from regulators. For carriers, however, this uncertain environment has led them to adapt to these new threats by developing innovative solutions, which in turn has led to continued boost in cyber insurance sales. QBE North America's Steven Anderson, vice president and product executive for privacy and network security is quoted in an Advisen article providing perspective on business interruption, interest in cyber insurance and potential longer-term effects cyber-attacks can have on businesses and the global economy.

Rule 23 under the Microscope: Pending Legislation May Alter the Class Action Landscape
Advisen
, May 26, 2017
Daniel H. Simnowitz, vice president of Product Development at QBE North America, and Ariel Fliman, assistant vice president, Product Development at QBE North America, write about recent legislation passed by the US House of Representatives that may change the procedural landscape for federal class actions which should be of interest not only to management and professional liability insurers but also to risk managers and brokers.

Implications of NYDFS Regulations on Cyber and D&O Exposure
Carrier Management, May 8, 2017
The New York State Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) cybersecurity regulation that went into effect March 1 are still being realized by the insurance industry. Daniel Simnowitz, vice President of product development at QBE North America, writes about the regulations potential impact on directors and officers (D&O) and cyber liability and exposure, as well as the insurance policies that provide coverage for such risk.

Turning the Tables: Using Social Media to Push Back Against Fraudsters
Risk Management, March 1, 2017
Brian Wilson, vice president of special investigations at QBE North America, writes about how insurance companies are finding ways to leverage information from social media to combat fraud.

QBE Inland Marine Launches Combined Liability Coverage for Motor Carriers
Insurance Journal, February 22, 2017
QBE announced the launch of The Solution for Motor Truck Cargo – a comprehensive policy offering unique coverages for motor carriers. This new coverage combines both Motor Truck Cargo and Logistics Liability insurance in one policy, thus simplifying for this industry the process of obtaining the insurance it needs.

Eight Tools for Using Social Media to Fight Insurance Fraud
PropertyCasualty360.com, January 27, 2017
Insurance companies are turning to social media to detect fraudulent claims. This article by Brian Wilson, vice president of special investigations at QBE North America, notes several examples of claimants publicly sharing facts of their lives on social media that contradict the basis of their claim, such as semi-pro athlete playing well in local sports leagues while collecting workers’ compensation benefits.

QBE named to top ten in annual Advisen product innovation ranking
Advisen, January 17, 2017
QBE has been ranked among the top ten carriers on the 2016 Advisen New-Product Pacesetter Index for the delivery of innovative insurance products for our Specialty and Property & Casualty customers. The top ten listing is a highly-coveted ranking among carriers and demonstrates QBE’s commitment to providing effective risk mitigation solutions for our customers. Advisen is a leading source of data, media, and technology solutions for the insurance market.  The publication highlighted that QBE jumped from the 15th spot in 2015 to the 7th spot in 2016, a notable upward trend. 

Cyber Directors: Greater Expertise, Greater Liabilities?
Risk & Insurance, October 17, 2016
QBE Senior Vice President, Underwriting Counsel Carol Zacharias had a blog post titled “Cyber Directors: Greater Expertise, Greater Liabilities?” published on Risk & Insurance. In her post, Zacharias examines how a board can address cyber risk complexities and meet its duty of care. She also takes a look at the issue of whether the cyber expert director has a higher risk of liability than fellow directors.

Manufacturing | Emerging Market & Risks Shake Up Market
Crittenden Inside Insurance Report, October 3, 2016
QBE North America's new Manufacturing E&O endorsement to its Product Liability line was featured in Crittenden Inside Insurance Report

Final Word
Captive Review, October 2016
Phillip Giles, QBE Vice President of Sales and Marketing, discusses the strong growth he is witnessing in the captive medical stop-loss market in the Final Word section of Captive Review’s October edition

Class Action Goes Global
Advisen, September 2016
For decades the United States was the epicenter of securities class-action lawsuits against executives and their companies. However, a 2010 court decision determined the federal court system would no longer be host to essentially foreign disputes. QBE Senior Vice President, Underwriting Counsel Carol Zacharias considers this as she examines how multinational insurance programs can protect executive risk.

Spotlight on Innovation in the Transaction Insurance Market
Advisen, September 2016
Advisen's Rebecca Bole interviewed Dennis Kearns, leader of QBE North America’s Transactional Liability and Financial Institutions practices, about the factors driving the market to grow at a fast pace.

QBE Recognized as a Top 100 Adoption-Friendly Workplace by Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, September 14, 2016
QBE was recognized as a Top 100 (#2 for Insurance) Adoption-Friendly Workplace by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, America's only nonprofit public charity dedicated to finding homes for children in foster care.

2016 US Captive Services Awards: Winners and judges comments
Captive Review, August 8, 2016
QBE was named the Insurance Company of the Year during the 2016 US Captive Services Awards in Burlington, Vermont.

Working Globally and Encouraging Locally
IMPACT magazine, Summer 2016
QBE’s numerous volunteer efforts throughout North America were highlighted in IMPACT magazine, a publication created by the Insurance Information Institute that spotlights the insurance industry’s contributions to the community.

