Horizon policyholders to get leak sensors

Insurance Business Magazine | December 03, 2019

With Association of British Insurers data showing escape of water claims made up nearly a third (30%) of all domestic household claims in 2018, Horizon (UW) Limited has decided to address the issue by partnering with smart-home specialist Hive. Horizon, which underwrites on behalf of a consortium of insurers led by Legal & General, will be including the Hive Leak Sensor in all its policies starting January 01 next year for new business and from February 01 for renewals. The goal of the Worcestershire-based underwriting agency is to tackle escape of water, the cause of approximately £1 billion in damages last year. Commenting on the tie-up, Horizon founder and chairman Richard Pexton stated: “Horizon’s partnership with Hive marks an important step forward for household insurance in changing normal practice from repair and replace to predict and prevent.

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Johnson & Johnson All Set to Expand Its Footprint Into Texas and Oklahoma

Johnson & Johnson | June 07, 2022

By acquiring the assets of Midlands Management Corporation's Wholesale Brokerage & Binding and Managing General Underwriting businesses, Johnson & Johnson will expand its footprint into Texas and Oklahoma. Safety National Casualty Corporation's subsidiary Midlands is a completely owned subsidiary of Safety National Casualty Corporation. The transaction is expected to close on April 29, 2022, according to the parties. Midlands' WB&B and MGU units, which were founded in 1990, specialize in specialized lines of coverage for both personal and commercial lines of business, both admitted and non-admitted E&S. These units, which are led by an experienced management team, contain underwriting and operating teams with extensive product knowledge and service skills. Midlands' MGU unit serves as an underwriting manager for several insurance companies, specializing in ICOA insurance, Texas Non-Subscriber insurance, and other similar insurance products. For small-to-mid-sized commercial businesses and people, the WB&B segment provides admitted and non-admitted general, commercial, and personal property and casualty products. Johnson & Johnson, situated in Charleston, South Carolina, is a fourth-generation, family-owned Managing General Agency. Johnson & Johnson has a long history of offering outstanding service and products to Independent Agencies while keeping a family culture, having been founded in 1930. In Texas and Oklahoma, Johnson & Johnson will offer a diverse range of first-class products and services to agencies and insureds. This acquisition by Johnson & Johnson, a leading specialist in related businesses, will accelerate the growth in revenue and profitability of these business units and provide greater professional development and career advancement opportunities for the employees in these divisions. All Midlands' business outside of these units, including excess workers' compensation and related primary workers' compensation, specialty programs and claims administration, are not part of the transaction and will continue to operate under the Midlands name as a Safety National entity." Duane Hercules, President of Safety National. Adding the Midlands Management Corporation Team and their agency network to Johnson & Johnson will provide us with a terrific group of employees and agencies which will enhance our 'service first' approach to the Agents currently served by Midlands." Francis Johnson, CEO, Johnson & Johnson.

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ISG to Publish Report on Insurance BPO, ITO Services

