$WRB (W.R. Berkley Corporation)

$WRB {{ '2016-04-27T16:28:08+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$WRB said it appointed Kevin Hogan as SVP and COO, effective immediately. Susan Vella has been named SVP - customer experience, effective immediately. Christoph Ritterson has been named SVP - marketing, effective immediately. All three will report to corporate SVP Kathleen Tierney, who oversees this new business unit.

$WRB {{ '2017-06-12T20:03:31+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$WRB announced the formation of Berkley International Fianzas Mexico S.A. and Berkley International Seguros Mexico S.A. Both have been granted authorization to commence operations by Comision Nacional de Seguros y Fianzas (CNSF) and will begin offering coverages to clients throughout Mexico in the next few weeks.

$WRB {{ '2017-06-07T15:55:13+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$WRB announced the formation of two independent operating units, Berkley Entertainment & Sports and Berkley Environmental. These units, which previously comprised Berkley Specialty Underwriting Managers, have grown and evolved into independently successful businesses.

$WRB {{ '2017-05-22T21:09:05+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Berkley Insurance Co., the lead insurance company subsidiary of $WRB, appointed each of Naomi Kinderman and Beth Zaro Green as VP, claims senior counsel. The appointments are effective immediately.

$WRB {{ '2017-05-17T11:42:36+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$WRB has increased the regular cash dividend on its common stock to 14 cents per share. It will be paid on July 5, 2017 to stockholders as on June 15, 2017. The BoD has also declared a special cash dividend on its common stock of 50 cents per share to be paid on July 5, 2017 to stockholders as on June 15, 2017.

$WRB {{ '2017-04-19T17:09:20+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$WRB said Michael Nannizzi has joined its corporate investment team. In this newly created role, Nannizzi will be responsible for evaluating investments in emerging insurance technology companies. The appointment is effective immediately. Nannizzi most recently served as the lead equity analyst covering insurance at $GS.

$WRB {{ '2017-03-24T11:05:47+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$WRB appointed Christopher Rourke as President of Berkley North Pacific, a Berkley Company. The appointment is effective immediately. Rourke succeeds Jeffrey Dehn, who will retire following a management transition.

$WRB {{ '2017-03-08T18:22:01+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$WRB's BoD has nominated Maria Luisa Ferré to stand for election as a new director at the company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders on May 16, 2017. At that time, George G. Daly, who has served on the Board since 1998, is expected to retire. Ms. Ferré is the President of the Ferré Rangel Group and Editor of GFR Media.

$WRB {{ '2017-02-09T11:46:12+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$WRB's BoD declared a regular quarterly cash dividend on its common stock of 13 cents per share. The dividend will be paid on April 5, 2017 to stockholders of record at the close of business on March 15, 2017.

$WRB {{ '2017-01-19T16:54:32+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$WRB appointed Melissa Emmendorfer as SVP, insurance risk management, and Mir Mazhar as SVP, chief project officer. Jonathan Schriber has been appointed as SVP, underwriting. All appointments are effective immediately.

$WRB {{ '2016-12-09T11:45:43+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$WRB appointed Miklos Kallo as president of Berkley Regional Specialty. He succeeds Paul McAuliffe, who will retire at the end of the year after 15 years of service with the company. The appointment is effective immediately.

$WRB {{ '2016-12-02T18:31:56+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$WRB introduced its new high net worth personal lines brand, Berkley One. Set to launch its products in 2H17, Berkley One will offer specialty personal insurance coverages to sophisticated individuals and families on behalf of W. R. Berkley Insurance Group member insurance companies.

$WRB {{ '2016-11-18T12:16:27+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$WRB said it formed Berkley Cyber Risk Solutions to focus on insurance and risk management products that respond to the changing cyber security vulnerabilities of organizations around the world. Berkley Cyber Risk Solutions will offer specialty commercial insurance packages.

$WRB {{ '2016-11-04T18:47:19+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$WRB's BoD declared a special cash dividend of 50 cents per common share, payable on Nov. 21, 2016 to stockholders of record on Nov. 14, 2016. Also, the BoD declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of 13 cents per common share, payable on Dec. 15, 2016 to stockholders of record on Dec. 1, 2016.

$WRB {{ '2016-09-01T11:03:42+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Insurance holding company $WRB said it has appointed Richard Lowery, from Risk Solutions International, as SVP and CIO, reporting to Lucille Sgaglione, EVP. In this role, Lowery will be responsible for the development and implementation of strategic information technology solutions. The appointment is effective immediately.

$WRB {{ '2016-08-11T17:58:22+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$WRB said it closed previously disclosed sale of a wholly-owned investment, Aero Precision Industries, and certain related aviation services businesses. As expected, $WRB realized a pre-tax gain of about $130MM on sale.

$WRB {{ '2016-08-02T20:20:46+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

The BoD of $WRB declared a regular quarterly cash dividend on its common stock of $0.13 per share and a special cash dividend on its common stock of $0.50 per share. Both of these dividends are to be paid on October 5, 2016, to stockholders of record as of September 20, 2016.

$WRB {{ '2016-07-25T22:11:24+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

Michael Nannizzi of Goldman Sachs asks if $WRB expects a natural expense ratio for the businesses it is starting to be different than the remainder of its business. CEO Robert Berkley said some of the businesses will take more time to mature than others and added $WRB expects the ratio to be in the low-30s long term and expects to push it farther.

$WRB {{ '2016-07-25T21:39:03+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$WRB said at June 30, 2016 after-tax unrealized investment gains were $363MM, representing an increase of $182MM or more than 100% rise from the beginning of the year. The average rating was AA-, which was unchanged, and the company shortened the portfolio from 3.3 years at Dec. 2015 to 3 years at the end of June 2016.

$WRB {{ '2016-07-25T21:34:13+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$WRB said that the accident year loss ratio before cat losses of 60.3% compared with 60.5% a year ago, and comparable to full year 2015 at 60.6%. The company stated that it reported losses of $40MM or 2.6 loss points in 2Q16 compared with $25MM or 1.6 loss points last year.

$WRB {{ '2016-07-25T21:29:44+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$WRB said that for the Reinsurance segment, net premiums written increased almost 20% to $171MM. The company added that this growth continues to be driven by structured reinsurance and a few other items.

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