Chubb Names John Watkins Head Of Casualty Claims For North America Claims

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Chubb has named John Watkins Senior Vice President, Head of Casualty Claims for its North America Claims Organization. Mr. Watkins will report to Jeffrey Miller, Executive Vice President, Senior Claim Officer, North American Claims. Prior to Mr. Watkins being appointed to this position, Mr. Miller oversaw casualty claims for North America in addition to his current role.

In this position, Mr. Watkins will be responsible for managing approximately 325 casualty claims examiners and will oversee primary, excess, and umbrella general liability claims for both commercial and personal lines as well as environmental, construction, construction defect, medical risk, life science, aviation, programs, agriculture, and multinational claims.

Mr. Watkins brings more than 27 years of claims management experience. During the course of his career, he has served in a number of positions of increasing responsibilities, most recently serving as Senior Vice President of Complex Claims for Liberty Mutual's Commercial Insurance business. He joined the company as Head of its Litigation Group. Prior, Mr. Watkins was National Claims Counsel for Allmerica (now Hanover) where he set strategy for resolution of high exposure and complex claims. He joined Allmerica as Litigation Counsel. Mr. Watkins began his career in private practice, joining Cooney, Scully and Dowling in Connecticut after law school and later joined Uehlein, Nason and Wall in Boston.

Mr. Watkins will be based in Basking Ridge, N.J.

"John is a strategic leader and has a broad claims and legal background with an emphasis on managing complex casualty lines. His deep expertise and industry knowledge will enable our strong casualty team to further provide superior claims handling for our commercial and personal lines clients," said Frank Lattal, Senior Vice President and Chief Claims Officer, Chubb Group. "I look forward to working alongside him in supporting our world-class casualty claims service team."

Mr. Watkins received his Juris Doctor (Honors) degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Massachusetts.

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