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W.R. Berkley Forms E&S Unit Verus Underwriting Managers

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Posted on 03 May 2010

W. R. Berkley Corporation today announced the formation of Verus Underwriting Managers, LLC. Verus, based in Richmond, Virginia, and will provide property and casualty excess and surplus lines coverages and will underwrite on behalf of W. R. Berkley Corporation member insurance companies rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best Company, Inc.

Dale H. Pilkington has been named president of Verus. Mr. Pilkington has more than 30 years of experience in the commercial insurance industry, with a primary focus on excess and surplus lines. He most recently served as president of the excess and surplus lines segment of a major insurer. Mr. Pilkington earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of South Florida.

William R. Berkley, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of W. R. Berkley Corporation, said: "We are pleased to have Dale join us as president of this new operating unit. Securing the services of outstanding people, such as Dale, provides us with a tremendous competitive advantage as we increase our presence in the specialty insurance segment of the industry."

For further information about the products and services available from Verus Underwriting Managers, LLC, please contact Dale Pilkington at

Founded in 1967, W. R. Berkley Corporation is an insurance holding company that is among the largest commercial lines writers in the United States and operates in five segments of the property casualty insurance business: specialty insurance, regional property casualty insurance, alternative markets, reinsurance, and international.


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