Argo promotes Keating, Farina to co-lead surety practice as Betz departs
Argo Group has promoted Brendan Keating and Mark Farina to co-lead its surety practice, following the departure of former surety head Josh Betz.
Keating and Farina were previously COO and CUO of Argo Surety, respectively.
The veteran executives will report directly to Argo commercial specialty president Gary Grose.
Keating joined Argo 10 years ago after holding several underwriting roles at Zurich, where he served as global associate and surety account executive.
Over the past decade at Argo, the executive worked as commercial surety senior underwriter, assistant vice president and senior vice president, among other roles.
Surety expert Farina has worked at the Illinois insurer since 2008, first as a vice president and recently as chief underwriter for the surety practice.
Before joining Argo, Farina, who has over 35 years of experience in the surety business, held various underwriting roles at Travelers and Chubb.
Commenting on the appointments, Grose said in a statement: “As chief operations officer for surety, Brendan has demonstrated his leadership abilities and deep understanding of the business.”
Grose went on to say that “he is the driving force behind many of the team’s growth initiatives, and we are certain he will continue this momentum".
“Mark helped establish this business, and as chief underwriting officer, he provides the leadership required to ensure our clients receive competitive rates, quick responses, and a thoughtful underwriting approach to serve each unique surety need,” he added.
Argo has announced promotions throughout this year.
In early July, the insurer selected Laura Havice to lead its US marine insurance division, taking over from Dave Higley, who left the carrier.