Chubb has named Gerard Butler as division president for its North American insurance field operations, the carrier announced earlier this week.
Butler succeeds Harold Morrison who will retire at the end of the year following a 33-year career in the insurance industry.
In his new position, Butler will oversee Chubb’s 48 field offices across the US and Canada and will be responsible for executing Chubb's strategy for North America locally by managing relationships with agents and brokers.
He will report to John Lupica, Chubb Group's vice chairman and president of large accounts and specialty insurance for North America.
Prior to his promotion, Butler most recently served as chief operating officer of North America field operations. Before the Ace-Chubb deal, he was executive vice president and US field territory operations manager for Chubb.
"Jerry's strong field management expertise, industry knowledge, and extensive leadership experience make him an ideal fit for this role," remarked Lupica.
"I look forward to working with him as he takes on this strategically pivotal role in helping to continue meeting the multifaceted needs of our agent and broker partners,” he concluded.
Butler will be replaced by Jeffrey Updyke, current chief operating officer for North American field operations.
Retiring Morrison joined Chubb in 1984 and has held a number of leadership positions during his time with the carrier. Prior to the Ace acquisition, he served as chief global field officer and chief administrative officer.
Until his retirement at year-end, Chubb said that Morrison will work with its overseas general insurance division to provide strategic direction for the development of underwriting and distribution structures and processes as it expands into the commercial middle market segment in Asia, Latin America and Europe.