Fireman's Fund Insurance Company has appointed Michael LaRocco as its new president and CEO, effective March 17, 2008.

He will report to Chuck Kavitsky, president and CEO of Allianz of America, parent of Fireman’s Fund. Mr LaRocco will also serve on the international executive committee of Allianz.

Mr LaRocco has last served as president and COO of Seattle-based Safeco. He holds a bachelor of science degree in marketing from Ohio State University and an MBA from the University of Tampa.

Mr Kavitsky said: Mike has superb credentials and is a proven leader in the property and casualty insurance industry. His background and experience make him an ideal fit.