Veronica Grigg becomes Asia president at Crawford

April 9 2020 by Andrew Tjaardstra

Veronica Grigg has been made president of Asia and responsible for managing all of Crawford’s activities across Asia.

Singapore-based Grigg (pictured), who was most recently chief executive Asia Pacific at ArgoGlobal, brings over 20 years of market experience to the position and will report to Larry Thomas, global president of Crawford Specialty Solutions.

Crawford has extensive operations in Asia including in China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

Hong Kong-based Mike Campbell-Pitt, Crawford’s existing Asia president, will assume the role of chief technical officer for the region and will report directly to Grigg. He will continue to head-up the company’s Hong Kong operations center, while also providing claims technical expertise and support across the Asia region.

Commenting on the leadership appointments, Thomas said: “With [Grigg] and [Campbell Pitt] now heading up our activities across the region, we will further strengthen our prominent position and continue to expand our service offering across this key region, providing access to the full range of Crawford capabilities to our clients.”

Thomas added: “Such an experienced leadership team provides us with a clear strategic advantage in this highly competitive marketplace.”

In January Crawford launched a new operation in Japan when Mamoru Tanouchi, previously managing director at McLarens Japan, joined Crawford Japan as managing director.

The business was established in addition to Crawford’s Japan branch office, under the leadership of Futoshi Suezawa. Also in the same month Tetsuya Fujita, became senior manager for Crawford’s Japanese business unit in the loss adjuster’s Bangkok office.

The demand for loss adjusting services is likely to expand as the insurance gross written premiums increase in the region and clients demand more sophistication. As the global economy evolves, claims are becoming increasingly more complex.

From Japan to the Philippines, the region is consistently hit by nat cats and in recent years storms have become more powerful and as result have caused more devastation. Global warming is one of the main reasons for this.