RLI Announces Leadership Promotions
PEORIA, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- RLI Corp. (NYS: RLI) - RLI Corp. has announced promotions within its operations and underwriting team that will position the company for continued success. The following changes are effective immediately.
Craig Kliethermes Promoted to Executive Vice President, Operations
Craig Kliethermes, Senior Vice President, Risk Services, has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Operations. In this expanded role, Kliethermes will assume management responsibility for RLI's specialty admitted and reinsurance businesses including the Marine, Transportation and Executive Products Groups, in addition to his current responsibilities overseeing the Professional Services Group, Reinsurance Group and Risk Services Department.
Kliethermes joined RLI in 2006 and has taken on increasing levels of operations and underwriting responsibility throughout his tenure. Kliethermes has more than 28 years of experience in the insurance industry and has extensive expertise in actuarial management, catastrophe management, reinsurance and product management.
Paul Simoneau Promoted to Senior Vice President, Excess & Surplus Lines
Paul Simoneau, Vice President, Casualty, has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Excess & Surplus (E&S) Lines. Simoneau will continue leading the RLI Casualty Group, but will also assume responsibility for the E&S Property and Specialty Programs Groups.
Simoneau joined RLI in 1987 and has led RLI's Casualty Brokerage business since 2006. Simoneau has more than 35 years of underwriting experience.
Roy Die Promoted to Senior Vice President, Surety
Roy Die, Vice President, Surety, has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Surety. Die will continue leading the Commercial, Contract, Oil & Gas and Miscellaneous Surety Groups.
Die joined RLI in 1999 and has more than 25 years of underwriting experience.
John Stenhouse Promoted to Vice President, Excess & Surplus Property
John Stenhouse, Assistant Vice President, E&S Property, has been promoted to Vice President, E&S Property and will report to Paul Simoneau. Stenhouse will assume management responsibility for the RLI E&S Property Group following the retirement of Jeff Wefer, Senior Vice President, E&S Property.
Stenhouse joined RLI in 2000 and previously served as Manager, Southeast E&S Property. He has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance industry and extensive expertise in all lines of underwriting, regional underwriting management and facultative reinsurance.
"We have great confidence that these leaders, who have been developed internally and are dedicated to our culture and values, will drive our organization forward," said RLI Insurance Company President & COO Michael J. Stone. "They will improve our product alignment and create greater focus on growing underwriting profits in our Surety, Admitted Property and Casualty and Surplus Lines platforms."
"In addition, we would like to thank Jeff Wefer for his valuable contributions during his tenure at RLI," said Stone. "Jeff has played an instrumental role in helping grow RLI's Property business and we wish him all the best in retirement. John Stenhouse's extensive industry experience and outstanding leadership skills will serve him well in his new role leading the E&S Property Group."
"These promotions showcase RLI's deep bench of underwriting leadership and recognize Craig, Paul, Roy and John's many contributions to the company's outstanding, long-term underwriting track record," added Stone.
RLI, a specialty insurance company, offers a diversified portfolio of property and casualty coverages and surety bonds serving niche or underserved markets. RLI operates in all 50 states from office locations across the country. RLI's insurance subsidiaries - RLI Insurance Company, Mt. Hawley Insurance Company, RLI Indemnity Company and Contractors Bonding and Insurance Company - are rated A+ "Superior" by A.M. Best Company.
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