Corporate Team

Marc Adee

Marc Adee

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Marc Adee

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Marc joined the Fairfax organization in 2000. Prior to his current role, he held leadership positions in three of C&F’s subsidiaries – as president and CEO of Fairmont Specialty, Seneca, and CoverXSpecialty.

Marc holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and an M.B.A from the University of Chicago. He is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society.

Nicole Bennett

Nicole Bennett

Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff

Nicole Bennett

Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff

Nicole joined Fairfax Financial Holdings in 1992 and has held actuarial, IT and underwriting positions at both Fairfax and various subsidiaries – beginning at Crum & Forster in 2006 as the CIO and most recently running the manufacturing customer group.

Nicole is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She majored in actuarial science and holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree.

Bob Bennett

Robert Bennett

Senior Vice President and Chief Actuary

Robert Bennett

Senior Vice President and Chief Actuary

Bob has been the chief actuary of Crum & Forster since 2014. Prior to his current role, he held a similar position at Odyssey Holdings, another Fairfax affiliate, from 1999 until his move to C&F.

Bob is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He has a B.A. in Mathematical Sciences from Johns Hopkins University.

Jim Kraus

James Kraus

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

James Kraus

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Jim is responsible for management of Crum & Forster’s legal department and corporate secretarial functions.

After law school, he was a litigator in private practice for seven years before joining Industrial Indemnity Company (San Francisco) in 1986. He has been with C&F since 1993.

Jim earned his B.A. at the University of Santa Clara, and his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He is a member of the California Bar Association and is licensed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as an in-house counsel.


Arleen Paladino

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

 

Arleen Paladino

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Arleen is responsible for the organization’s financial reporting, management reporting, internal audit and planning and business unit support departments. Arleen joined Crum & Forster in 1979, and her experience at the company includes roles in field reporting, financial operations, IT project management, SOX 404 compliance and internal audit.

Arleen earned her B.S. in Accounting at West Virginia Wesleyan College and her M.B.A. in Finance at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

 

Executive Business Leaders

John Binder

President, Crum & Forster Commercial Lines

John Binder

President, Crum & Forster Commercial Lines

John is President, Crum & Forster Commercial Lines. In this role, John leads multiple industry-focused units offering coverage for all lines and insurance related services that provide a one stop solution. He has over 20 years of experience in admitted commercial insurance, including positions at St. Paul Companies, TIG, Republic Group and Travelers.

John holds a BBA in Actuarial Science from the University of Wisconsin and is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society.

Tom Bredahl

Thomas Bredahl

President, Crum & Forster Surplus and Specialty

Thomas Bredahl

President, Crum & Forster Surplus and Specialty

Tom leads the E&S business for Crum & Forster. He also is responsible for their small business unit and their primary admitted construction book.

Tom joined First Mercury/CoverXSpecialty as chief underwriting officer from OdysseyRe, where he focused on U.S. casualty risks. He began his underwriting career at Constitution Re and later joined TIG Insurance, which was acquired by Fairfax in 1999.

Tom holds CPCU and ARe designations. He is a graduate of Middlebury College and has completed additional programs at Wharton and St. John’s University’s School of Risk Management.

Steve Fomchenko

Steve Fomchenko

President, Crum & Forster Property

Steve Fomchenko

President, Crum & Forster Property

Steve leads the Property Division at Crum and Forster which includes E&S Property, Property Programs and Crisis Management. He joined Crum & Forster in 2012 as the Senior Vice President of Property and Inland Marine and has held multiple management positions throughout his career at C&F.

Steve has over 25 years of leadership experience underwriting commercial property risks in various market segments. He started his career working for Factory Mutual and Allendale Insurance in multiple engineering and underwriting roles. His career then took him to XL insurance where he ultimately became the Chief Property Underwriter of the Americas. After 10 years at XL, Steve joined Torus where he built a Global General Property start up with offices in the USA, London and Zurich.

Steve is a graduate of New Jersey Institute of Technology where he received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in Management Engineering.

Gary McGeddy

Gary McGeddy

President, Crum & Forster Accident and Health

Gary McGeddy

President, Crum & Forster Accident and Health

Gary leads the Accident and Health division, which offers a wide variety of niche accident and health insurance and reinsurance products both domestic and international. Some of the many programs include overseas travel for students, employer stop loss programs for self-funded employee health plans, and pet insurance through Hartville Pet Insurance Group.

He started his career as an underwriter with AIG, before moving on to Reliance National as a senior underwriter. His career then took him to Swiss Re as an underwriting manager, and then to Legion Insurance as vice president. He joined Fairmont Specialty in 2000.

Gary graduated with a B.A. in finance from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, and an M.B.A. in business administration, management and operations from Monmouth University.

Anthony Slimowicz

Anthony R. Slimowicz, Esq.

COO & President, Crum & Forster Surety, Credit & Program Solutions

Anthony Slimowicz

COO & President, Crum & Forster Surety, Credit & Program Solutions

Anthony is President of the Surety, Credit and Program Solutions division, which includes surety, mortgage, trade credit & political risk, and a range of specialty products and programs.

Throughout his career, Anthony has served in prominent leadership roles within an array of business segments, including Chief Operating Officer, Chief Claims Officer, Chief Legal Officer, and General Counsel.

Anthony is a graduate of Quinnipiac University School of Law, and is admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey, the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Seton Hall University, who recognized him as its 2018 Most Distinguished Alumnus.

Branded Entity Business Leaders

Joe DeVito

Joe DeVito

Chief Executive Officer, DMC Insurance

Kevin A. Trapani

Co-Founder and CEO, The Redwoods Group

Marc Wolin

Marc Wolin

President and Chief Executive Officer, Seneca