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Avoca Insurance Holdings Announces Formation of Manchester Specialty Programs Inc.

Posted on 23 Jun 2010

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Avoca Insurance Holdings announced today the establishment of Manchester Specialty Programs Inc. (MSP) as a national programs platform. William D. Thompson, CIC has been named President and CEO of the organization. Bill is directly responsible for the development and management of all program business.

The company will focus on providing a comprehensive range of coverage to specialty industry sectors in partnership with highly rated carriers. Prior to joining MSP, Bill was a Principal of Smith Bell & Thompson Inc., a Burlington Vermont based specialty underwriter. Bill was instrumental in the development and success of the national programs division, generating over $200M in premium volume.

Andrew Carvill, CEO of Avoca Insurance Holdings commented “We are thrilled to have attracted Bill to lead Manchester Specialty Programs. At Avoca we are focused on developing products backed by best in class security, great service, and highly qualified personnel. Bill has dedicated his career to designing and marketing industry focused and association programs. We are very excited about the launch of MSP and look forward to the rollout of our first major program in the coming weeks”.

Manchester Specialty Programs will provide specialty commercial property and casualty coverage on an open brokerage basis, and is licensed to do business as a program administrator in all states. The company is based in Manchester, New Hampshire and is part of the Avoca Group, with additional offices in New York, Boston, Hartford, Philadelphia, Chicago and London, England.

Avoca Insurance Holdings is a privately owned company established in Bermuda in 2006, with a strong commitment to underwriting integrity, advanced technology and quality long-term business relationships. Avoca owns a number of highly specialized underwriting operations in the U.S.

For more information on doing business with MSP, please contact Bill Thompson directly at 1-603-264-5486 ( or visit the MSP website at