US property and casualty insurer RLI Corp. has announced that it has promoted two product leaders to Vice President, both roles will take place effective immediately.
Blake A. Ahrens, Assistant Vice President, Marine has been promoted to Vice President, Inland Marine. In his new role, he will continue to lead RLI’s Inland Marine business.
Ahrens joined RLI in 2006 as Director, Underwriting and was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Inland Marine in 2010.
He has 23 years of industry experience and holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation. Prior to joining RLI, he served in a leadership role at Arthur J. Gallagher.
Meanwhile, Bob W. Hartje, Assistant Vice President, Excess Liability, has been promoted to Vice President, Excess Liability.
In his new role, he will continue to lead RLI’s Excess Liability business. Hartje has 35 years of industry experience and holds the Associates in Reinsurance designation.
He joined RLI in 2013 as Senior Underwriter, and was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Excess Liability in 2018. Prior to RLI, he served in leadership roles at AIX Group, Quanta US Holdings and Aetna.
RLI Insurance Company President & COO Craig Kliethermes commented: “Blake and Bob are outstanding leaders that have strong management ability and deep underwriting expertise. I am highly confident that they will both continue to further the success of their respective product lines in their enhanced leadership roles.”