Ryan Specialty Group Appoints Chief Operations and Technology Officer for Benefits Business

Ryan Specialty Group has appointed Kirk Behrens as the new director of operations and technology for Ryan Specialty Benefits.

In this role, Behrens will work with Ryan Specialty Benefits President and CEO John Zern to lead team development. Ryan Specialty Benefits focuses on wholesale benefits brokerage and general underwriting capabilities management to meet the needs of the retail brokerage community.

For more than 25 years, Behrens has worked with insurance leaders to create and develop health and risk solutions that address the biggest challenges employers face. He recently held a number of senior leadership positions at Aonincluding as chief information officer for Aon plc. and COO of its global healthcare solutions business. He also previously held leadership positions at Marsh and was a management consultant at Accenture.

“Ryan Specialty Benefits is a new vertical for us and it is very strategically important. With John Zern at the helm of our benefits offering, we are able to attract the outstanding talent of insurance veteran Kirk Behrens, ”said Ryan Specialty President and CEO Patrick G. Ryan.

“Kirk brings a unique combination of strategic, business, operations and technology experience and knowledge, as well as a proven track record that will be instrumental in developing Ryan’s Special Benefits,” added John Zern.

“I am delighted to be joining Ryan Specialty Benefits to create an industry leading employee benefits wholesale specialty solutions provider,” Behrens commented on his appointment. “This is a unique opportunity that I am privileged to have and am excited to develop with Pat, John and the best talent from Ryan Specialty.”

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