W R Berkley has formed Verus Underwriting Managers, based in Richmond, Virginia, which will provide property and casualty excess and surplus lines coverages and will underwrite on behalf of W R Berkley member insurance companies.

According to W R Berkley, in conjunction with the formation of Verus, Dale Pilkington has been named as the president of Verus. He most recently served as president of the excess and surplus lines segment of a major insurer.

William Berkley, chairman of the board and CEO of W R Berkley, said: “We are pleased to have Dale join us as president of this new operating unit. Securing the services of outstanding people, such as Dale, provides us with a tremendous competitive advantage as we increase our presence in the specialty insurance segment of the industry.”

W R Berkley is an insurance holding company that is among the major commercial lines writers in the US and operates in five segments of the property casualty insurance business which includes specialty insurance, regional property casualty insurance, alternative markets, reinsurance, and international.