Press Release

Marcia Blanco appointed Senior VP of Western Region Specialty Underwriting

New York, NY – QBE North America, an operating division of QBE Insurance Group Limited, today announced the appointment of Marcia Blanco to Senior Vice President, Western Region Specialty Underwriting & Engagement Leader. Based in San Francisco, California, Ms. Blanco will report to Jeff Grange, President of Specialty Insurance.

In this new role, Ms. Blanco will serve as the underwriting leader for the Specialty portfolio in the Western Region. She will use her extensive underwriting and marketing skills, working closely with David Kuhn, Senior Vice President, Regional Executive – Western Region, to expand the visibility of QBE North America as an integrated specialist insurer. Ms. Blanco will build strategic relationships with current and potential customers, foster Specialty business growth and profitability, and leverage her deep client and industry knowledge to provide distinctive solutions that enhance customer value within the region.

"We are pleased to have Marcia join our leadership team at QBE," said Jeff Grange, President of Specialty Insurance for QBE North America. "As a proven insurance executive with strong underwriting, distribution, and product development experience driving profitable growth, she comes to us with an impressive track record of success."

Ms. Blanco has more than 25 years of insurance industry experience, primarily in the specialized Miscellaneous Professional Liability production and underwriting areas. She joins QBE from XL Insurance, where she managed a highly profitable national portfolio as Vice President, Miscellaneous Professional Liability, based in San Francisco, California. Prior to joining XL Insurance, Ms. Blanco held senior underwriting and leadership positions with Navigators Insurance Company, Kemper Insurance Company, CNA, Executive Risk, Reliance National Underwriters, and Swett and Crawford, where she was a broker. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Pace University.

"We are thrilled to have Marcia join the region as the Specialty Underwriting & Engagement Leader," said Mr. Kuhn. "This appointment further supports and reinforces QBE's ability to deliver unique end-to-end solutions to customers as an integrated specialist insurer. We provide close collaboration between our Specialty and Field Operations businesses to give our trading partners and customers a seamless experience."

About QBE 
QBE North America is part of QBE Insurance Group Limited, one of the largest insurers and reinsurers worldwide. QBE NA reported Gross Written Premiums in 2016 of $4.6 billion. QBE Insurance Group's 2016 results can be found at Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, QBE operates out of 37 countries around the globe, with a presence in every key insurance market. The North America division, headquartered in New York, conducts business through its property and casualty insurance subsidiaries. QBE insurance companies are rated "A" (Excellent) by A.M. Best and "A+" by Standard & Poor's. Additional information can be found at, or follow QBE North America on Twitter.

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