Wells Fargo Insurance Announces New Bay Area Practice Leaders
Industry veterans named to lead Life Sciences, International and Semiconductor
SAN FRANCISCO -- December 18, 2012
To better meet the specialized insurance needs of its Bay Area customers,
Wells Fargo Insurance, part of Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC), has named
Frank Ross, Rod Okimoto and Shalini Ati as head of its Life Sciences,
International and Semiconductor insurance practices, respectively.
Wells Fargo’s Bay Area Insurance team is focused on growing the company’s
property and casualty, employee benefits and private risk management services
in the market. With five offices and approximately 285 team members, the team
serves the insurance needs of Wells Fargo’s existing business banking, middle
market, large corporate, and high net worth customers.
“Wells Fargo Insurance is one of the largest insurance brokers in the Bay
Area, and we will continue to promote the best professionals in the business
to bring excellent service to our clients and serve all of their insurance
needs," said Bob Volkel, head of Bay Area Operations. “These appointments also
support our goals to enhance our industry expertise, expand customer reach,
and drive long term growth."
Frank Ross will now lead the region’s Life Sciences Practice group, managing
life science growth initiatives, technical support, risk identification and
assessment, and claims management services. The Life Sciences Practice group
is a national practice dedicated to managing specialized insurance products
specific to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Based in San
Francisco, Ross reports to Roland Graham-Helwig, head of the Bay Area Risk
Management group. He joined Wells Fargo in 2003 as head of Wells Fargo
Insurance Services Technology Practice group.
Rod Okimoto will now serve as the Semiconductor Practice Leader for the
region, overseeing Bay Area-based global technology companies. The
Semiconductor Practice group provides risk management insurance solutions for
the manufacturing industry. Okimoto is based in San Carlos, and also reports
to Graham-Helwig. He joined Wells Fargo in 2011 as part of the Technology
Shalini Ati will lead the International Practice team, responsible for
supporting Wells Fargo’s multinational clients in the Northwest Region,
including the Bay Area. Based in San Carlos, Ati joined Wells Fargo is 2011
and reports to Celine Hannon, commercial lines manager.
About Wells Fargo Insurance
Wells Fargo Insurance^1 is the fifth largest insurance broker in the
world(Business Insurance, 2012). With 127 offices in 37 states, Wells Fargo
Insurance provides solutions for a wide range of customers, including retail
consumers, high net worth individuals, small businesses, as well as middle
market and large corporate customers. The insurance professionals of Wells
Fargo Insurance write $15 billion of risk premiums annually in property,
casualty, benefits, international, personal lines, and life products.
About Wells Fargo & Company
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified,
community-based financial services company with $1.4 trillion in assets.
Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides
banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance
through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com),
and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank’s customers who
conduct business in the global economy. With more than 265,000 team members,
Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo &
Company was ranked No. 26 on Fortune’s 2012 rankings of America’s largest
corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial
needs and help them succeed financially.
^1 Ranking includes Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc., Wells Fargo
Insurance Services of West Virginia, Inc., Wells Fargo Insurance, Inc., and
Rural Community Insurance Company
Wells Fargo & Company
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