Property and casualty insurance provider The Hartford has launched property offering for municipalities and public entity risk pools, expanding its commercial property practice for the public entity sector.

The firm has also appointed Susan Daigle Bencher as head of public entity property and will report to The Hartford Middle Market commercial insurance senior vice president David Carter.

Carter said that the Risk pools enable public entities to better manage their overall cost of risk.

"Sue brings extensive experience in customizing insurance programs to best meet a pool’s specific objectives, whether it is a newer pool looking to grow its membership, or an established pool in a position to retain a significant portion of risk," Carter said.

In her new role, Bencher will manage underwriting, sales and marketing to the public entity sector and will initially focus on municipalities, schools, housing authorities, and special districts, such as water, sewer, parks and recreation, and transit authorities.

With more than 25 years of insurance expertise, Bencher has also experience in structuring insurance programs for public entities.

Bencher had acted as a corporate reinsurance property treaty buyer and recently served as a leader in national property division of Travelers.