W. R. Berkley Corporation announced the formation of Verus Underwriting Managers, LLC. Verus, based in Richmond, Virginia, will provide property and casualty excess and surplus lines coverages and will underwrite on behalf of W. R. Berkley Corporation member insurance companies rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best Company, Inc.
Dale H. Pilkington has been named president of Verus. Mr. Pilkington, a former member of the NAPSLO Board of Directors, has more than 30 years of experience in the commercial insurance industry, with a primary focus on excess and surplus lines. He most recently served as president of the excess and surplus lines segment of a major insurer. Mr. Pilkington earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of South Florida.