Claims People: Crawford & Co., Davies Group and Provencher & Co.

July 10, 2020
Crawford Appoints President of Complex Claims Team
Paul Kottler

Crawford & Co. has appointed Paul Kottler as president of Global Technical Services.

Kottler will assume a role previously held by Terry Hunt, who retired after a 27-year career. Hunt had been president of the U.S. GTS team since 2017.

Kottler will oversee the Crawford team that is responsible for all large and complex claims in the United States. He will also lead initiatives to strengthen GTS’ market position, the Atlanta-based claims administrator said in a press release.

Kottler will report to Andrew Bart, global president of Crawford GTS.

Kottler is returning to Crawford after a 10 year absence, He worked as regional vice president of U.S. property and casualty for the company from 2004 to 2010, according to his Linkedin page. After that, he became president and chief operating officer of IAS Claims Services, national director of business development for Engle Martin & Associates and president of Norcross, a Seattle-based affiliate of McLaren’s.

Kottler graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kansas State University.

Davies Appoints CEO for U.S. Claims Unit
Matt Button

Davies Group, a global professional services firm based in London, has appointed Matt Button as chief executive officer of its US Claims Solutions business.

Button has held the position in an interim role since October 2019, the company said in a press release. His permanent appointment became effective July 1, the company said. Button will relocate from London to Davie’s U.S. headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee.

Davies entered the U.S. claims administration business just last year with the purchase of Frontier, a national claims adjusting services business, and ASC, a third-party administrator for workers’ compensation and other property and casualty claims.

Button joined Davies in 2015 from Towergate, where he held senior roles in merges and acquisition and finance, the company said. He reports to Davies Group CEO Dan Saulter.

Davies said it employs 3,700 people in offices in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Bermuda, the U.S. and Canada.

Provencher Appoints Supervising Examiner
John Amick

Provencher & Co. LLC has appointed John Amick as supervising examiner.

The independent claims shop, based in Hammond, Louisiana, said Amick has more than 30 years experience in clams management and quality control. “His old-fashioned values of fairness, integrity, and respect are attributes that make him the successful leader he is today,” the company said in a press release.

Amick previously was vice president of claims and a regional general adjuster for Union Mutual,where he worked for the past 14 years, according to his Linkedin page.He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics from Houghton College in New York.

Amick has been involved with the Vermont Claims Association and Vermont Chapter of the Charter Property & Casualty Underwriters. Amick’s central office will be primarily located in the Northeast region, the company said

Everest Hires Casualty Claims Head

Everest Insurance has hired Louis Manger as head of Casualty Claims. In this role, Manger will lead all facets of Casualty Claims, including all direct-handled and TPA-administered claims. He will be based in Liberty Corner, N.J.

Manger joins Everest from Blackboard Insurance, where he served as chief claims officer. Prior to joining Blackboard, he worked at Turner Construction as regional claim director for the Northeast region.

He was previously a vice president at AIG, managing claims teams in the Complex Casualty Claims unit. He started his professional career as an attorney in private practice with the Wilson Elser firm in New York, specializing in the defense of general liability and products liability matters.

Everest Re Group Ltd. is a global provider of reinsurance and insurance, operating for nearly 50 years through subsidiaries in the U.S., Europe, Singapore, Canada, Bermuda and other territories. Everest offers property, casualty and specialty products through its various operating affiliates located in key markets around the world.

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