Corporate Team

Marc Adee

Marc Adee

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Marc Adee

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Marc joined the Fairfax organization in 2000. Prior to his current role, he held leadership positions in three of C&F’s subsidiaries – as president and CEO of Fairmont Specialty, Seneca, and CoverXSpecialty.

Marc holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and an M.B.A from the University of Chicago. He is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society.

 

 

 

Nicole Bennett

Nicole Bennett

Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff

Nicole Bennett

Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff

Nicole joined Fairfax Financial Holdings in 1992 and has held actuarial, IT and underwriting positions at both Fairfax and various subsidiaries – beginning at Crum & Forster in 2006 as the CIO and most recently running the manufacturing customer group.

Nicole is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She majored in actuarial science and holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree.

Bob Bennett

Robert Bennett

Senior Vice President and Chief Actuary

Robert Bennett

Senior Vice President and Chief Actuary

Bob oversees all actuarial functions for the four operating units of Crum & Forster. He also is responsible for all reserving functions and ceded reinsurance purchasing.

He has held a variety of underwriting and actuarial functions at USF&G Insurance Company, and Odyssey’s predecessor company, TIG Re. He was chief actuary of OdysseyRe from 1999 to 2014, when he joined C&F.

Bob is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He graduated with a B.A. degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Jim Kraus

James Kraus

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

James Kraus

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Jim is responsible for management of Crum & Forster’s legal department and corporate secretarial functions.

After law school, he was a litigator in private practice for seven years before joining Industrial Indemnity Company (San Francisco) in 1986. He has been with C&F since 1993.

Jim earned his B.A. at the University of Santa Clara, and his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He is a member of the California State Bar Association and an in-house member of the New Jersey State Bar Association.


Arleen Paladino

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

 

Arleen Paladino

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Arleen is responsible for the organization’s financial reporting, management reporting, internal audit and planning and business unit support departments. Arleen joined Crum & Forster in 1979, and her experience at the company includes roles in field reporting, financial operations, IT project management, SOX 404 compliance and internal audit.

Arleen earned her B.S. in Accounting at West Virginia Wesleyan College and her M.B.A. in Finance at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Anthony Slimowicz

Anthony Slimowicz

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Anthony Slimowicz

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Anthony is responsible for overseeing various corporate functions, including the office of the general counsel, human resources, real estate, claims, IT, and corporate services departments. Additionally, Anthony leads several business divisions within the organization.

Before joining Crum & Forster, Anthony held leadership roles within an array of business segments, including Chief Legal Officer for Coordinated Health and General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of AJS Capital Holdings. During his tenure with Zurich Financial Services, Switzerland, Anthony held leadership positions as Corporate General Counsel and Vice President and Director of Global Corporate Customer Service. Before joining Zurich, he was a Department Director with American International Group and began his career in public accounting with Ernst and Young, where he gained a solid financial and accounting foundation.

Anthony is a graduate of Quinnipiac University School of Law, and is admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey, the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Seton Hall University, who recognized him as its 2018 Most Distinguished Alumnus.

Executive Business Leaders

John Binder

President, Crum & Forster Commercial Lines

John Binder

President, Crum & Forster Commercial Lines

John is President, Crum & Forster Commercial Lines.  In this role, John leads multiple industry-focused units offering coverage for all lines and insurance related services that provide a one stop solution. He has over 20 years of experience in admitted commercial insurance, including positions at St. Paul Companies, TIG, Republic Group and Travelers.

John holds a BBA in Actuarial Science from the University of Wisconsin and is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society.

Tom Bredahl

Thomas Bredahl

President, Crum & Forster Surplus and Specialty

Thomas Bredahl

President, Crum & Forster Surplus and Specialty

Tom leads the E&S business for Crum & Forster. He also is responsible for their small business unit and their primary admitted construction book.

Tom joined First Mercury/CoverXSpecialty as chief underwriting officer from OdysseyRe, where he focused on U.S. casualty risks.  He began his underwriting career at Constitution Re and later joined TIG Insurance, which was acquired by Fairfax in 1999.

