AIR Worldwide (AIR) has appointed John Elbl as the vice president of its Business Development Group.

In this new role, Elbl will service and support the company’s commercial insurer clients and assist in the development of AIR software and models to meet the requirements of commercial insurers.

AIR Worldwide senior vice president Bill Churney said John brings experience working with companies to interpret analysis results, optimize modeling workflows, and improve overall catastrophe risk management.

"He brings tremendous industry expertise in modeling of commercial and industrial risks, which will benefit our rapidly expanding set of commercial insurer clients," Churney said.

Prior to the current role, John worked with Zurich Insurance as global head of catastrophe modeling.

John Elbl said that he will use his experience and understanding of the commercial insurance industry to further improve the company’s models and software to better meet the needs of insurers of complex commercial risks.

AIR’s enhanced capabilities comprise a component-based approach to assist companies better evaluate the catastrophe risk to industrial facilities and an updated financial module to precisely reflect commercial risks.