Chubb promotes executive to practice head

Whitehouse Station-based insurance firm Chubb has named a new practice leader for its North American Commercial Insurance Industry Practice, it announced recently.

Paul Lewis, who will now oversee Chubb’s Commercial Insurance Industry practices in the U.S. and Canada, succeeds Jim West, who is retiring after more than 38 years with the company.

Lewis has been Chubb’s Commercial Insurance chief underwriting officer since 2016, and served as Personal Insurance chief underwriting officer before that. The 36-year industry veteran will report to Scott Gunter, senior vice president, Chubb Group, and division president, North America Commercial Insurance.

“As the business environment continues to change, so do the needs of our clients, and it has never been more important to craft specific offerings tailored to the unique risks of the industries we support,” Gunter said in a prepared statement. “Paul brings a wealth of knowledge; his understanding of the midmarket environment and the needs of our clients make him an ideal fit for this position. I look forward to working with him to ensure we continue providing solutions designed to help manage a variety of midmarket exposures.”

Ben Rockwell, Chubb’s Commercial Primary Casualty manager, will take over for Lewis as Commerical Insurance chief underwriting officer. He will also report to Gunter.