With an eye on boosting its stature in the entertainment business, of Novato has hired two people vast experience with insuring film, TV and live music.
Fireman’s Fund, Novato’s largest employer with about 1,000 people working out of the San Marin Drive headquarters, named Terry Rybicki as head of Entertainment Distribution and Agency Management and Ian Galloway as head of Entertainment Claims and Risk Services.
"As we begin 2012, we are positioned to further build on the strength of our entertainment business and our brand,” said Lauren Bailey, vice president of the Entertainment Division. “One way we are growing and investing in our Entertainment business is by adding exceptional talent."
The company said the hiring of two people with extensive agency, risk management and claims experience will enhance Fireman's Fund's entertainment team, which has been an industry leader for almost a century.
Rybicki is a Fireman's Fund veteran who will have overall responsibility for agent and broker relationships and will be solely dedicated to the entertainment business with national responsibilities, the company said. Rybicki brings more than 15 years of sales leadership experience with a record of success in sales growth and profit contributions.
Galloway has more than 25 years of claims experience, focused on entertainment, sports and contingency coverages with U.S. and global experience. He is also a founding member and past president of the North American Contingency Association.
The two newcomers complement Fireman’s Fund’s underwriting team led by Wendy Diaz and Martin Ridgers.
Fireman's Fund’s coverage includes film and television productions, television commercials, documentaries and musical artists. The entertainment division helps producers, studios and musical artists achieve the artistic results they are seeking, yet also ensure the safety of all productions. Its team includes specialized underwriters and loss-control experts who average more than 20 years of experience in the entertainment field.