Merchants Hires New CUO, Agent Advisory Council & MORE!

August 31, 2021

Merchants Hires NEW CUO

The managing director of largest surety broker in North America will become the new chief underwriting officer at Merchants Bonding Company. David Hewett will join Merchants on September 13th – with the department heads of Contract Underwriting, Commercial Underwriting and Specialty Solutions reporting to him.

At Marsh, Hewett was responsible for all surety operations since 2016. Prior to Marsh he was the president of global surety operations at XL Insurance and earlier in his career - the executive vice president of Zurich North America Insurance.

Merchants welcomes David Hewett!

Jason Dettbarn Appointed to Merchants Executive Committee 

We are also congratulating Merchants’ Vice President of Contract Underwriting Jason Dettbarn. He is now a member of the company executive committee and is now department head of contract underwriting.  Jason has been a part of Merchants growth and success for the past 23 years.

2021 Agent Advisory Council Gathers in Chicago

Also in August - Merchants’ Contract Agent Advisory Council gathered in Chicago – face to face for the first time since 2019.  Topics included pandemic recovery and plans for helping smaller contractors to grow as quality businesses.