The Hartford Launches Property Offering For Municipalities And Public Entity Risk Pools

  The Hartford Launches Property Offering For Municipalities And Public Entity
  Risk Pools

Susan Bencher joins The Hartford as head of public entity property

Business Wire

HARTFORD, Conn. -- February 26, 2013

The Hartford has expanded its commercial property practice to offer insurance
programs for the public entity sector, with a particular emphasis on public
entity risk pools, as cities and counties seek ways to manage insurance costs
in the face of tighter budgets and declining tax revenues.

Susan Bencher joins The Hartford as head of public entity property. (Photo:
Business Wire)

Susan Bencher joins The Hartford as head of public entity property. (Photo:
Business Wire)

In conjunction with the expanded offering, The Hartford has named Susan Daigle
Bencher head of public entity property, reporting to David Carter, senior vice
president of Middle Market commercial insurance at The Hartford.

“Risk pools offer significant opportunities for public entities to better
manage their overall cost of risk,” said Carter. “As we continue to expand The
Hartford’s commercial property capabilities, Sue’s outstanding reputation in
the public entity risk arena and strong relationships with the agents and
brokers who specialize in this sector make her ideally suited for this role.”

Bencher will manage underwriting, sales and marketing to the public entity
sector, with an initial focus on municipalities, schools, housing authorities,
and special districts, such as water, sewer, parks and recreation, and transit
authorities. Bencher brings more than 25 years of insurance expertise,
including nearly two decades of experience structuring insurance programs for
public entities. She began her career as a corporate reinsurance property
treaty buyer and served most recently as a leader in Travelers’ national
property division.

“Sue brings extensive experience in customizing insurance programs to best
meet a pool’s specific objectives, whether it is a newer pool looking to grow
its membership, or an established pool in a position to retain a significant
portion of risk,” said Carter.

To learn more about The Hartford’s property offerings for public entities and
municipalities, contact Bencher at (860) 547-4701 or
susan.bencher@thehartford.com, or connect with her at the following
conferences: the Association of Government Risk Pools (AGRiP) 2013 Spring
Conference March 17-20 in Daytona Beach, Fla.; the Public Risk Management
Association (PRIMA) 2013 Annual Conference June 2-5 in Tampa, Fla. (Booth
#207); or the Aon Risk Retention Pooling Symposium July 30 - August 2 in Avon,
Colo.

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property and casualty insurance, group benefits and mutual funds. The company
is widely recognized for its excellence, sustainability practices, trust and
integrity. More information on the company and its financial performance is
available at www.thehartford.com.

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