Insurer appoints new managing director and underwriting director.

QBE has announced a raft of senior staff changes at its casualty division.

Ash Bathia has become managing director of the division, with responsibility for directing and building its portfolio and profitable growth. The senior management team of the division will report directly to Bathia.

David Constable, active underwriter of QBE’s casualty Syndicate 386 and recently elected member of the Lloyd’s Market Association board, will chair the division’s executive committee and has been appointed as director of underwriting and operations.

Ash Bathia said: “These are challenging times and to make headway in current market conditions insurers need to be dynamic, adaptable and innovative.

“These characteristics form the backbone of the casualty division, as our recent six-year deal with Network Rail demonstrates, and we will continue to build on our strengths to further secure our position at the forefront of the industry.”

Constable said: “My focus will be on the continued development of strategic partnerships with our key brokers and clients as well as ensuring the division is linked in with all of QBE’s underwriting divisions.”