To manage all operating units of the company

W. R. Berkley Corporation has appointed Robert Berkley, Jr. as president and chief operating officer.

In his new role, Mr Berkley will manage all of the company’s operating units, adding oversight of the its reinsurance and international segments to his current responsibilities. He has been responsible for the oversight of the company’s domestic insurance operations, including its specialty, regional and alternative markets businesses, since 2005.

Mr Berkley joined the company in 1997, and has served as its executive vice president since August 2005. He also served as company’s Board of Directors since his election in 2001. He has held different positions in the company, including senior vice president-specialty operations, and president of Berkley International, with responsibility for the international segment.

Before joining W. R. Berkley, Mr Berkley served as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch & Company. He is currently Chairman of the Board of NCCI Holdings, an industry-based organization that manages the nation’s largest database of workers’ compensation insurance information.