|[December 18, 2012]
Wells Fargo Insurance Announces New Bay Area Practice Leaders
SAN FRANCISCO --(Business Wire)--
To better meet the specialized insurance needs of its Bay Area
customers, Wells Fargo (News - Alert) Insurance, part of Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:
WFC), has named Frank Ross, Rod Okimoto and Shalini Ati as head of its
Life Sciences, International and Semiconductor insurance practices,
Wells Fargo's Bay Area Insurance team is focused on growing the
company's property and casualty, employee benefits and private risk
management services in the market. With five offices and approximately
285 team members, the team serves the insurance needs of Wells Fargo's
existing business banking, middle market, large corporate, and high net
"Wells Fargo Insurance is one of the largest insurance brokers in the
Bay Area, and we will continue to promote the best professionals in the
business to bring excellent service to our clients and serve all of
their insurance needs," said Bob Volkel, head of Bay Area Operations.
"These appointments also support our goals to enhance our industry
expertise, expand customer reach, and drive long term growth."
Frank Ross will now lead the region's Life Sciences Practice
group, managing life science growth initiatives, technical support, risk
identification and assessment, and claims management services. The Life
Sciences Practice group is a national practice dedicated to managing
specialized insurance products specific to the biotechnology and
pharmaceutical industries. Based in San Francisco, Ross reports to
Roland Graham-Helwig, head of the Bay Area Risk Management group. He
joined Wells Fargo in 2003 as head of Wells Fargo Insurance Services
Technology Practice group.
Rod Okimoto will now serve as the Semiconductor Practice Leader
for the region, overseeing Bay Area-based global technology companies.
The Semiconductor Practice group provides risk management insurance
solutions for the manufacturing industry. Okimoto is based in San
Carlos, and also reports to Graham-Helwig. He joined Wells Fargo in 2011
as part of the Technology Practices team.
Shalini Ati will lead the International Practice team,
responsible for supporting Wells Fargo's multinational clients in the
Northwest Region, including the Bay Area. Based in San Carlos, Ati
joined Wells Fargo is 2011 and reports to Celine Hannon, commercial
About Wells Fargo Insurance
Wells Fargo Insurance1 is the fifth largest insurance broker
in the world (Business Insurance, 2012). With 127 offices in
37 states, Wells Fargo Insurance provides solutions for a wide range of
customers, including retail consumers, high net worth individuals, small
businesses, as well as middle market and large corporate customers. The
insurance professionals of Wells Fargo Insurance write $15 billion of
risk premiums annually in property, casualty, benefits, international,
personal lines, and life products.
About Wells Fargo & Company
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified,
community-based financial services company with $1.4 trillion in assets.
Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides
banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial
finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet (wellsfargo.com),
and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank's
customers who conduct business in the global economy. With more than
265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the
United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 26 on
Fortune's 2012 rankings of America's largest corporations. Wells
Fargo's vision is to satisfy all our customers' financial needs and help
them succeed financially.
1 Ranking includes Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA,
Inc., Wells Fargo Insurance Services of West Virginia, Inc., Wells Fargo
Insurance, Inc., and Rural Community Insurance Company
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