January 20, 2015 by Canadian Underwriter
SCM Insurance Services announced Tuesday that Bob Fitzgerald has been appointed chief executive officer, succeeding founder and CEO Larry Shumka, who will become the corporation’s first-ever executive chairman.
Fitzgerald – most recently the president of SCM’s adjusting and claims management firm ClaimsPro – will manage the transition together with Shumka throughout this year, SCM said in its statement.
Fitzgerald has 30 years of experience in the property and casualty insurance industry and has held senior executive roles with major organizations in the field. He served as ClaimsPro’s president since 2011, and will continue in that role until a permanent successor is announced.
“SCM is already a top-class company providing a full range of insurance services in Canada, and I’m delighted to be entrusted with the opportunity to lead its further growth, innovation and strategic investment,” he said in Tuesday’s statement.
“I’m also looking forward to meeting with our customers and our great team of employees over the coming weeks to share ideas for the future.”
SCM provides claims adjusting, risk management, investigative, surveillance, risk mitigation, medical services, forensic engineering services and risk intelligence services to the P&C industry.
The SCM Insurance Services include ClaimsPro, Xpera Risk Mitigation & Investigation, Cira Medical Services, Sibleys & Associates, MDAC, TRM, Pario Engineering & Environmental Sciences, SCM Risk Management Services (RMS), Opta Information Intelligence and International Programs Group (IPG).
“I’m extremely proud of how our corporation has grown since 1986 from a single office in Edmonton to a corporation of seven companies with 200 offices and more than 2,600 employees serving our clients across Canada,” Shumka noted in the announcement.
“I am confident that the great team we’ve built across all SCM companies will continue to use their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit to deliver the best possible solutions to our customers,” Shumka said. “But we’re poised for even more growth in the years ahead, so this is the perfect time to pass the torch to Bob, whose leadership will take SCM to the next level and ensure that we continue to deliver innovative world-class solutions for our customers.”