W. R. Berkley Corporation (NYSE:WRB) today announced that Keith
Mitchell has been named president of Union Standard Insurance Group,
based in Irving, TX. The appointment is effective immediately. Mr.
Mitchell succeeds Craig W. Sparks, who will remain non-executive
chairman and oversee the transition.
Mr. Mitchell, who has 20 years of experience in the insurance industry,
most recently served as Union Standard's vice president and chief
underwriting officer, having joined W. R. Berkley Corporation in 1998.
He graduted with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from
Delta State University and also earned a Masters of Business
Administration degree from the University of Memphis.
William R. Berkley, chairman and chief executive officer of W. R.
Berkley Corporation, commented, "We are fortunate to have not only
someone with Keith's industry experience and longevity with the Company
take over the helm at Union Standard, but also to have the benefit of
Craig's continued service to our organization. Craig's leadership has
positioned Union Standard as a premier provider of commercial lines in
the central southern U.S., and Keith has the skills, knowledge and
expertise to further that position."
Founded in 1967, W. R. Berkley Corporation is an insurance holding
company that is among the largest commercial lines writers in the United
States and operates in three segments of the property casualty insurance
business: Insurance-Domestic, Insurance-International and
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