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Safety National restructures executive management, COO Luebbert to retire

4th February 2020 - Author: Luke Gallin

Safety National Casualty Company, a specialty provider of insurance and reinsurance, has announced a number of changes to its executive management structure, including the retirement of Chief Operating Officer (COO), Steve Luebbert.

safety-national-logoEffective April 1st, 2020 Luebbert is set to retire after 44 years working in the insurance sector. He has served in an executive management role at Safety National for more than 13 years and has played an important role in the firm’s success and growth.

Following Luebbert’s retirement, current Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), John Csik, will take on the additional responsibilities of COO. In this new and expanded role, he will provide executive management oversight to all insurance operations.

At the same time, Safety National has announced that Cyndee Morton, Senior Vice President – Operations and Chief Information Officer, will join the executive management team as Executive Vice President of Operations and Chief Innovation Officer. In this expanded role, she will be tasked with providing executive management leadership and oversight in the areas of innovation, technology, data initiatives, and operational efficiency.

Tom Grove, Executive Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer, is set to add executive management oversight of the Claims Department to his existing oversight of the Business Development, Communications and Risk Services Department.

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Safety National also confirms that Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Mark Wihelm, President – Duane Hercules, and Gus Aivaliotis, Executive Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer, will remain in their current roles.

Commenting on the realignment of responsibilities, which all come into effect on April 1st, 2020, Wihelm said: “Steve Luebbert has been instrumental in Safety National’s transformative growth and success during his 13 years as part of executive management. He leaves behind a great legacy of achievement, and I would like to thank Steve for his dedication to the company and significant influence on our culture.

“These latest executive management changes not only allow us to continue our client-centric focus, but also to leverage the deep expertise and experience of the new leadership team. This will ensure Safety National’s growth, innovation and success in the future, while maintaining the company’s Core Values and commitments to our clients. I look forward to working closely with the executive management team to propel Safety National to the next level of continued growth, customer service and overall success.”

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