Claims People: Crawford & Co., Preferred Medical, Beazley and Parts Trader

May 5, 2020
New CEO, President Take Helm at Crawford & Co.
Rohit Verma

Crawford & Company has appointed Rohit Verma as chief executive officer to replace Harsha V. Agadi, who stepped down as CEO and president , but will return to the company’s board of directors.

Crawford also appointed Joseph Blanco, previously general counsel, as president. Both appointments will take effect May 15 at the end of the company’s scheduled annual shareholder’s meeting.

Agadi had served as president and CEO of the Atlanta-based claims administration provider since 2015 and has been a board member since 2010. He said in a press release that he is pleased with the “orderly transition” and “humbled” that he was asked to remain on as a board member.

Verma has been Crawford’s chief operating officer for the past three years. He joined the company from Zurich Insurance.

Blanco has been with Crawford for the past four years. Before that, he was managing partner for the international law firm Dentons.

Verma holds an undergraduate degree in computer engineering from University of Delhi, India, and a master’s degree from Northwestern University in Chicago. He has also attended leadership programs at Harvard, Cambridge and London Business School.

Blanco holds a Juris Doctor degree from Emory University, where he held the position of editor-in-chief of the Emory Law Journal, and a bachelor of arts in economics and government from the University of Notre Dame, where he served as student body president. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.

Preferred Medical Hires Chief Clinical Officer

Preferred Medical, a pharmacy benefit manager and ancillary service partner in workers’ compensation, announced that Jim Andrews has joined the company as chief clinical officer.

Andrews will provide clinical strategy and program recommendations to drive value-based care to Preferred Medical’s customers.

Prior to joining Preferred Medical, Andrews held the positions of executive vice president of pharmacy services at Optum and general manager of clinical products and services at Healthcare Solutions, Inc. He is also a licensed pharmacist in Georgia and Florida and affiliated with many professional associations within the industry.

Preferred Medical, based in Louisville, Ky., was founded in 1997.

Beazley Appoints Head of Cyber and Executive Risk

Specialist insurer Beazley has appointed Bethany Greenwood as global head of cyber and executive risk (CyEx), starting in July 2020. She will join Beazley’s executive committee at the same time.

Greenwood joined Beazley last September to lead the London market and US-based executive risk team, focusing on a wide range of products including US directors & officers (D&O) and employment practices liability.

In a career spanning more than 20 years, Greenwood has worked extensively across management liability lines, including D&O, errors & omissions and cyber programs.

She will succeed Mike Donovan, who has decided to retire from Beazley after 15 years with the company. However, Donovan will remain with Beazley for longer to ensure a smooth handover with Bethany and the team, the company said.

Also within CyEx, Paul Bantick, who currently leads the London market & international cyber and tech team, will take on global responsibility for cyber and tech in July

Parts Trader Names Chief Innovation Officer

Parts Trader has appointed insurance industry veteran Greg Horn as its chief innovation officer.

Horn previously held-executive-level positions with several insurance companies, most recently as the assistant vice president of auto and property claims strategy at The Hartford, the Chicago-based auto parts supplier said in a press release.

Horn also served as vice president of industry relations and data analytics for Mitchell International. His background includes leadership positions at GMAC Insurance, National Grange Mutual and Leader/Transport Insurance Companies.

Over the course of his career, Horn has served on the I-CAR Education Foundation, the General Motors Safety Council and GM Fixed Operations Advisory Committee. Most recently, he has contributed two years as trustee for the Collision Industry Foundation.

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