QBE North America appoints John Burkhart as Senior Vice President, Head of Management Liability & Professional Lines

Thursday, April 28, 2016

New York, NY – QBE North America, an operating division of QBE Group, today announced that John Burkhart has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Head of Management Liability & Professional Lines (MLPL).

In this newly created role, Mr. Burkhart will assume responsibility for QBE North America's entire Specialty MLPL portfolio, which includes its Public Company, Private Company, Errors & Omissions, Financial Institutions and Transactional Liability practices. He will drive the continued development and execution of QBE North America's MLPL go-to-market strategy, while driving underwriting excellence, strong portfolio management, selective distribution, and a differentiated and specialized customer experience. 

Additionally, Mr. Burkhart will become the Specialty Mid-West Regional Leader, working in partnership with Field Operations to forge even stronger relationships with our trading partners and clients in the region. Based in Chicago, Illinois, Mr. Burkhart will continue to report to Jeff Grange, President, Specialty Insurance.

Mr. Burkhart joined QBE in 2013 as Senior Vice President, Underwriting Leader for the Public Company MLPL practice, quickly driving significant growth across the portfolio, and playing a key role in the development of QBE Specialty's premier suite of market-leading MLPL products, The Solution.

With a track record of success, Mr. Burkhart has more than 24 years of insurance and management experience in the highly specialized MLPL arena. Over the past two decades, he has held numerous leadership roles at Chubb, including deep technical responsibility for managing global product portfolios and leading specialized underwriting teams in the UK and US, prior to joining QBE in 2013.

"John's specialized underwriting expertise, coupled with his well-established reputation in the market and highly collaborative style, have been a real asset in helping establish QBE Specialty as a leading, go-to primary market in the eyes of our producers." said Mr. Grange.

"This is another example of QBE's continuing commitment to developing our internal talent, a key component of our business strategy. By identifying those with unique skills and experience – like John – and providing them with opportunities for impact in key positions, we further invest in our development culture and our organization's greatest asset, our people," Mr. Grange added.

QBE Specialty underwrites risks and provides exemplary coverage and services to support the specialized needs of customers across a wide variety of segments and industry sectors. These include Accident & Health, Aviation, Public Company, Private Company, Commercial Errors & Omissions, Financial Institutions, Healthcare, Media & Entertainment, Trade Credit, Transactional Liability, Surety and Inland Marine risk, for appointed retail and wholesale producers.

About QBE
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 2015 of $4.6 billion. QBE Insurance Group's 2015 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. Additional information can be found at www.qbena.com, or follow QBE North America on Twitter.

Contact Carla Ferrara, Vice President, Corporate Communications & Branding, 212.497.9604, Carla.ferrara@us.qbe.com