The Hartford Financial Services Group has appointed Sean Fitzpatrick as the new senior vice president of its middle market insurance segment.

In his new role, Mr Fitzpatrick will be responsible for managing all of The Hartford’s middle market commercial lines businesses that provide a variety of insurance products and services to businesses and other organizations, such as educational institutions, that have annual revenues in excess of $15 million or annual payroll greater than $5 million.

Mr Fitzpatrick joined The Hartford in 2007 as senior vice president of strategic business development, overseeing overall property and casualty strategy, as well as a range of business development, merger and acquisition, innovation and process improvement activities.

Mr Fitzpatrick replaces Stephanie Bush, who is leaving The Hartford after a 20-year career at the company. Kevin Sanborn, the vice president of strategic initiatives for The Hartford’s property-casualty operations, will assume Mr Fitzpatrick’s former duties on an interim basis until his replacement is named.

Neal Wolin, president and COO of property-casualty operations at The Hartford, said: Sean Fitzpatrick has compiled an exceptional record of achievement in the insurance industry and is ideally suited to lead a group that helps our larger customers across America meet the challenges of a complex and ever-changing risk environment.