Willis Launches Luxury Yacht Practice

August 7, 2008

Willis Group Holdings has launched a North American Yacht practice within its Marine Group, and has appointed a practice leader and team.

“The new practice will serve the insurance needs of the owners of North America’s most prestigious luxury yachts, and will be based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,” said the bulletin.

Nancy Poppe will head the new team as Sr. Vice President, North American Yacht Practice Leader. She will report to Brian Fuller, CEO Willis Marine, Willis North America. Poppe brings more than 13 years of experience to her new position. She entered the insurance industry as a commercial property and casualty generalist in 1988, and joined Marsh Yacht in 1995, heading the practice for the last 10 years.

Willis said that “together with Shawn Kucharski, Vice President of Hull, Marine North America, Willis now has one of the most recognizable yacht teams in North America.

“Reporting to Poppe are Christel Mohr and Diana Fabozzi, both Vice Presidents in the practice. Mohr spent five years with Marsh Yacht and the past year as office head in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She joined Marsh after completing her MBA, including international studies and residency in Spain. Fabozzi has spent 10 years with Marsh Yacht. She handled Marsh’s largest and most complex clients and has a reputation in the industry as having set new standards for service and expertise. The fourth member of the team is Kathy Shea, also formerly with Marsh.

Willis added that its Marine Yacht practice currently handles insurance for more than 20 of the world’s 100 largest luxury yachts.”

Source: Willis Group Holdings – www.willis.com

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