US insurance broker Wells Fargo Insurance has selected Howard McClure as the new regional managing director for its Southwest operations, which includes Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas.

The new appointment is part of the company’s efforts to better serve its expanding customer base in the Southwest region with its property and casualty, employee benefits and private risk management services.

In his new role, McClure will manage eight offices and nearly 235 team members, who provide insurance services to Wells Fargo’s business banking, middle market, large corporate, and high net worth customers in the region, the insurer said.

He will be based in Dallas and report to Kevin Kenny, head of Wells Fargo’s insurance brokerage and consulting group.

Under the guidance of McClure, the company plans to focus on select industry groups such as hospitality, and real estate and enhancing its insurance operations in the major metropolitan markets including Dallas, Houston and Denver.

McClure said, "While we will continue to grow our property and casualty and employee benefit practices, I see tremendous opportunities to introduce and expand new areas of expertise, including energy and real estate."

"As we partner with other Wells Fargo business lines in the Southwest, we continue to identify and serve the insurance needs of our customers in this very important region," McClure added.

Prior to the current role, McClure was acting as a regional managing director for the Carolina’s region of Wells Fargo Insurance.

He joined Wells Fargo in 2008, and before that he supervised the southern region for Wachovia Insurance Services.

Wells Fargo Insurance, part of Wells Fargo & Company, manages 160 offices in 36 states, and offers solutions for a number of customers, including retail consumers, high net worth individuals, small businesses, as well as middle market and large corporate customers.