United Heartland, a Wisconsin-based insurance company, has appointed Patrick Walsh as vice president of claims and managed care.

Mr Walsh comes to United Heartland from The Hartford, where he served since 2007 as senior vice president of property & casualty field claim operations responsible for the management of 3,800 employees in North America.

Prior to joining The Hartford, Walsh served as vice president of claims (chief claims officer) for Sentry Insurance in Stevens Point, Wisoncin, overseeing the claim operations supporting eight niche sales markets and the management of 1,600 employees in North America.

He spent his career prior to Sentry at Kemper Insurance Companies in a variety of claims positions between 1986 and 2003, completing his time there as vice president, client services group.

Stephan Cooper, president of United Heartland, said: “Pat brings not only extensive claims experience and expertise, but an outgoing, energetic leadership style that makes him a great fit for the United Heartland culture. I am very excited to have him on board and I am confident he will help us continue our efforts to enhance our claim model and provide the best claim service in the business.”