Wells Fargo Insurance Expands in Midwest; Announces New Regional Leadership Team


Wells Fargo Insurance Expands in Midwest; Announces New Regional Leadership Team

World's fifth largest broker continues to invest in one of its fastest growing regions

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Wells Fargo Insurance, part of Wells Fargo & Company (NYS: WFC) , today announced three new leaders to its Midwest team. Barton Bates, Tony Evans, and Stephen Zimmer will join the Midwest Insurance team as the company continues to grow its property and casualty, employee benefits and private risk management services in one of the fastest growing regions for Wells Fargo Insurance.

"As one of the largest insurance brokers in the Midwest, Wells Fargo will continue to hire and promote the best professionals in the industry," said John Meder, regional managing director. "Under this new leadership team, I'm confident we will provide our customers in the Midwest with enhanced expertise, resources and services as we continue to serve their insurance needs."

  • Barton Bateswill lead the commercial lines service teams in Chicago and provide insurance placement assistance to the Midwest region as the regional placement leader. Reporting to Jim Wylie, managing director for Chicago, Bates most recently served as Chicago placement officer at Willis of Illinois.

  • Tony Evanswas named senior sales executive and will manage customers within Wells Fargo's Risk Management Solutions segment. Also reporting to Wylie, Evans was most recently president of Hylant's Chicago operations.

  • Stephen Zimmer was named the new National Property Practice leader and will focus on the design and negotiation of property insurance placements. He reports to Doug O'Brien, National Casualty and Alternative Risk Practice leader. Zimmer was most recently senior vice president and National Brokerage Property Placement leader for Marsh, a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies.

Serving Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, Wells Fargo Insurance has 2,187 offices in the Midwest. With 2,068 team members across the region, the business provides insurance services to the company's business banking, middle market, large corporate and high net worth customers. The company most recently named 19-year company veteran Jason Paulnock managing director for its Minnesota office.

About Wells Fargo Insurance

Wells Fargo Insurance1 is the fifth largest insurance broker in the world (Business Insurance, 2013). With 127 offices in 36 states including D.C., Wells Fargo Insurance provides solutions for a wide range of customers, including retail consumers, high net worth individuals, small businesses, as well as middle market and large corporate customers. The 7,000 insurance professionals of Wells Fargo Insurance write or place $15 billion of risk premiums annually in property, casualty, benefits, international, personal lines, and life products and also includes the nation's largest crop insurance provider, Rural Community Insurance Services (RCIS).

About Wells Fargo & Company

Wells Fargo & Company (NYS: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.4 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, and the Internet (wellsfargo.com), and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank's customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than 270,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 25 on Fortune's 2013 rankings of America's largest corporations. Wells Fargo's vision is to satisfy all our customers' financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at blog.wellsfargo.com.

1Ranking includes Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc., Wells Fargo Insurance Services of West Virginia, Inc., Wells Fargo Insurance, Inc., and Rural Community Insurance Company

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