Endurance Specialty Holdings, a Bermuda-based provider of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, has announced that Robert Needle will join Endurance Specialty Insurance as executive vice president of excess casualty and professional lines, subject to approval by the Bermuda Department of Immigration.

After beginning his career in the legal field focusing on insurance matters, Mr Needle joined Alexander & Alexander and Aon where he served in various senior executive capacities over a 27-year period. Most recently Mr Needle served as an attorney with Gibbons P C, as Counsel in the Insurance Practice Group.

Mr Needle holds a BBA and MBA in insurance and risk management from Temple University and also obtained his JD from Temple School of Law. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar.

Michael Fujii, CEO Global Insurance, said: Bob is a seasoned insurance executive. His depth of knowledge across the insurance industry and his understanding of broker and client needs and relationships will be significant to us in the growth of our excess casualty and professional Lines. We are extremely pleased to have Bob join the Endurance team and we know he will make a significant contribution to our Bermuda business platform.