Crawford & Company, a US based provider of claims management solutions, has established a new office in Panama and appointed Miguel Stempel to lead the operations in the country.

In this new role, Stempel will be responsible for Crawford’s claim operations in Panama. He will handle property, casualty and marine and transportation losses.

He will also coordinate large claims with Crawford Global Technical Services, the company’s adjusting unit for complex, high-end losses and develop new business for Crawford.

During 18-year of insurance career, Stempel held various roles, serving as general adjuster, claims manager, project manager and marine and transport surveyor for both insurers and independent claims management companies. He also managed a wide variety of property and casualty claims for local and regional underwriters and also is an experienced catastrophe adjuster.

Crawford & Company senior vice president and regional managing director of Latin America Mauricio Alonso said that the Panamanian insurance market is expected to show significant growth in 2011 and beyond.

"Our new location in Panama City and Miguel’s skills and expertise will help us more effectively serve insurers in the country and continue to develop our business there," Alonso said.

Crawford System of Claims Solutions offers integrated claims services, business process outsourcing and consulting services for product lines including property and casualty claims management, workers compensation claims and medical management, and legal settlement administration.