Woodruff Sawyer | January 28, 2022
Woodruff Sawyer, one of the largest independent insurance brokerages in the US, today announced Ryan Meissner has been promoted to Vice President, SoCal Employee Benefits Practice Leader. Prior to his promotion, Ryan served four years as the Vice President of Data Analytics for Woodruff Sawyer.
Previous to his roles at Woodruff Sawyer, Ryan held underwriting positions at Burnham Benefits and UnitedHealth Group.
As Southern California Employee Benefits Practice Leader, Ryan plans to focus on "making clients' lives easier" through better analytics tools, automation, and continuing the focus on employee needs as well as those of our HR clients.
"Ryan has been a substantial contributor to the Employee Benefits Practice since he joined our firm four years ago. His client focus, financial and business acumen along with his ability to improve outcomes for how we serve clients and address client solutions makes him the right person to lead our SoCal Employee Benefits Practice. We're looking forward to seeing his positive impact on our business."
-Kathy Prosser, Woodruff Sawyer Senior Vice President and National Employee Benefits Practice Leader
About Woodruff Sawyer
As one of the largest insurance brokerage and consulting firms in the US, Woodruff Sawyer protects the people and assets of more than 4,000 companies. We provide expert counsel and fierce advocacy to protect clients against their most critical risks in property & casualty, management liability, cyber liability, employee benefits, and personal wealth management. An active partner of Assurex Global and International Benefits Network, we provide expertise and customized solutions where clients need it, with headquarters in San Francisco, offices throughout the US, and global reach on six continents.
Orion180 | February 16, 2022
Orion180, a homeowners insurance provider leveraging advanced technology to serve independent insurance agents in the Southeastern U.S., has announced the hiring of Christoph Birchler as Chief Financial Officer. The hiring capped a year of significant growth and business momentum that will carry the company into 2022. Birchler joined Orion180 in December 2021 and is responsible for directing the finance, audit, and treasury functions of the organization.
"It's exciting to be part of a team that is truly focused on redefining the Insuretech space while providing customer-centric solutions and competitive products that will deliver unique value to our retail broker partners and insureds, I look forward to being part of Orion180's leadership team to improve on the solid financial foundation the organization has achieved, and further build on the vision and goals the company has set forth for 2022 and beyond."
-Christoph Birchler as Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Birchler has more than 25 years of insurance and financial services experience. Prior to his role at Orion180, he served as an executive with Ernst & Young in New York and Zurich. During his tenure there, he led finance and multi-disciplinary teams in the disciplines of property and casualty, health, reinsurance, and M&As. Birchler's experience includes generally accepted accounting principles (US GAAP) and statutory financial reporting, International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), internal controls assessment and auditing.
"Over the last year, Orion180 experienced tremendous growth, as the organization grew by over 400%. Christoph's experience working with property and casualty carriers across Europe and the US will be a tremendous asset to our team as we continue to scale, We are excited to welcome Christoph to our growing team."
-Ken Gregg, CEO and Founder of Orion180.
Headquartered in Florida, Orion180 operates in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia with plans to continue expanding in 2022.
Orion180 is a homeowners insurance provider leveraging advanced technology to serve independent insurance agents in the Southeastern United States. Providing a combination of human interaction and unsurpassed technology, Orion180 enables real time quoting, binding, and issue functions in a matter of minutes. The company simplifies the homeowners insurance process, providing products that are innovative, fast, and secure. Its product has an A- A.M. Best rating, which means consumers are protected even for the most severe losses.
Relation Insurance | April 04, 2022
Relation Insurance Services, Inc. (“Relation”), one of the largest and fastest-growing national insurance agencies, announced today it acquired the assets of Arkansas-based Dixon Insurance Services, LLC (“Dixon”). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Dixon Insurance Services, LLC (“Dixon”) is a multi-line P&C agency with a heavy focus on commercial lines within the farm and agriculture industry. Dixon is headquartered in Lake City, AR. The Company will fold into Relation’s Central Region and will report up through Mark Kochner.
We are proud to welcome the entire Dixon team to Relation and are excited about expanding our presence in Arkansas with them, Dixon brings expertise in the agriculture industry, and we look forward to serving their customers and growing our presence throughout"
Tim Hall, Executive Vice President and Head of Mergers and Acquisitions for Relation.
About Relation Insurance Services, Inc.
Relation Insurance Services is an insurance brokerage that offers superior risk-management and benefits-consulting services through its family of brands across the United States. It is ranked by Insurance Journal within the top 35 largest agencies in the country by revenue and has approximately 1,200 employees across more than 125 locations nationwide. Relation is a privately held corporation backed by Aquiline Capital Partners, a private equity firm based in New York and London investing in businesses globally across financial services and technology.
Liberty Mutual Insurance | March 02, 2022
Liberty Mutual Insurance has completed the acquisition of State Auto Group, a super-regional property and casualty insurance holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio that distributes personal and small commercial coverages in 33 states through approximately 3,400 independent agents. More than 2,000 State Auto employees will join Liberty Mutual's Global Retail Markets US business unit.
Through the mutual transaction and merger, originally announced in July, Liberty Mutual adds $2.3 billion in premium and becomes the second-largest carrier in the independent agent channel.
Under the terms of the agreement – which received all required regulatory approvals – State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company members became mutual members of Liberty Mutual Holding Company Inc. and Liberty Mutual acquired all of the publicly held shares of common stock of State Auto Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: STFC) for $52 per share in an all-cash-deal of approximately $1 billion. The companies will continue to operate as separate businesses throughout most of 2022.
"Across Liberty Mutual and State Auto, we have a shared commitment to the Independent Agency channel and being the carrier of choice for independent agents, We are closely aligned in how we put people first, strive to make things better, and behave with integrity every day. Together, we'll be a leader in both the personal lines and small commercial insurance markets, helping policyholders when they need it most and giving our people more opportunities to grow and thrive."
-Liberty Mutual President & COO, Global Retail Markets US, Hamid Mirza.
With the completion of the acquisition, Liberty Mutual also confirms the immediate appointment of Kim Garland as president of State Auto. Garland was most recently the company's senior vice president of personal and commercial lines and managing director of State Auto Labs. He added, "We bring together two organizations of passionate, driven, and talented individuals. Our combined strength allows us to significantly expand our relationships with independent agents and brokers, and make more strategic investments in the independent agent channel to continue driving profitable growth."
Waller Helms Advisors LLC and Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC acted as financial advisors and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP acted as legal advisor to Liberty Mutual in the transaction.
Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc. acted as financial advisor and Kirkland & Ellis LLP acted as legal advisor to the Special Committee of Independent Directors of State Auto Financial Corp. in the transaction.
Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, a Stifel Company, and BofA Securities, Inc. acted as financial advisors and Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP acted as legal advisor to the Special Committee of Independent Directors of State Auto Mutual in the transaction.
About Liberty Mutual Insurance
At Liberty Mutual, we believe progress happens when people feel secure. By providing protection for the unexpected and delivering it with care, we help people embrace today and confidently pursue tomorrow. In business since 1912, and headquartered in Boston, today we are the sixth largest global property and casualty insurer based on 2020 gross written premium. We also rank 71 on the Fortune 100 list of largest corporations in the U.S. based on 2020 revenue. As of December 31, 2021, we had $48.2 billion in annual consolidated revenue. We employ over 45,000 people in 29 countries and economies around the world. We offer a wide range of insurance products and services, including personal automobile, homeowners, specialty lines, reinsurance, commercial multiple-peril, workers compensation, commercial automobile, general liability, surety, and commercial property.