PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ACE USA, the U.S.-based retail operating division of the ACE Group of Companies, today announced that Brian Witzmann has been appointed Senior Vice President and Regional Executive Officer for ACE USA’s Northwest Region, and Stephen Dennison has been named Client Executive.
Based in San Francisco, Mr. Witzmann will be responsible for setting and driving the overall strategic direction for ACE USA’s Northwest Region, which comprises Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Alaska. He also will oversee the regional production plan, distribution, product sales and marketing, producer management and general operations. Mr. Witzmann will report to Joseph Clabby, President, ACE USA West.
Mr. Witzmann joins ACE from American International Group, where he most recently served as Senior Vice President and Excess Casualty National Real Estate and Financial Institutions Practice Leader. He has close to 25 years of industry experience, including San Francisco-based management, business development and underwriting positions with Royal & Sun Alliance, Munich-American RiskPartners and Marsh & McLennan. Mr. Witzmann holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
“Having spent close to a decade working in San Francisco, Brian is very familiar with the region’s insurance market, and brings strong industry experience and knowledge to ACE,” said Mr. Clabby.
“As Regional Executive, Brian will provide our clients and brokers with local access to ACE’s global network of products and services, and lead our efforts to reach out to regional brokers, mid-size companies and smaller corporate clients in the Northwest United States.”
Mr. Dennison, who previously served as Northwest Regional Executive Officer, has been appointed as Client Executive with ACE USA Regional Operations, reporting to Mr. Clabby. Launched earlier this year, the ACE USA Client Executive initiative assigns senior-level ACE executives to designated clients to provide enhanced service. Mr. Dennison joined ACE in 1993 and has more than 30 years of experience in the industry, including extensive experience managing property and casualty insurance operations and client relationships at the branch, regional and home office levels.
“ACE USA’s Client Executive initiative was created in response to customer feedback and enables us to become more familiar with our clients and better understand their unique insurance needs,” said Christopher Maleno, President, ACE USA Regional Operations. “Steve’s appointment as Client Executive underscores our commitment to listening to our clients, providing access to senior ACE leadership, and working collaboratively to enhance service levels and expand clients’ relationships with ACE.”
ACE USA is the U.S.-based retail operating division of the ACE Group of Companies, headed by ACE Limited (NYSE: ACE), and is rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best Company and A+ (Strong) by Standard & Poor’s. ACE USA, through its underwriting companies, provides insurance products and services throughout the U.S. Additional information on ACE USA and its products and services can be found at www.ace-ina.com. The ACE Group of Companies provides insurance and reinsurance for a diverse group of clients around the world.