Claims People: IAT, CoreLogic and MedRisk

IAT Appoints Senior VP for Claims
Heidi Bendick

IAT Insurance Group has appointed Heidi Bendick as senior vice president of claims operations.

“Heidi has a winning mix of technical knowledge, industry experience and people skills,” stated Chief Claims Officer Trent Haas in a press release. “Her passion for employee engagement and development aligns well with the IAT culture and we look forward to the leadership she will bring for our claims operations team.”

Benedict was previously vice president of claims operations for CNA, where she led a team of 300 employees. She has experience with claims operations, payment management, customer service and developing quality assurance programs, the carrier said.

Bendick’s experience also includes underwriting operations and back-office processing at Travelers Insurance. She started her career as a service representative at Safeco Insurance.

Bendick holds a bachelor of science in business administration from Central Washington University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Gonzaga University.

Sedgwick Appoints Absence Management Chief
Martin Shiblaq

Sedgwick has appointed Marwan Shiblaq as president of its workplace absence division.

Shiblaq has more than 20 years of claims leadership experience, the Memphis, Tenn.-based claims administrator said in a press release. He replaces Darryl Hammann, who recently retired after a 28-year career with Sedgwick.

“Marwan is an outstanding leader with a special talent for connecting with people — colleagues and clients alike. He is a natural fit for this senior role, and I am extremely confident in the continued development of our workforce absence business under his leadership,” stated Jim Ryan, Sedgwick chief operating officer, Americas.

Shiblaq has has worked for Sedgwick since 2011. Most recently, he was managing director of the company’s client services teams for disability, leave of absence and job accommodation programs.

Shiblaq previously served on the company’s inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Council.

Sedgwick’s absence management team assists employers in simplifying disability and leave of absence. This includes guidance and tracking for compliance as federal, state and municipal leave laws change in response to COVID-19.

CoreLogic Appoints Leader for Insurance Data Services
Garret Gray

CoreLogic, a property information data analytics provider, has appointed Garret Gray as leader of its Protect business unit, where he will oversee all of the company’s insurance data and technology services.

Gray is the former founder and chief executive officer of Next Gear Solutions, a company that CoreLogic purchased late last year, the company said in a press release. The acquisition enabled CoreLogic — based in Irvine, Calif. — to combine Next Gear’s digital workflow platform with CoreLogic’s estimating platform, Claims Connect.

“CoreLogic is dedicated to our insurance and restoration customers and has made a significant investment to expand our state-of-the-art platforms and digital solutions,” Gray stated in a press release. “The combination of an integrated and unified business unit strategically enables us to completely re-imagine property insurance workflows and build market-driven solutions that drive even better outcomes for our customers throughout the entire property insurance lifecycle.”

MedRisk Appoints ‘Co-CEO’

MedRisk appointed Danielle Lisenbey to “co-chief executive officer,” a position she will share with Ken Martino.

“Danielle and I work as a team,” Martino said in a press release. “She already oversees the company’s operations and explores strategic growth opportunities, essentially serving as co-CEO. It’s time she had the title and recognition.”

MedRisk is a managed care provider for physical rehabilitation services to injured workers, headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. Lisenbey joined the company as president in late 2020.

Lisenbey oversaw development of the company’s learning program for employees and created a “post-pandemic” work environment, blending in-office assignments with the ability to work from home, the company said.