Sipple, recognized leader with decades of experience, joins Crum & Forster as SVP of inland marine practice

Crum & Forster said Wednesday that Michelle Sipple has joined the Morristown-based company to lead the inland marine practice within its Property Lines Division. In this role, Sipple will be responsible for strategic initiatives to drive growth and profitability for the firm’s Inland Marine Division.

“Ms. Sipple is an accomplished inland marine underwriting professional with experience in builders risk, motor truck cargo and contractors equipment,” Steve Fomchenko, president, Property Lines Division, Crum & Forster, said. “This position requires a great deal of underwriting acumen and relationship management skills, which Michelle possesses. She brings these key competencies and much more to the practice and to Crum & Forster. We are thrilled to have her on our team.”

Sipple’s previous experience includes inland marine leadership positions at Everest Insurance, Lexington Insurance Co., ACE Westchester, the Hanover Insurance Group, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. and Chubb. She also serves on the board of the Inland Marine Underwriters Association, a national association for the commercial inland marine insurance industry in the U.S.

“Crum & Forster’s inland marine unit has an established team of experienced underwriters who understand the complexities of this highly specialized line of business,” Sipple stated. “I look forward to leading this team in bringing our expert inland marine insurance solutions to market — tailoring them for each client’s unique exposures and specific requirements while delivering value and market-leading customer service.”