Tom holds CPCU and ARe designations. He is a graduate of Middlebury College and has completed additional programs at Wharton and St. John’s University’s School of Risk Management.

Mark Brown

Mark Brown

Senior Vice President, Environmental

Mark Brown

Senior Vice President, Environmental

Mark leads the firm’s environmental business unit, which targets facilities (alternative fuels, treatment storage, recycling operations) and service providers (drilling, environmental contractors and consultants, engineers). His practice also offers general liability, contractors pollution liability, errors & omissions, and pollution legal liability.

Mark has a deep background in environmental insurance and consulting. He founded the environmental division at Markel, which he managed for 10 years, and was the vice president and environmental division manager at Argo Pro.

He earned a B.S. degree in marine biology from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. In 2008, he was honored as Risk Innovator of the Year by Risk & Insurance magazine, in the area of Chemicals/Energy, for his contributions to the environmental insurance marketplace.

Steve Dresner

Steve Dresner

Senior Vice President, Affiliates, Partnerships and Programs

Steve Dresner

Senior Vice President, Affiliates, Partnerships and Programs

Steve is responsible for developing new business opportunities within all distributions channels at Crum & Forster. His focus is on building a program presence for Crum & Forster, evaluating M&A opportunities and partnering with other Fairfax operations to deliver products and services to our customer base. Before this responsibility, Steve had lead the Ceded Reinsurance and Business Development operations at Crum & Forster.

Prior to joining Crum & Forster, Steve held many roles at Endurance Specialty including executive vice president of global distribution and head of its wholesale brokerage operations. He was the casualty practice leader at HartRe and held many management roles at GenRe.

Steve earned his BA Economics (cum laude) and an MBA, Marketing and Finance from Clark University in Worcester, MA.

Gary McGeddy

Gary McGeddy

President, Crum & Forster Accident and Health

Gary McGeddy

President, Crum & Forster Accident and Health

Gary leads the Accident and Health division, which offers a wide variety of niche accident and health insurance and reinsurance products both domestic and international. Some of the many programs include overseas travel for students, employer stop loss programs for self-funded employee health plans, and pet insurance through Hartville Pet Insurance Group.

He started his career as an underwriter with AIG, before moving on to Reliance National as a senior underwriter. His career then took him to Swiss Re as an underwriting manager, and then to Legion Insurance as vice president. He joined Fairmont Specialty in 2000.

Gary graduated with a B.A. in finance from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, and an M.B.A. in business administration, management and operations from Monmouth University.

Marc Wolin

Marc Wolin

President and Chief Executive Officer, Seneca

Marc Wolin

President and Chief Executive Officer, Seneca

 

Marc Wolin has been with Seneca Insurance Company for 26 years, and currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Wolin joined Seneca in 1989 as Chief Financial Officer, and has also served as Chief Operating Officer prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Wolin also serves on the Board of Directors of Seneca Insurance Company and Seneca Specialty Insurance Company.

Seneca is a commercial property and casualty insurer for small to medium commercial business with approximately $300 million of premium in all fifty states on an admitted and non admitted basis. The Company is noted for its underwriting expertise for non standard and standard risks that require individual risk underwriting with an average combined ratio of 87 over the past 15 years. Seneca is a wholly owned subsidiary of Crum & Forster, which in turn is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fairfax Financial Holdings, Ltd.

Prior to Seneca, Mr. Wolin had various financial and operational responsibilities in the insurance industry as Vice President of Finance for Primerica Corporation (part of Citigroup), Director of Financial Planning at AIG, and as a Certified Public Accountant and Audit Manager at Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers).

Mr. Wolin has a bachelor of science in accounting from the University of Buffalo, and is a certified public accountant in the State of New York. Mr. Wolin and his wife Randi have four children and live in Long Island, New York. Mr. Wolin additionally is and has been a semi pro and NYC high school football referee for the past 34 years.