ISG | July 16, 2022

Information Services Group (ISG) (Nasdaq: III), a leading global technology research and advisory firm, has launched a research study examining providers of services that are enabling a growing number of insurance organizations to modernize their operations for better business outcomes. The study results will be published in a comprehensive ISG Provider Lens™ report, called Insurance Services 2022 — BPO and ITO, scheduled to be released in November. The report will cover companies offering services including business process outsourcing (BPO), information technology outsourcing (ITO), business-process-as-a-service (BPaaS) and third-party administration (TPA). Enterprise buyers will be able to use information from the report to evaluate their current vendor relationships, potential new engagements and available offerings, while ISG advisors use the information to recommend providers to the firm’s buy-side clients. Many insurance organizations are adopting advanced technologies to modernize services, improve customer experience and grow in a cost-effective way. They are implementing technologies including intelligent automation, straight-through processing (STP), AI and machine learning, often migrating from legacy systems to cloud platforms to enable digital transformation. “More insurance companies are now working with outsourcing and technology providers to enhance their capabilities,” said Jan Erik Aase, partner and global leader, ISG Provider Lens Research. “More insurance companies are now working with outsourcing and technology providers to enhance their capabilities,” said Jan Erik Aase, partner and global leader, ISG Provider Lens Research. “Many are forming long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships with providers to become more competitive.” ISG has distributed surveys to more than 60 insurance services providers. Working in collaboration with ISG’s global advisors, the research team will produce four quadrants representing the digital services and products the typical insurance enterprise is buying, based on ISG’s experience working with its clients. The four quadrants are: Life & Retirement Insurance BPO Services, evaluating outsourcing services such as consulting, technology enablement, policy administration and managed services for providers of insurance types such as life insurance, annuities and supplemental benefits. Property & Casualty Insurance BPO Services, assessing outsourcing services for insurance coverage areas including auto, theft, property and natural catastrophe. BPaaS and TPA Insurance Services, evaluating providers of BPO and ITO services bundled into a comprehensive service, typically through a licensed provider or third-party administrator. Insurance ITO Services, covering both traditional and more modern IT services, including technology support and business transformation programs to improve profitability, optimize costs and enhance customer experience. Geographically focused reports from the study will cover the global insurance services market and examine products and services available in the U.S., Australia, and U.K. and Europe. ISG analysts Ashish Jhajharia, Angus Macaskill, Jocelyn Cheung and Sandhya Hari Navage will serve as authors of the report. An archetype report will also be published as part of this study. This report, unique to ISG, is the study of typical buyer types of contact center services as observed by ISG advisors. A list of identified providers and vendors and further details on the study are available in this digital brochure. Companies not listed as insurance services providers can contact ISG and ask to be included in the study. All 2022 ISG Provider Lens™ evaluations now feature new and expanded customer experience (CX) data that measures actual enterprise experience with specific provider services and solutions, based on ISG’s continuous CX research. Enterprise customers wishing to share their experience about a specific provider or vendor are encouraged to register here to receive a personalized survey URL. Participants will receive a copy of this report in return for their feedback. About ISG Provider Lens™ Research The ISG Provider Lens™ Quadrant research series is the only service provider evaluation of its kind to combine empirical, data-driven research and market analysis with the real-world experience and observations of ISG's global advisory team. 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Counterpart Launches Excess Insurance Product for Small Businesses with Aspen

Counterpart, Aspen Insurance Holdings | July 21, 2022

Counterpart, the management liability insurtech, today announced the launch of its Excess insurance product for small businesses. Backed by Aspen, the Excess policy is another offering to support small businesses in a time of heightened litigation. Counterpart is the first management liability provider to utilize proprietary data and cutting-edge technology in response to the increasing settlement and legal expenses, which can easily bankrupt a small business. Claims expenses have spiked in recent years due to plaintiff friendly legal environments and unrestrained legal fees. This product was built in response to overwhelming demand from Counterpart’s broker partners, including David Alferez, Director, CRC Group, who commented: “Counterpart has been an incredible partner of ours and is once again stepping up to support our team and our clients. We are eager to leverage another one of their best-in-class products.” Counterpart offers Excess insurance on Directors and Officers, Employment Practices and Fiduciary Liability, with a maximum limit of $3 million. Backed by Aspen’s financial strength, the offering will be available for small businesses with less than 250 employees and less than $250 million in revenue and total assets through Counterpart’s wholesale broker partners. “Counterpart has created a compelling and unique offering for small businesses. We’re pleased to further develop our relationship and are excited to support what we see as a natural extension of an already successful management liability product line,” said Zac Clammer, Executive Vice President, Management Liability, Aspen Insurance. “We always operate with the best interest of our customers and Excess insurance has been a real pain point for them over the years due to decreasing limits and coverage,” said Mike Levins, Head of Insurance at Counterpart. “We always operate with the best interest of our customers and Excess insurance has been a real pain point for them over the years due to decreasing limits and coverage,” said Mike Levins, Head of Insurance at Counterpart. “Excess insurance is the most requested product from our brokers, and we have worked closely together to design a product that addresses their wants and needs. This is just the beginning of what we are looking to do together with our insurance carrier partners to grow the breadth of our management liability products and services.” To learn more about Counterpart’s Excess product, visit: yourcounterpart.com About Counterpart Counterpart is a management liability insurance platform for the 21st century workplace. The company applies the most advanced Directors & Officers, Employment Practices, and Fiduciary rating systems in the industry to measure risk more efficiently while requiring less information from the broker and applicant. Counterpart’s underwriting is complemented by a suite of products and services that help brokers and insureds proactively manage exposures throughout the term of the policy. For more information, visit yourcounterpart.com. About Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited Aspen provides reinsurance and insurance coverage to clients in various domestic and global markets through wholly-owned subsidiaries and offices in Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. For the year ended December 31, 2021, Aspen reported $13.8 billion in total assets, $7.6 billion in gross reserves, $2.8 billion in total shareholders’ equity and $3.9 billion in gross written premiums. Aspen's operating subsidiaries have been assigned a rating of “A-” by Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC and an “A” (“Excellent”) by A.M. Best Company Inc. For more information about Aspen, please visit www.aspen.co.

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