Chubb bolsters energy unit’s leadership team

Whitehouse Station-based Chubb announced Thursday it has strengthened its Energy Industry Practice with two new additions to its leadership team.

Effective immediately, Brad Watson and Barton Porter have been appointed energy industry practice leaders for Chubb’s mid- and large-market business lines, respectively.

As practice leaders, the pair will help companies mitigate a range of risks associated with the energy sector. They will also be managing and expanding relationships with Chubb’s clients.

Watson, in the midmarket energy segment, will be responsible for underwriting for clients focused on mining, petroleum, power, and renewable and alternative energy. Watson has more than 25 years of industry experience, most recently serving as Chubb’s underwriting manager in the Dallas area.

Watson is succeeding David Barclay, who is retiring in June after more than 36 years with the company.

“Chubb’s Energy Industry Practice is a dynamic industry group that has excelled and prospered under David’s leadership,” said Jim West, Chubb’s executive vice president, North America industry practice leader. “With an emphasis on technical knowledge and long-term underwriting profit, David and his team have built strong relationships with key agents, brokers and clients. We thank David for his many years of contributions and wish him well during his well-deserved retirement.”

Porter, in the large-market energy segment, will be responsible for coordinating the company’s global portfolio of its Risk Management business for clients focused on power generation and on and offshore upstream, midstream and downstream companies, including manufacturing and contracting companies.

Porter has 35 years of experience in the property and casualty industry. He joined Chubb in 2014 as a global casualty, senior vice president, underwriting branch manager.

“Chubb has been a trusted, long-term solutions provider, helping global energy clients meet their risk management objectives for decades,” John Alfieri, executive vice president, North America major accounts field operations, said. “Our Major Accounts division brings the necessary collaborative spirit to energy clients and their brokers that drive results one account at a time. With Barton’s extensive industry experience and leadership, we continue to be well-positioned to provide clients with easy access to resources that are designed to help manage a variety of global exposures.”