Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Promotes Claims Leaders and Expands North American Claims Team

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance today announced two promotions and one new addition to its North American claims team: Courtney Koch has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Healthcare and Casualty Claims, Kathryn Ridenour has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Professional and Construction Claims, and Anthony Pizzonia has joined the company as Vice President, Healthcare Claims.


“It is my pleasure to welcome three teammates – all with BHSI’s requisite excellent capability and strong character – to their new roles. Courtney has a proven record of success helping our customers and brokers successfully navigate challenging times,” said Robert Romeo Head of Claims, North America, at BHSI. “She is exceptionally qualified to lead our team in delivering claims service excellence.”

“Kathryn is and has been an excellent partner working with our underwriters and our customers to enhance policy language in step with evolving claims and litigation trends. In her expanded role, she will have an even greater impact on our business, our team, and our customers and brokers,” said Robert Romeo. Further, “I am also so pleased to welcome Anthony to BHSI’s claims team as we continue to bring our CLAIMS IS OUR PRODUCT philosophy to the marketplace. He is the consummate claims professional.”

Courtney was previously Vice President, Healthcare and Casualty Claims, at BHSI. She joined the company nearly a decade ago as a Senior Complex Claims Examiner and was promoted to Assistant Vice President, then Vice President. Courtney is an attorney who has 17 years of industry experience focused on claims. She continues to be based in New York and can be reached at Courtney.Koch@bhspecialty.com.

Kathryn was previously Vice President, Architects & Engineers (A&E) and Contractor’s Protective Professional (CPPI) Claims, at BHSI. She joined the company in 2020 as Assistant Vice President, CPPI Claims, and has nearly two decades of experience managing specialty A&E and contractor’s related claims at another insurer and a private law firm. In her new role, she will continue to oversee CPPI and A&E claims, while also assuming responsibility for Construction claims, including Homebuilders’ Liability claims. She is based in Boston and can be reached at Kathryn.Ridenour@bhspecialty.com.

Anthony joins BHSI with over 30 years of experience of managing and overseeing healthcare claims, including some of the largest and most complex claims in the healthcare industry. He was previously Head of Medical Risk claims at another large national insurer, and worked in claims at a large academic medical institution as well as a national TPA. He is based in New York and can be reached at Anthony.Pizzonia@bhspecialty.com.

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (www.bhspecialty.com) provides commercial property, casualty, healthcare professional liability, executive and professional lines, transactional liability, surety, marine, travel, programs, accident and health, medical stop loss, homeowners, and multinational insurance. The actual and final terms of coverage for all product lines may vary. It underwrites on the paper of Berkshire Hathaway’s National Indemnity group of insurance companies, which hold financial strength ratings of A++ from AM Best and AA+ from Standard & Poor’s. Based in Boston, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Columbia, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Irvine, Los Angeles, New York, Plymouth Meeting, San Francisco, San Ramon, Seattle, Stevens Point, Adelaide, Auckland, Barcelona, Brisbane, Brussels, Cologne, Dubai, Dublin, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London, Lyon, Macau, Madrid, Manchester, Melbourne, Munich, Paris, Perth, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto, and Zurich.

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