Starr International, a private insurance holding company, has appointed Irene Chang as new underwriting manager of Starr Casualty for Greater China.

As part of the global Starr Casualty team, Irene will lead the effort in developing and promoting all casualty products, including financial lines products.

Chang will primarily focus on Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China, and other Asian countries and will be based in the Starr office in Hong Kong and will report to Ross Matthews, president of Starr International Asia.

Most recently, Irene was products liability line manager of the Special Risk Unit of Huatai Insurance Company of China in Shanghai. Prior to that, she held casualty underwriting positions at Chubb and at Ace in Hong Kong.

Starr Casualty’s products are offered through Starr International Asia and Starr’s wholly owned Lloyd’s Syndicate CVS 1919 and include export products liability, excess casualty, construction casualty, financial lines, environmental liability and crisis management programs.

Matthews said that the arrival of Irene is an important step for Starr Casualty’s entry into Asia. Her strong technical background coupled with her successful track record in Casualty will augment the company’s broad array of commercial insurance products.

"The introduction of the Starr Casualty platform in Asia will enhance the already strong presence in Hong Kong and underscores Starr’s commitment to the Greater China region," Matthews said.

Starr International is a private insurance holding company with four insurance subsidiaries, a Lloyds syndicate and an investment portfolio.

Starr International’s insurance companies, Starr Indemnity & Liability Company, Starr Insurance & Reinsurance, Starr International Insurance (Asia), and Starr Surplus Lines Insurance, provide customized property and casualty and accident & health insurance products.