The two appointments represent a strengthening of BGSU’s Casualty portfolio, led by Doug Trainor, Executive Vice President, Casualty. Garick and Justin will both be based in California in Walnut Creek and Los Angeles respectively. Garick will report to Mark Richards, Senior Vice President, General Liability and Justin to Jon Liening, Senior Vice President, Excess Casualty.
Garick brings over thirty-five years of underwriting experience across various casualty classes. He joins from Swiss Re where he was Vice President, responsible for western region territory wholesale produced E&S Casualty business. Prior to this, Garick spent five years at Rockhill Insurance Company, where he developed and launched the general liability E&S business and led the sale of the surety team to AmTrust. Before joining Rockhill, Garick wrote casualty for QBE Americas, Fireman’s Fund and held roles at brokers Guy Carpenter and Benfield.
Justin joins BSGU from Redstone Underwriters, where he was a Senior Vice President, focussed on contractors’ general liability. Justin has also held senior casualty underwriting roles at Pioneer Programs Insurance Solutions and Ironshore Insurance. He started his career at Lexington Insurance, underwriting Construction risk.
These hires follow a period of sustained growth for BGSU’s Casualty and Professional Lines offering, most recently with the appointment of Mark Richards as Senior Vice President, General Liability in 2018.
Nick Davies, President, Brit Americas, commented: “We are pleased to announce two more excellent hires to our well-established US Casualty teams. Justin and Garick bring both extensive experience of successfully writing casualty business, and their market relationships will help drive growth in the segment. Their appointments will build on the strong momentum we have seen in Casualty classes over the last few years.”
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BGSU underwrites on behalf of Brit Syndicate 2987, providing retailers and wholesalers with Lloyd’s financial strength and capabilities, rated AM Best ‘A’ (Excellent), Fitch A+ (Strong), and Standard & Poor’s A+ (Strong). BGSU offers insurance and reinsurance products on both an E&S and admitted basis, with a focus on Specialty Package, Property and Professional Lines. BGSU is headquartered in Chicago, and has underwriting expertise in all US time zones.