Safety National Opens New Office In NY

St. Louis, MO (CompNewsNetwork) - Safety National announced the opening of a regional underwriting office in New York, N.Y., today with the hiring of industry veterans Sharon Herschlag and Dennis Zervos as Regional Underwriting Managers. These additions continue Safety National's efforts to bring underwriting capabilities closer to customers by adding regional offices in major cities across the country.  The company plans to open additional regional offices in 2009 and 2010.

Ms. Herschlag brings over 30 years of claims and underwriting experience to Safety National from AIU, formerly known as AIG Risk Management Group.  Her most recent position as Senior Vice President involved managing AIG's large excess units across the country.  She will be actively seeking and underwriting large Excess Workers' Compensation accounts in the Eastern region of the U.S. for Safety National.

Mr. Zervos comes to Safety National with 26 years of underwriting experience, having spent the past 16 years with Zurich North America. He most recently held the position of Vice President of Risk Management and was responsible for marketing and managing the company's risk management casualty portfolio in the New York market area.  Mr. Zervos will be focusing on Safety National's Large Deductible accounts in the Northeast region.

Safety National (A.M. Best Rating "A" (Excellent), Financial Size Category X) is a versatile alternative market insurance provider that offers a broad range of alternative risk funding products through independent insurance agents and brokers. Founded in 1942, Safety National is the leading provider of excess workers' compensation coverage to self-insured employers and groups nationwide and has provided that type of coverage longer than any other company in the U.S. In addition, Safety National offers large deductible workers' compensation, assumed workers' compensation reinsurance, Texas non-subscriber coverage, self-insurance bonds and other alternative risk programs. 

The company is licensed to provide workers' compensation insurance in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. Safety National is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delphi Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: DFG), a $6 billion insurance holding company. 

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