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Allied World Assurance opens two new offices in California

Located in Costa Mesa and Los Angeles

Allied World Assurance Company Holdings has opened two new Allied World US offices in California, located in Costa Mesa and Los Angeles. These offices were opened to expand distribution of Allied World’s specialty products throughout the western region of the US.

Bobby Bowden, Allied World US executive vice president of marketing and business development and western regional manager, will oversee Allied World’s west coast operations, including the two new offices and the existing office located in San Francisco.

Mr Bowden joined Allied World in October 2008, and has over 18 years of insurance experience. He has spent time at AIG as well as Marsh & McLennan, working out of New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta.

Allied World’s Costa Mesa office will serve as a distribution point for Allied World Specialty, a division of Allied World US that primarily trades with wholesale broking channels. Mark Kleabir, senior vice president of Allied World Specialty, will oversee general casualty products and serve as branch manager.

The Los Angeles office will serve as a distribution point for Allied World Brokerage, a division of Allied World US that primarily trades with retail broking channels. John Verhoorn, vice president of professional lines, brokerage, formerly working out of the San Francisco office, will head the professional lines team; and Lana Lee, assistant vice president of casualty, brokerage, will oversee general casualty products.

The existing San Francisco office will continue to serve as an Allied World Brokerage distribution point, offering general casualty, property, professional lines and healthcare products. Matt Meyer is vice president of general casualty and branch manager of the San Francisco office.

Gordon Knight, president of Allied World US, said: I’m confident that our increased presence and local underwriting expertise in the western region will further enhance our ability to offer innovative and unique products, and I welcome the opportunities that these offices will bring to our clients and brokers. The experience, expertise and enthusiasm that Bobby brings will be vital to our success in this part of the US.