QBE North America appoints Don Allard to head Specialty Programs business

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

New York, NY --  QBE North America has announced the appointment of industry veteran, Don Allard as a SVP, Head of Specialty Programs, with leadership responsibility for the growth and expansion of QBE’s Specialty business. QBE North America’s articulated vision is to be a top provider of diversified specialty insurance and reinsurance products, and Allard’s appointment is a perfect compliment to its vision.

Jeff Grange, QBE Specialty President states, “Don's appointment is another example of QBE's commitment to excellence and industry leadership. He is a proven leader who brings more than 30 years of expertise, as well as a national following with our retail & wholesale partners and program managers. I am pleased that Don has joined the QBE leadership team to drive our portfolio of primary Specialty products through the Program channel, Internet and Financial Partners.” Based in Dallas, Don will also lead QBE’s open brokerage efforts in the Southwest and West regions. 

Most recently, Don was Senior Vice President, Chief Underwriting Officer and business segment leader for XL America in Dallas. In that position, he oversaw a diversification and growth strategy for specialty property and casualty professional liability products. He has held various leadership positions at Transatlantic Reinsurance Company, CNA, Great American and Progressive.

Don holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a law degree from the University of Akron. He is a native of Youngstown, Ohio.

QBE North America is part of QBE Insurance Group Limited, one of the top 20 insurers and reinsurers worldwide. QBE NA reported Gross Written Premiums in 2013 of $5.855 billion. QBE Insurance Group’s 2012 results can be found at www.qbena.com. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, QBE operates out of 43 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.