NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Freedom Specialty named Maria L. Duhart assistant vice president of Commercial Surety. Ms. Duhart will be responsible for building and managing Freedom’s commercial surety bond business in the U.S. She will be based in New York City and report to Antonio C. Albanese, vice president of Surety at Freedom Specialty.
“I am very excited to be a part of Freedom’s fast growing Surety Division and building the commercial surety team and products,” said Ms. Duhart. “Freedom brings the financial strength, infrastructure, capacity and innovative culture ideal for growing profitably in the Surety market.”
Mr. Albanese commented on the appointment stating, “Ms. Duhart brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team. Her experience spans from corporate strategy at Chubb to overseeing one of the largest commercial surety teams in the nation. We look forward to working with Ms. Duhart and establishing our commercial surety products.”
Most recently, Ms. Duhart was with Chubb where her responsibilities ranged from corporate development and strategy where she worked with senior management to implement corporate strategies, including a three year strategic plan for surety, to managing the credit portfolio of loss sensitive programs at Chubb Commercial Insurance. In 2009 she moved to the Surety Division where she led the largest commercial surety team in the U.S. Prior to joining Chubb, Maria worked in Strategic Planning at a Latin American Retail and Finance Group and in Corporate Banking at ABN Amro Bank.
Ms. Duhart majored in Economics in Argentina, completed a Certificate in Administration and Management at Harvard University and an MBA at NYU Stern. She is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder.
About Freedom Specialty
Freedom Specialty Insurance Company, a subsidiary of Scottsdale Insurance Company, represents a wealth of experience in specialty liability insurance, and provides specialized expertise, dynamic problem-solving, and decisive responsiveness to the needs of their clients. Backed by Nationwide Insurance® and an A.M. Best Rating of A+ (Superior), FSC XV, the company’s financial strength and stability allows it to serve as a vanguard in specialty liability lines. Visit freedomspecialtyins.com to learn more, or call Craig Landi at 212-329-6901.