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HDI expands U.S Engineering & Construction unit with new hires

9th November 2018 - Author: Matt Sheehan

Industrial lines insurer HDI Global Insurance Company has expanded its U.S Engineering & Construction division with a series of new hires.

HDI Global logoThese include the appointment of John Sprague as Senior Construction Liability Underwriter, who will be responsible for the continued growth and development of the U.S construction liability portfolio.

Sprague has 25 years’ re/insurance industry experience and has held various excess casualty underwriting and management positions in the E&S practices of Starr, Zurich and AIG.

HDI has also hired Engineering Lines Underwriters Diane Kirt and Robert Pawula from Seneca Insurance, who will be tasked with supporting the division’s underwriting efforts, including rail and builders’ risk.

Paul Magiera joins HDI from State Farm as Associate Engineering Lines Underwriter, with responsibility for servicing existing accounts and streamlining procedures.

Additionally, Julie Heller will become Construction Liability Associate Underwriting, joining HDI from Starr where she spent five years as an Underwriting Assistant in the Property Department.

In her new role, Heller will be responsible for account clearance policy issuance, account premium processing and invoicing, rating, and various administrative and organisational projects.

Finally, HDI appointed Tom Barilich and Jeonghee Oh as Senior Risk Engineers, with Barilich to focus on the provision of risk engineering activity for casualty lines, including liability exposure control across the U.S, and Jeonghee to focus on engineering line risk assessment and the appraisal of portfolios related to natural hazards.

Barilich has extensive broker, carrier and TPA experience and spent more than 20 years within AIG’s construction and energy divisions as a Technical Services Manager and crane specialist, while Jeonghee most recently worked in the catastrophe model development group of Aon.

“We are thrilled to have a collection of seasoned insurance professionals join our team,” said Mark Groenheide, Vice President, Engineering Lines Underwriting Manager at HDI.

“As a global insurer, we are committed to long-term partnerships and the only way to do that is by attracting and retaining top quality talent,” Groenheide continued. “Talent that not only has the necessary experience, but more importantly, the willingness to meet our clients’ evolving needs.”

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