XL Insurance, a member of XL Capital's global insurance operations, has hired Gary Kaplan as executive vice president and North America construction head. Mr Kaplan will report to Dennis Kane, XL Insurance’s chief executive of the North America P & C Unit. He will be based in New York.

Mr Kaplan joins XL Insurance from Zurich North America Commercial where he served as president of its construction business unit. During his 15-year tenure with Zurich North America. His industry experience also includes energy, oil and chemical industry underwriting management positions with The Home Insurance and Industrial Risk Insurers.

Mr Kane said: “We are proud that XL Insurance continues to attract top talent such as a well-known industry leader like Mr Kaplan. He arrives here at a very opportune time — a time when we are looking forward to align our industry-specific underwriting expertise with growth opportunities in our market.”

David Duclos, chief executive of XL’s Insurance operations, said: “Mr Kaplan industry experience and long-term commitment to the construction market adds more strength to our already solid base of construction underwriting expertise. We are excited to have Mr Kaplan join our underwriting team as we continue to build on that reputation.”