CRC Group, one of the largest wholesale insurance distributors in the U.S., announced the change in company senior leadership to be effective from January 1, 2021. The current CEO of Commercial Solutions Ron Helveston will retire and be succeeded by Mike Brennan, current President of Commercial Solutions.
Mike Brennan will take responsibility for the leadership and growth of all of the CRC Group’s brokerage and binding operations. Brennan has been a key part of CRC’s leadership team since 2016. He has an experience of more than 33 years in the insurance industry and has contributed greatly to the CRCs development.
The current Chief Operating Officer of CRC Group Neil Kessler will become President and Chief Operating Officer of CRC Group.
Neil Kessler has worked in a variety of leadership roles in his 10 years at CRC Group and his 17 years in the wholesale business. Kessler has been a key leader in the growth and expansion of CRC Group and the development of the firm’s strategic initiatives. In addition to his current responsibilities, Kessler will assume responsibility for CRC Group’s M&A strategy as well as leadership of the company’s Programs and J.H. Blades Divisions.
CEO of CRC Group Dave Obeneur commented: “the appointment of Mike and Neil to their new roles will set up the company for continued growth and success for many years to come”
Obenauer added: “Neil and Mike’s leadership has been instrumental in driving CRC Group’s strategy and growth during their tenure. Neil and Mike are proven leaders, and in their new roles, I am confident they will have an even greater impact on CRC Group’s success in the future.”
Brennan and Kessler will report to Dave Obenauer, CEO of CRC Group.