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People Moves: Argo’s Grange Joins B&B’s Programs; Bridge Names Zurich’s Batta; Liberty Mutual Promotes Rhodes in Claims

People Moves: Argo’s Grange Joins B&B’s Programs; Bridge Names Zurich’s Batta; Liberty Mutual Promotes Rhodes in Claims

Grange Replaces Heath at B&B’s National Programs Unit

Jeff Grange has been named president of Tampa Programs, part of Brown & Brown National Programs, which includes the Dental Protector Plan, Lawyers Protector Plan, Protector Plans for optometrists and physicians, and other professional insurance programs.

Grange replaces Susan Heath who is retiring after a 23-year career at Brown & Brown.

“She has left a mark in Tampa Programs that will forever be admired and respected,” said Chris Walker, president of Brown & Brown National Programs, about Heath.

Grange has more than 30 years of industry experience. Most recently, he was the executive vice president of U.S. operations for Argo Group. His responsibilities included claims, Argo Insurance, Rockwood Casualty Insurance Co., Argo Pro, Argo Cyber, Argo Primary Casualty and Argo Excess Casualty business units.

From 2013 to 2019 Grange was president of specialty and commercial insurance for QBE North America as well as the global head of Trade Credit & Surety. Prior to QBE, he was chairman of the group underwriting committee and global practice leader for management and professional liability at Torus Insurance. He also spent 20 years with the Chubb Group, where he held various global senior management roles. Grange is on the North American Board of Advisors for Catalyst, a global nonprofit working to help build workplaces that work for women.

National Programs is composed of 29 managing general agencies and program administrators offering 65 insurance markets, including small business, forestry, special events, professional liability, municipalities and educational institutions.

Batta Joins Bridge Wholesale in Operations

Bridge Specialty Wholesale, the newly-formed subsidiary of Brown & Brown, has named Anurag Batta as chief operating officer for Bridge Specialty Group.

In this newly-created role, Batta will be responsible for driving operational transformation and profitable growth. He will work closely with Stephen M. Boyd, president ,and other senior leaders.

Batta brings 20 years of strategic and operational experience to Bridge Specialty Group. Prior to joining Bridge Specialty Group, Batta served as the chief operating officer of Zurich North America, where he was responsible for strategy, business transformation, innovation, customer experience, data and analytics, corporate communications, and marketing.

Bridge Specialty Group was launched in February 2021 by Brown & Brown to encompass its more than 25 broad wholesale insurance businesses and is focused on bringing the power of collective size and specialty to the wholesale brokerage marketplace.

Rhodes Heads Liberty Mutual Workers’ Comp Claims

Liberty Mutual Insurance has appointed Virna Rhodes to lead its workers’ compensation claims organization, which managed more than 300,000 new claims in 2020, representing more than $3 billion in medical and indemnity payments.

Global Risk Solutions Chief Claims Officer Steve Deane said Rhodes will lead an organization for injured workers and customers of Helmsman Management Services, Liberty Mutual’s wholly-owned third-party administrator.

Before joining Liberty Mutual in 2013, and subsequently transitioning to commercial insurance claims, Rhodes managed a range of claims teams at both Allstate Insurance and Farmers Insurance.

Rhodes takes over leadership of the workers’ compensation claims organization from Wes Hyatt, who recently was appointed chief client officer, Global Risk Solutions.

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