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Brown & Brown names two to leadership team

By Journal Staff (


Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE: BRO) — the Florida–based insurance-brokerage parent of Brown & Brown of New York, Inc., which has an office in Syracuse — recently announced it has appointed David Putz and Niels Seebeck to its senior leadership team.

David Putz is executive VP of Arrowhead General Insurance Agency within Brown & Brown’s programs segment, leading four businesses and strategically collaborating with other programs and Brown & Brown teams to create automotive insurance products and services. Before joining Brown & Brown in 2019, Putz spent nearly 25 years at Zurich Insurance North America, where he was a member of the global leadership team, overseeing alternative markets, including the crop, programs, automotive, and captives’ businesses.

Niels Seebeck is president of Arrowhead’s risk managers program, a commercial excess and surplus (E&S) property insurance program for wind-driven business. He joined the team in 2015 and is responsible for the growth and oversight of numerous programs, including portfolio management, underwriting, and operations. Seebeck has more than 20 years of property insurance experience, having previously held leadership positions with Guy Carpenter and Munich RE, focusing on reinsurance, E&S property, and program business.

“With our continued strong business growth comes the need to tap into our deep ranks of key leaders to provide additional, unique perspectives and insights that will help drive us forward. I am excited to welcome David and Niels to our senior leadership team. Each of them brings extensive industry experience, particularly within the programs space, and their contributions will further enable our mission of being the leading global provider of insurance solutions for our customers,” Powell Brown, president and CEO of Brown & Brown, said in a statement.

Brown & Brown, through its subsidiaries, offers a broad range of insurance products and related risk-management services. It has more than 16,000 employees and more than 500 offices worldwide. The insurance-brokerage firm makes frequent acquisitions of insurance agencies a key part of its growth strategy.

Brown & Brown of New York has an office at 500 Plum St. in Syracuse’s Franklin Square area.

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