QBE partners with Sun Prairie High School Computer Science classes
Sun Prairie Star, August 4, 2016
Throughout the summer, employees from QBE North America’s office in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin have volunteered at Sun Prairie High School’s Introduction to Computer Science class to discuss their careers and how they use the course material in their daily work.

QBE North America donates to 8th annual ReidRide
Palladium-Item, July 23, 2016
QBE North America recently donated $10,000 to the annual ReidRide bike event, which helps raise funds to provide shoes for children throughout the Richmond, IN area and promotes health & wellness with area children.

A.C. bicycle giveaway shows corporate philanthropy on the rise
The Press of Atlantic City, July 22, 2016
During a recent offsite team building event, QBE Specialty employees volunteered their time to build 30 bicycles for children from the Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City as a way to encourage community engagement, service and outreach.

QBE North America Launches Diversity & Inclusion Speaker Series with Gay Former U.S. Marine
Business Insurance, July 15, 2016
In celebration of LGBTQA Pride month, QBE North America sponsored its inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Speaker Series in June with employees and customers in attendance. The speaker was retired U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Eric Alva who was key in the repeal of the 1993 “Don't ask, don't tell” policy that prohibited people who are openly gay from serving in the armed forces. Note: To read this article, you may be required to register online.

Medical Stop-Loss: A Tactical Resource
Captive Insurance Times, May 25, 2016
With the Affordable Care Act still having an impact on self-funding and the use of medical stop-loss captives, Phillip Giles, Vice President - Sales & Marketing, explores where this area will go next.

QBE North America Executive to Serve on InVEST Board
Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America, May 25, 2016
Amanda Taylor, VP Strategic Initiatives, Standard Lines P & C, has recently been appointed to the board for InVEST, a leader in the insurance industry for classroom-to-career education program.

'Doing good' makes good business sense, one insurer finds
Advisen, April 22, 2016
Jeff Grange, President, Specialty Insurance; Steve Gransbury, President, Accident & Health; and John Burkhart, Senior Vice President, Specialty Insurance, were recently featured in an article in Advisen about QBE’s Premiums4Good. This program is a unique offering in the industry that allows insureds across the globe to help direct their giving efforts by assigning up to 25 percent of their premiums into socially responsible investments like green bonds (investments in environmentally-friendly projects) or other projects with a "directly observable" social impact.

Insurer Names Property/Casualty Executive
Business Insurance Magazine, April 18, 2016
QBE NA’s appointment of Glenn Skrynecki to lead our Standard Lines Property & Casualty Program business as Senior Vice President, was featured in a news brief on Business Insurance's website. (Note: To read this article, you must be an online registered user of Business Insurance.)

Medical stop-loss in captives on the rise, finds QBE North America
Captive Insurance Times, April 13, 2016
Companies that self-fund their employee health insurance plans are increasingly using medical stop-loss captives, according to a whitepaper by QBE North America. 

Steve Gransbury - The Future Is Now
Risk & Insurance, April 4, 2016
Steve Gransbury, QBE NA President, Accident and Health, was featured in an article that focuses on how mid-size employers transitioning from fully insured health care plans are intrigued by stop-loss captives.

New Occupational Accident & Contingent Liability Program with K2 Insurance Services, High Point Underwriters and Midwestern Insurance Alliance
PR Newswire, March 31, 2016
K2 Insurance Services, LLC (K2) has recently acquired Morris Plains, New Jersey-based High Point Underwriters. Concurrently with the acquisition, High Point, together with Midwestern Insurance Alliance, have partnered with QBE North America to administer a national workers' compensation and occupational accident insurance program.

Steve Gransbury - Selfie Health Insurance Is All the Rage
Managed Care Magazine, March 2016
Steve Gransbury, President, Accident & Health, QBE North America, discusses self-insured health plans and how they are an elegant solution for employers looking to manage rising health care costs.

Professional liability coverage offered for agents, brokers
Business Insurance Magazine, March 2016
QBE NA & RPS/Plus Companies' program underwriting agreement to provide Professional Liability Insurance to agents & brokers was featured in a news brief on Business Insurance's website. (Note: To read this article, you must be an online registered user of Business Insurance.)

Rachel Underwood – Reactions 20 Rising Stars Under 35
Reactions Magazine, March 2016
Rachel Underwood, Assistant Vice President, Accident & Health, QBE North America, was named by Reactions Magazine as one of 20 rising stars under 35 to watch.

Leigh Oates Discusses the Importance of Diversity and Inclusion
Reactions Magazine, March 2016
Leigh Oates, Chief Actuary, QBE North America, discusses the growing need for diversity and inclusion in the insurance industry. In the article for Reactions Magazine she explains how QBE NA’s diversity and inclusion initiatives have benefited our organization in innumerable ways.

QBE appoints Joe Davide, SVP of Risk Management, overseeing large accounts in North America
Carrier Management, January 2016

Brian Griffith- Risk & Insurance 2016 Insurance Executive To Watch Special
Risk & Insurance, December 2015
Brian Griffith, Executive Vice President, Field Management & Distribution, QBE North America, was named by Risk & Insurance newsletter as one of 13 insurance executives to watch in the coming year.