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W. R. Berkley Corporation Names J. Daniel Asahl President of Continental Western Group

W. R. Berkley Corporation (NYSE: WRB) today announced the appointment of J. Daniel Asahl as president of Continental Western Group (“CWG”), a Berkley company. He succeeds Melodee Saunders. The appointment is effective immediately.

Mr. Asahl is a proven strategic leader with nearly 30 years of property and casualty insurance industry experience. He joined Berkley in 1995 and has held a variety of positions throughout the group. In 2017, he was appointed senior vice president and chief operating officer of Berkley Healthcare.

Ms. Saunders was named interim president of CWG in early 2023. She served as president of Midwest Employers Casualty from 2001 to 2013 and has remained a key member of the broader organization for many years. She will continue to support Mr. Asahl and the CWG team throughout the transition.

Commenting on the appointment W. Robert Berkley, Jr., president and chief executive officer of W. R. Berkley Corporation, said, “We thank Melodee for her yet again outstanding leadership of the exceptional team at CWG over the past year and feel fortunate that Berkley continues to benefit from her talent and expertise. Dan has been a tremendous asset to our organization in his various roles over the course of his career and we are extremely pleased that he has accepted this new role as president of CWG.”

Continental Western Group offers commercial insurance products focusing on middle market commercial, commercial agribusiness and specialty programs in 13 states in the Midwest. CWG has been the strong, local and trusted choice for independent insurance agents and customers throughout its territory for over 130 years. Please visit for more information.

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 worldwide in two segments of the property casualty insurance business: Insurance and Reinsurance & Monoline Excess. For further information about W. R. Berkley Corporation, please visit

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Karen A. Horvath

Vice President – External

Financial Communications


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