W. R. Berkley Corporation Announces Senior
Executive Appointment and Promotion
Philip S. Welt Named Senior Vice President
Peter L. Kamford Appointed to New Role
April 20, 2011 06:11 PM Eastern Daylight Time
GREENWICH, Conn.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--W. R. Berkley Corporation (NYSE: WRB) today
announced the appointment of Peter L. Kamford, senior vice president, to a newly created position and named
Philip S. Welt senior vice president. Mr. Welt will have oversight responsibility for the Company’s operating units
that were previously overseen by Mr. Kamford. Mr. Kamford’s new responsibility will be to co-head the placement
of the Company’s ceded reinsurance programs along with senior vice president Robert W. Gosselink.
Mr. Welt began his tenure with W. R. Berkley Corporation in 2004 and has served as vice president – senior
counsel. Previously, he was an assistant general counsel – mergers and acquisitions at a major international insurer
and a corporate associate with the New York law offices of Davis Polk & Wardwell. Mr. Welt is also a certified
public accountant and was a senior manager at the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche. He holds a J.D. from New
York University, and also received an M.B.A. from Columbia University and a B.B.A. from Hofstra University.
Mr. Kamford has served as senior vice president since 2005, working with several of the Company’s admitted
specialty lines operating units. He has over 30 years of experience in property casualty reinsurance, previously
serving as managing director of Guy Carpenter & Company where he was responsible as a reinsurance intermediary
for placement of significant reinsurance programs.
William R. Berkley, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of W. R. Berkley Corporation, said: “We are
proud of the strength our management and expect that these changes in responsibilities for each of Peter and Phil will
contribute to the long-term success of our enterprise.”
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.
W. R. Berkley Corporation
Karen A. Horvath, 203-629-3000
Vice President – External