Pioneer Underwriters has launched a new Ocean Marine underwriting division that will be led by Zach McAbee as Head of Ocean Marine.
McAbee is based in Seattle and reports to Gene Hinman, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pioneer’s U.S. operation.
He brings over 20 years of ocean marine industry experience to the role, and was most recently Head of Ocean Marine at Crum & Forster.
Prior to this, McAbee was Vice President (VP) of Ocean Marine for the Midwest region at Liberty International, and he started his ocean marine career at Travelers.
The new unit will underwrite Hull/P&I and Primary & Excess Marine Liability, with an initial focus on the north-west region of the states.
Hinman, commented; “Zach has an impressive track record of developing profitable books of business in this niche market and Pioneer will provide him with an excellent platform from which to trade with his established network of close broker relationships.
“This recent appointment is in line with our strategy to establish a regional hub network to access local markets and enhance the scope of our business.”