NIG underwriting director Mike Crane will join ABC Insurance in the New Year.

Crane will take up the role of head of broker underwriting at ABC, LV’s broker distribution brand.

The company expects him to join early in 2008, but a date has not yet been set.

A spokesman for the insurer confirmed that Crane, who has been with NIG since 2003, was set to leave.

Crane’s departure follows a succession of staff leaving NIG for ABC. Last year, ABC named Phil Bunker, the former managing director of NIG, as its head.

In August, Mick Davis, former regional manager of NIG’s Leeds branch, became head of ABC’s Sheffield branch and Kim Chambers, also from NIG, was appointed branch underwriting manager.