The Hanover Insurance Group has appointed Andrew Knipfer as the new regional vice president for its commercial lines business in Wisconsin, US.

In this role, Mr Knipfer will oversee all aspects of commercial lines business for the company’s Wisconsin territory. He will work out of The Hanover’s Milwaukee, Wisconsin, office and succeeds John Scott, who will now focus on the company’s Illinois market.

Mr Knipfer has previously served as commercial lines branch manager for The Hanover’s Grand Rapids, Michigan. Prior to that, he was commercial lines underwriting manager for The Hanover’s Great Lakes territory, also in Michigan.

Mr Knipfer joined The Hanover in 2004, coming from Harleysville Insurance, where he served as branch underwriting manager in several different Michigan offices.

Paul Mueller, regional president of The Hanover Insurance Group for midwest region, said: Andy already is well known and highly regarded by our agent partners, who respect him for his experience and professionalism. As a Wisconsin native, with extensive industry knowledge, Andy is uniquely qualified to help us deliver on our promise of distinctive value to our agent partners and their customers, as we build our businesses together over the long term.