Pioneer Underwriting's Marine Division Sets Sail

January 3, 2018 - Pioneer Underwriters has appointed Zach McAbee as ocean marine head as part of the launch of its new US division.

With initial focus on the north-west region of the US, ocean marine will underwrite hull/protection & indemnity and primary & excess marine liability. Seattle-based McAbee will lead Pioneer’s new underwriting capability, after heading ocean marine at Crum & Forster.

“Zach has an impressive track record of developing profitable books of business in this niche market, and Pioneer will provide him with an excellent platform from which to trade with his established network of close broker relationships,” commented Gene Hinman, chief executive of Pioneer’s US operation.

The two-decade industry veteran started his career at Travelers as an ocean marine underwriter and also served as ocean marine vice president for the Midwest Region at Liberty International.

Hinman added: “This recent appointment is in line with our strategy to establish a regional hub network to access local markets and enhance the scope of our business.”