Torus Opens in San Francisco
9th February 2010
Torus, the global specialty insurer, announces the opening of a West Coast office located in San Francisco, California. The office will initially focus on property and casualty lines, coinciding with the appointments of sector specialists Kim Kihara as Vice President of General Property and Eleanor Howell as Vice President of Casualty. Both head up their respective product lines for Torus’ Western region.
Having worked in various roles within the insurance industry since 1986, Ms. Kihara was most recently SVP and Team Leader in the Risk Management Property Department of Marsh in San Francisco. Previously she has worked at Industrial Risk Insurers, Hartford Steam Boiler, and Swiss Re.
Ms. Kihara reports to Steven Fomchenko, SVP, Global Head of General Property Underwriting, who commented:
“Kim brings a long and distinguished specialist expertise to Torus and is an ideal person to help launch our San Francisco property operation. We are pleased to offer a local presence on the West Coast. This complements our existing Central and East Coast offices as we expand in the United States.”
Ms. Howell’s insurance career also spans over 20 years, most recently with Willis. She has also worked at Travelers, AIG, Marsh and Swett & Crawford.
Linc Trimble, SVP, Head of Excess Casualty and to whom Ms. Howell reports said:
“Eleanor will provide producers in the Western region with world-class services for all their umbrella and excess liability placements at Torus. She has a strong track record of growing successful excess casualty portfolios in the Western states. Additionally, she brings to Torus a strong underwriting background to first-hand producer experience. She is uniquely equipped to provide creative and flexible solutions and we’re delighted to have her on board at the inception of our West Coast office.”
Naveen Anand, Global Chief Operating Officer, added:
“Local presence and service expertise is key to maintaining strong, long-term relationships with clients and brokers. Our office in San Francisco is another important step in our strategy to expand the Torus franchise in this key market.”