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Partners General hires Ironshore’s Houvenagle to expand excess casualty

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K2-owned Partners General Insurance Agency has recruited Ironshore’s Tara Houvenagle to the role of senior vice president, tasking her with growing its excess casualty book of business above a $5mn attachment point.

Houvenagle, who is based in St. Louis, spent the last 12 years working in the excess insurance marketplace, most recently as an underwriting officer at Liberty Mutual’s Ironshore, where she helped grow the wholesale casualty book of business from the ground up.

Prior to that, she was wholesale casualty manager for the western US and wholesale distribution executive for all Ironshore products. She started her career at AIG WorldSource in Houston, focusing on reverse flow casualty business.

"We are excited to have Tara join the experienced underwriting team here at PGIA,” president Tom Farrell said. “Tara's strong excess background and stellar market knowledge will add another dimension to the current book of primary and lead excess business at PGIA.”

He added that she will spearhead the growth of its standalone excess business, which is currently above $5mn.

Partners General owner K2 recently acquired the specialty property business of American Reliable – part of Global Indemnity Insurance Group. The deal included the company’s manufactured home and dwelling lines.

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