ERC / Westport Merger

Swiss Re has received regulatory approval to merge Westport Insurance Corporation into Employers Reinsurance Corporation. The merger is an example of Swiss Re’s focus on smart capital management, delivering greater efficiency and reducing operating costs. Reinsurance agreements issued after January 1, 2008 will bear the Westport name. There will be no changes in coverage as a result of the merger. If you have any questions, please contact Summit Re at 260-469-3000.

Secure Extranet

It makes good business sense to save money and time by reducing the amount of paper you use and by reducing costs associated with mailing and faxing. It is also importantto safeguard Private Health Information according to HIPAA privacy rules.

We have addressed those issues by introducing our secure extranet. You are now able to send us claims, underwriting data, and any other confidential information via the secure extranet. We are also now sending our clients quarterly premium and claims reports this way. The extranet accepts any type of document, including .zip and .pdf files.

To use the secure extranet, go to our website,, and select “Extranet-Login” from the top right side of the home page. If you have a username and password, you can send files to us and receive files from us through this web portal.

If you do not have a username and password, contact Kris Lahey at or call her at 260-469-3017. She will set you up with a username and password, instruct you on its use, and answer any questions you may have.

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Employer Stop Loss Expansion

Summit Re has expanded its self-funded marketing and underwriting staff and opened regional offices to provide even better service to you.

Meet Allen Engen

Allen Engen joined us as Regional Vice President in July 2006. Allen has more than 14 years of experience in employer stop loss and health care risk management, specifically in underwriting and sales. He brings a tremendous amount of energy to Summit Re and has hit the ground running. Allen’s clients appreciate his focus on meeting their needs and his ability to seek solutions that may fall “outside the box.” When not at work, he is very active in Boy Scouts and enjoys golfing and fishing.

New Regional Offices

As part of our commitment to you and to the self-funded market, we opened two regional marketing and underwriting offices. Chris Alexander, located in Charlotte, NC, runs the Eastern Employer Stop Loss Office and Allen Engen, located in Minneapolis, MN, heads up our Western Office.

GE Insurance Solutions: Rebranding GE’s Employers Reinsurance

In September General Electric (NYSE: GE) announced it will unify the branding of its reinsurance and commercial insurance products and services as GE Insurance Solutions. "“The name change is significant, yet it'’s the first step toward building a powerful brand,” said Ron Pressman," Chairman, President and CEO. "“Our brand is our promise to our customers that they will get world-leading risk expertise from dedicated people who build strong relationships by delivering unsurpassed customer service.”"

Pressman continued: “"The foundations of our brand are in place. We’'ve retooled the organization by our strong customer relationships and rededicating ourselves to delivering the kinds of solutions our customers need to succeed in their markets. With more than $50 billion in combined assets and $7 billion in statutory capital, this business has never been stronger financially or strategically.”"

The new brand name replaces Employers GE Re, Frankona Re, Westport Insurance and nearly a dozen other go-to-market names. However, insurance and reinsurance risks will continue to be underwritten by the existing legal entities, whose legal names will not change. GE Global Insurance Holdings is changing its name to GE Insurance Solutions Corporation.

The announcement of the new GE Insurance Solutions brand is part of an overall rebranding at GE, which is dramatically reducing its market-facing entities and names. GE Insurance Solutions is a group of companies that protects people, property and reputations. With more than $50 billion in combined assets, GE Insurance Solutions is one of the leading providers of commercial insurance, reinsurance and risk management services.