W. R. Berkley Corporation has announced the appointment of Jay Weber as the new president of Berkley Southeast Insurance Group.
Weber succeeds Dennis Barger, who has been named as the chairman of the business. Both appointments are effective immediately.
Weber is a market veteran with 30 years of commercial property and casualty insurance experience focused on small to mid-sized businesses.
Prior to this he most recently served as the business development leader for North America at a leading global insurance group and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Syracuse University Martin J. Whitman School of Management.
Barger joined Berkley Southeast as president upon its formation in 2013. As chairman, he will continue to support the Berkley Southeast team through the transition.
W. Robert Berkley, Jr., president and chief executive officer of W. R. Berkley Corporation, commented on the appointments, “Dennis was instrumental in founding and developing Berkley Southeast over its first decade. We thank him for his outstanding contributions to our organization and we are extremely grateful that he will be continuing as Berkley Southeast’s chairman.
“Additionally, we are very pleased to welcome Jay as president of Berkley Southeast. We are confident his background, knowledge and expertise will be a great addition to the leadership team as they continue to serve their market. We are delighted to welcome him to Berkley.”