Great American Insurance Group hires Greg Kelder to lead the Environmental Division’s Claims Department

Great American Insurance Group’s Environmental Division has appointed Greg Kelder as vice president and manager of its claims department to work with and support the specialized environmental claim situations of the division.

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Kelder is based out of the Exton, Pennsylvania office and joins Great American from Chubb/ACE in Philadelphia, where he was vice president of claims with responsibilities including claims training coordinator, environmental portfolio leader and participant on the corporate environmental product board. With more than 27 years of environmental claims experience, he also initiated the original claims department when ACE opened its environmental underwriting unit. He further developed the department and practice for that unit in the Philadelphia market. Kelder earned his Juris Doctor from Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey. He is also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, holding a master’s degree in environmental science and policy form. Leveraging Kelder’s substantial experience, the Environmental Division will continue to expand its ability to support brokers and their clients. Kelder will lead a team of claims attorneys while coordinating closely with corporate claims. He will report to the president of the division and serve on its leadership team.

“Greg is a highly skilled and experienced claims professional,” said Mark Vuono, president of the Environmental Division. “With Greg’s unique perspective and particular skills as a successful claims manager in the environmental space, we are very optimistic about the potential for him to contribute to our continued growth and management of our division.”

“I’m very excited to join Great American,” stated Kelder. “I’ve been familiar with the Environmental Division of Great American for many years and have always considered Great American to be an outstanding environmental offering in a very competitive market. I’m looking forward to helping the division continue to grow its presence within the environmental insurance community.”

The Environmental Division's specialized environmental claims handling capabilities include claims managed by attorneys with extensive relevant experience, a 24/7/365 capability to respond to your environmental emergencies with access to a nationwide network of consultants and remediation contractors under the Response & React program, and a proven network of attorneys specializing in environmental matters.

“With Greg joining the environmental leadership team, we believe we are expanding the division with the highest level of specialist industry expertise,” said Vuono. “While environmental liability can be highly complex, we are confident in our ability to provide the highest quality service while addressing the ever more stringent regulatory and legal environment in which we must operate.”