Richard J. Schmitzer
President and CEO
Mr. Schmitzer was named President and CEO of James River Insurance Company in March of 2010. Prior to this Mr. Schmitzer had served the company as Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer since joining James River in July, 2009. Prior to James River, he spent 19 years with the Scottsdale Insurance Company most recently as Vice President, Brokerage, Professional Liability, and Programs. He began his career with the Sentry Insurance Company where he was Underwriting Manager for the Western and Pacific regions prior to joining Scottsdale. Mr. Schmitzer earned a BS degree, Business Administration/Economics from Central Michigan University (1977).
John G. Clarke
Senior Vice President, Director of Marketing
Mr. Clarke joined James River Insurance Company in 2003. Prior to joining James River, he served most recently as Senior Vice President and Chief Product Development officer for Wyndham Partners Consulting, a division of Renaissance Re U.S. Holdings (RUSH). Prior to joining RUSH, Mr. Clarke spent ten years as Markel Corporation Vice-President in a variety of roles including Director of Marketing for the Essex Insurance Company and Shand-Morahan Group, and the management of various commercial and personal underwriting areas within Markel American Insurance Company and Markel American Underwriting Managers. Prior to joining Markel, Mr. Clarke was a Product Manager for Progressive Casualty Insurance Company for six years, managing multi-state underwriting operations for non-standard auto and other specialty lines. A graduate of the University of Richmond (1980), Mr. Clarke also holds an MBA from The College of William and Mary (1984), and the CPCU designation.
Richard H. Seward
Senior Vice President and Chief Actuary
Mr. Seward joined James River Insurance Company in 2009 bringing over 20 years experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining James River, he served as Vice President and Actuary for Endurance Specialty Insurance, Ltd., responsible for pricing the portfolio of casualty business written through their Bermuda office. Previously, Mr. Seward served as Assistant Vice President at Portfolio Recovery Associates, where he was responsible for the pricing and management of distressed receivable portfolios. Prior to this, Mr. Seward worked with Wyndham Partners Consulting, a division of Renaissance Re U.S. Holdings with pricing, reserving, catastrophe modeling, and product management responsibilities. Mr. Seward has also worked with Markel Corporation as a reserving actuary. Mr. Seward received a B.A. in Economics and an M.S. in Mathematics, both from the University of Virginia. He also has attained the ACAS, MAAA, FRM, and ARe designations.
Raju S. Sodhi
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Mr. Sodhi was promoted to Chief Information Officer in 2009 and James River Group CIO in 2013. Mr. Sodhi joined James River Insurance Company in late 2002 as Director of Information Technology. He was responsible for core systems development and implementation including policy and claims management, reporting and data warehouse. Since that time, Mr. Sodhi has managed application development, support, database, and IT operations. Prior to joining James River, Mr. Sodhi spent seven years at the Colony Insurance Group in a variety of technical positions in the IT department. Before joining Colony, Mr. Sodhi worked for Medical College of Virginia Hospitals as a software developer. Mr. Sodhi has over 24 years of experience in the software industry. In his current role as James River Group CIO, Mr. Sodhi is responsible for establishing IT policies and enterprise level architecture standards across all the group entities in collaboration with business unit executives. Mr. Sodhi is a graduate of Punjab University, Punjab, India, with a degree in Arts and earned his post-baccalaureate certificate in Information Systems from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Angela J. Burnett
Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Operations
Mrs. Burnett joined James River Insurance Company in April 2009. Prior to joining James River, she held the position of Vice President of Human Resources at LandAmerica Financial Group, Inc. In the 15 years Mrs. Burnett has been in the Human Resources field, she has held leadership positions with responsibilities in many areas of HR including talent management and change leadership, strategic HR program development and planning, succession planning , leadership and management training, large-scale project planning and execution, merger integration, talent acquisition, employee relations, benefits, compensation, operations and process improvement. Mrs. Burnett earned a B.S. degree in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation.
Fred C. Thistle
Vice President and Chief Claims Officer
Mr. Thistle joined James River Insurance Company in December 2003 specializing in Professional Liability, Allied Health and Life Sciences claims. He brings over 35 years of experience in the insurance industry. Prior to joining James River, Mr. Thistle was Director of Claims with The Reciprocal Group, where he was responsible for medical malpractice and general liability claims. Prior to joining The Reciprocal Group Fred was employed by the Markel Corporation, where he managed a divisional claims department handling a variety of lines including commercial auto, manufactured housing, and license & permit bonds. For most of his career, Mr. Thistle has specialized in professional lines with particular emphasis in medical liability. In addition to The Reciprocal Group and Markel Corporation, his career includes service with the Insurance Company of North America, the St. Paul Companies, the Massachusetts Joint Underwriting Association, and the Pennsylvania Medical Society Liability Insurance Company. Mr. Thistle holds a Bachelor's Degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College. He completed a claims law associate program with LaSalle Extension University in Chicago and earned an Associate in Insurance Management with the Insurance Institute of America.