QBE North America Appoints Steven D. Allen as Senior Vice President, General Aviation

Monday, April 04, 2016

New York, NY – QBE North America, an operating division of QBE Group, today announced that Steven D. Allen has been promoted to Senior Vice President, General Aviation. In this role, Mr. Allen will be responsible for the continued development and execution of QBE North America’s Aviation go-to-market strategy, while driving underwriting excellence, strong portfolio management, effective distribution and delivering a differentiated and specialized customer experience.

Mr. Allen joined QBE in 2015 as Vice President, Aviation Claims, overseeing all Aviation claims and litigation. In a short period of time, he built an industry-leading claims department and actively managed loss ratios by aggressively pursuing recovery, subrogation and salvage opportunities. He has been serving as the interim Senior Vice President, General Aviation, in addition to leading Aviation Claims since January 2016. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Allen will report to Jeff Grange, President, Specialty Insurance.

“Steve's understanding of the key levers that enable profitable growth, customer orientation, and claims expertise, along with his specialized knowledge of the aviation industry, is a great asset to QBE,” said David Duclos, CEO, QBE North America.

Mr. Grange echoed Mr. Duclos’ comments, and added, “I am pleased to have Steve on the Specialty Insurance leadership team. His appointment further underscores our commitment to underwriting excellence and deep industry expertise.”

With a track record of success, Mr. Allen – an attorney – has more than 20 years of insurance, legal and management experience in the Aviation insurance arena. Over the past two decades, he held numerous leadership roles, including his most recent position before joining QBE in 2015 as Vice President, Complex Litigation and Airlines Manager at AIG Aerospace in Atlanta, GA.

Mr. Allen previously served as in-house counsel to several aviation-focused organizations and law firms. A veteran of the United States Air Force, he served as a pilot for nearly a decade before his Honorable Discharge.

He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University, Waco; a Master of Arts from Webster University, Albuquerque; a Master of Business Administration from The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; and a Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University, Dallas.

QBE Aviation, part of QBE Specialty Insurance, is a leading insurer of general aviation in the U.S., known for our strong advocacy of aviation safety and broad appetite. Our claims adjustors understand the importance of proactive claims management and getting aircraft back into service as quickly as possible. QBE Specialty underwrites risks and provides exemplary coverage and services to support the specialized needs of customers across a wide variety of segments and industry sectors. These include Accident & Health, Aviation, Public Company, Private Company, Commercial Errors & Omissions, Financial Institutions, Healthcare, Media & Entertainment, Trade Credit, Transactional Liability, Surety and Inland Marine risk, for appointed retail and wholesale producers.

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.

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