Crum & Forster advances 20-year veteran to SVP of surety claims

Crum & Forster on Monday said it promoted David Thomas to senior vice president of surety claims. Thomas joined the Morristown insurance firm in 2018 as manager of the contract surety claims team and was named vice president of surety claims in 2022. In his new role, Thomas will lead the Surety Division’s overall claims strategy and direction and provide legal advice to the division’s underwriting business units.

“Dave’s philosophy and approach to claims management complements our underwriting,” Matt Lubin, president of the Surety Division at C&F, said. “Dave has a deep understanding of surety claims and has built strong relationships with the underwriting teams across the division’s portfolio. As we focus on continuing to develop and advance surety claims, he is in a great position to move the claims team forward and capitalize on our best-in-class claims handling.”

Thomas has more than 20 years of experience handling claims and managing both commercial and contract surety claims teams. He has also held various roles managing general liability, property and environmental claims.

“We have a team of exceptional people here with both the experience and customer-driven mindset to differentiate C&F’s Surety Division from the rest of the industry in a meaningful and measurable way, and I’m honored to be leading the charge,” Thomas said.

Before joining C&F, Thomas held the position of claims attorney at the Hartford for more than 17 years. He earned a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and holds a B.S. in chemistry and environmental science from the University of Connecticut.