QBE North America Appoints Nathan Bleich to Vice President, Commercial Agriculture Underwriting

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

New York, NY – QBE North America today announced that Nathan Bleich has joined the organization as Vice President, Commercial Agriculture Underwriting. Based in Denver, Colorado, Mr. Bleich will report to Walter Grote, Senior Vice President Commercial Insurance.

In this role, Mr. Bleich will use his deep industry expertise and experience to guide the strategic development of Commercial Agriculture underwriting and operational framework by driving effectiveness, strong risk analysis, and continual policy and process improvement to deliver organizational growth.

A proven agriculture leader with strong underwriting expertise, Mr. Bleich joins QBE from Nationwide where he spent the past 12 years working in the Agribusiness division, most recently as Agribusiness Underwriting Director, where he was responsible for profitably growing a 17 state underwriting territory, and driving strong multi-channel agency partnerships.

Mr. Bleich started his insurance career as an Agribusiness underwriter with Allied Insurance following a successful career in the military. He is a veteran of the Iowa Army National Guard, proudly serving his state and country for nearly a decade. Mr. Bleich received his commission as a second lieutenant prior to his honorable discharge. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management and Management Information Systems from Iowa State University, in addition to the Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist designation.

"Nathan's appointment further strengthens our Commercial Agribusiness department and will allow us to continue to build and execute our growth strategy with the benefit of his deep industry expertise and knowledge," said Mr. Grote.

"Commercial Agriculture is a critical growth segment for our Commercial Insurance business. Nathan's leadership of the dedicated underwriting team servicing the unique needs of our commercial agriculture clients will position us as a market of choice," added Mr. Grote.

About QBE
QBE North America is part of QBE Insurance Group Limited, one of the largest insurers and reinsurers worldwide. QBE NA reported Gross Written Premiums in 2015 of $4.6 billion. QBE Insurance Group's 2015 results can be found at www.qbena.com. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, QBE operates out of 43 countries around the globe, with a presence in every key insurance market. The North America division, headquartered in New York, conducts business through its property and casualty insurance subsidiaries. QBE insurance companies are rated "A" (Excellent) by A.M. Best and "A+" by Standard & Poor's. Additional information can be found at www.qbena.com, or follow QBE North America on Twitter.

Contact
Carla Ferrara, Vice President, Corporate Communications & Branding, 212.497.9604, Carla.ferrara@us.qbe.com