The North American division of global insurer QBE has promoted Steve Gransbury as head of specialty insurance, a newly created group of existing QBE businesses.
Tara Krauss has been promoted to Gransbury’s previous role as head of accident & health.
Gransbury now leads a specialty insurance unit consisting of A&H, aviation and trade credit & surety practices.
He holds over 25 years’ of industry experience and joined QBE in 2009 when the company acquired SLG Benefits & Insurance, LLC, a program management company co-founded by Gransbury.
QBE hopes this new alignment will allow a sharper focus on customer needs and unlock the growth opportunity of each business.
Previously, Gransbury had been leading A&H, the largest of the three businesses. QBE specialty insurance is part of QBE North America’s specialty & commercial organization.
“QBE Accident & Health has enjoyed tremendous success over the last several years,” said Tom Fitzgerald, President of QBE Specialty & Commercial.
“Much of that is due to Steve’s hard work and his commitment to his team and his customers. Aligning our Specialty businesses within a single unit furthers our commitment to growth in the Specialty market, and Steve was the clear choice to lead the newly formed group.”
Krauss will report to Gransbury and develop and execute strategic plans that accelerate the profitable growth of the business.
She has 24 years’ experience and, after joining QBE in 2009, has held several leadership roles with increasing responsibilities.
“Tara has a long track record of significant successes within QBE,” said Gransbury.
“That’s included implementing underwriting guidelines that allow our team to solve customers’ challenges quickly and effectively, as well as mentoring teammates to help them reach their professional aspirations.
“Whatever she does, she’s always been totally focused on achieving solid results, and we’re all confident that she’ll bring the same passion and resolve to her new role.”
“I’m excited about the opportunity to lead QBE Accident & Health, and eager to continue executing on our strategy, while capitalizing on the many opportunities we see ahead of us,” Krauss added.