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Robert James named head of property/casualty for QBE North America


QBE North America, a unit of Sydney-based QBE Insurance Group Ltd., has named Robert James as president of property/casualty, effective Feb. 3, the insurer said Monday.

In his new role, Mr. James will be a member of QBE North America's executive management board and will report to David Duclos, QBE North American operations CEO, QBE said in a statement.

Mike Scala most recently held the position, which had been vacant since last year, according to a QBE spokesperson.

Previously, Mr. James held managing directorship roles at Aon Benfield Group Ltd. and Willis Capital Markets & Advisory, a unit of Willis Group Holdings P.L.C.; prior to that he was president and CEO of Grange Insurance Cos.

“I am delighted to have someone with Bob's skill set and breadth of experience leading our Property & Casualty operations as we work to build a top performing business,” Mr. Duclos said in the statement.

Mr. James will be based in New York.