XL Insurance, a member of XL Capital, has appointed Bob Shine as executive vice president and chief casualty underwriting officer of its North America Property and Casualty (P&C) unit.

Mr Shine will join XL Insurance on June 14, 2010, reporting to Dennis Kane, XL’s chief executive of the North America P&C Unit. He will be based in New York.

In this new position, Mr Shine will manage XL Insurance’s North America Excess & Surplus Lines business, excess casualty lines, international casualty and US risk management/upper middle markets groups.

Mr Shine most recently headed the Zurich North America Casualty Group, specialties business unit, managing the complete casualty business, including the three units of excess casualty, railroad and wholesale lines. Prior to his work with Zurich, he held various management roles in the excess casualty group for AIG’s American home assurance company.

Dave Duclos, chief executive of XL’s Insurance operations, said: Mr Shine will be a fine addition to XL Insurance’s North America P&C management team, with his depth of experience and understanding of both our industry and specifically all casualty lines. We are delighted that he will bring an additional focus and emphasis to our casualty lines business, working closely with and building on our already strong casualty lines teams.