HDI Continues to Invest in U.S. Engineering Lines & Construction Division

John Sprague has been appointed Senior Construction Liability Underwriter. He will be responsible for the continued growth and development of the U.S. construction liability portfolio. In his 25-plus year career, John has held various excess casualty underwriting and management positions in the E&S practices of Starr, Zurich and AIG.

Diane Kirt and Robert Pawula both join HDI from Seneca Insurance as Engineering Lines Underwriters. They will support the divisions underwriting efforts, including rail and builders risk.

Paul Magiera, Associate Engineering Lines Underwriter will lead the servicing of existing accounts and establish new processes to streamline existing procedures. He joins HDI from State Farm, where he spent 20 years in a variety of producer roles.

Julie Heller, Construction Liability Associate Underwriter, joins HDI from Starr where she spent over five years as an Underwriting Assistant in the Property Department. Julie will be responsible for account clearance, policy issuance, account premium processing and invoicing, rating, and various administrative and organizational projects.

Tom Barilich and Jeonghee Oh have been appointed Senior Risk Engineers. Tom joins HDI with extensive broker, carrier and TPA experience, most notably having spent 20-plus years within AIGs construction and energy divisions as a Technical Services Manager and crane subject matter specialist. At HDI, he will provide risk engineering activity for casualty lines, focusing on liability exposure control across the U.S. Jeonghee joins HDI from Aon, where he worked in the catastrophe model development group. He will provide HDIs underwriting team with engineering line risk assessment and appraising portfolios related to natural hazards.


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We are thrilled to have a collection of seasoned insurance professionals join our team, said Mark Groenheide, Vice President, Engineering Lines Underwriting Manager. 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. Talent that not only has the necessary experience, but more importantly, the willingness to meet our clients evolving needs.

About HDI Global SE (HDI):

HDI Global SE is a leading international industrial lines insurer and member of the Talanx Group. With over 3,000 employees worldwide, HDI is active in more than 150 countries through subsidiaries and network partners. In the United States, HDI operates through its subsidiaries, HDI Global Insurance Company, a commercial property and casualty insurer headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and licensed in all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands; and HDI Specialty Insurance Company, an Illinois domestic surplus lines insurer also authorized to write business nationwide.

HDI Global SE, HDI Global Insurance Company and HDI Specialty hold Financial Strength Ratings of A (Excellent), XV from A.M. Best.

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