Category Archives: Appointments

McLane Grocery Names New President

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Berkshire Hathaway’s McLane Company, Inc., a leading supply chain services company providing grocery and foodservice solutions, has appointed Chris Smith as its new President of McLane Grocery, a $33 billion business unit providing supply chain solutions to over 70,000 retailer locations.

Before joining McLane Company, Smith worked at Walgreens Boots Alliance, a global leader in retail pharmacy, as the Senior Vice President – Chief Supply Chain Officer. He oversaw supply chain functions for 9,200 U.S.- based Walgreen stores through 16 distribution centers and 9,000 warehouse employees. Before Walgreens, he served as the Executive Vice President – Chief Supply Chain Officer at C&S Wholesale, the largest grocery wholesaler in the country. Smith has also held senior leadership positions in distribution and logistics with McKesson Corporation, a Texas-based leader in healthcare.

“We are very pleased to have Chris join our team,” said McLane Company CEO Tony Frankenberger. “He brings a wealth of supply chain and logistics leadership experience across diverse industries that will contribute to many areas of our business.”

Smith has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and serves on the board of Phillips Pet Food & Supplies.

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Announces Two Promotions in UK

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has promoted Chris Warrior to Head of Executive & Professional Lines in the UK, and named Jessica Kirby as Head of Commercial Management Liability Insurance in the UK.

“BHSI has a rigorous recruiting process that enables us to build our global team with individuals who possess both exceptional capabilities and strong character,” said Vanessa Maxwell, Country Manager, UK, BHSI. “And with our deep bench of talent, we are pleased to be able to give our teammates excellent opportunities to advance in our nimble and always growing organization. I look forward to seeing all that Chris and Jess will achieve for BHSI and our E&P lines customers in their new roles.”

Chris joined BHSI in 2019 as Head of Management Liability for the UK and Ireland. In his new role, he will oversee BHSI’s UK team and portfolio across all Executive & Professional Lines, including Management Liability as well as Professional Indemnity, Cyber and Transactional Liability Insurance. Chris has nearly two decades of experience underwriting in the UK marketplace.

Jess Joined BHSI in 2018 as Senior Underwriter, Commercial D&O. In her new role as Head of Commercial Management Liability for the UK, she will oversee the team and portfolio she has played a critical role in building for BHSI in the UK. Jess has nearly 15 years of experience in the UK Financial Lines market.

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Berkshire’s Berkadia Adds Sales Team to D.C. Metro Office

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In the midst of its record-breaking year, Berkadia, Berkshire Hathaway’s joint venture with Jefferies Financial Group, has added a new investment sales team to its D.C. Metro office, bringing on board Senior Managing Directors Walter Coker and Brian Crivella.

Coker and Crivella are regional leaders in multifamily sales, having executed over 200 sale and recapitalization transactions representing in excess of $15 billion of value and more than 40,000 units across their careers. They join an already robust investment sales team and will serve in a leadership capacity. The team will work closely with Berkadia’s D.C. Metro mortgage banking team and will report to Co-Head of Investment Sales Keith Misner.

“The D.C. Metro area, and the Mid-Atlantic region as a whole, is a mainstay for institutional and private client apartment investment activity. We have seen groundbreaking sales this year and the region is poised to continue to be a sought-after location for investment, which is why it is vital that we have the best talent on our team to support clients looking to transact in the market,” said Misner. “Few people are as experienced in the Mid-Atlantic region as Walter and Brian, and we’re thrilled to add them as leaders to our already powerhouse team in our D.C. Metro office. As we look ahead to what we know will be an incredibly active end of the year, and what we expect to be an equally active start of 2022, we’re confident that we’re bringing the best talent and opportunities to the table to enable our clients to achieve their goals.”

Berkadia has had a record-breaking investment sales year so far, closing more than $12 billion in investments sales across 400 transactions to date. The Mid-Atlantic region alone has totaled more than $1 billion across 35 transactions.

The Mid-Atlantic region alone has totaled more than $1 billion across 35 transactions.

This success comes on the heels of Berkadia’s increased commitment to serving institutional clients, who have played an outsized role in the industry’s post-COVID rebound.

At the start of the year, Berkadia acquired the apartment brokerage arm of Moran and Company, launching Berkadia Institutional Solutions, powered by Moran.

About Berkadia

Founded in 2009 as a 50/50 joint venture between Berkshire Hathaway and Leucadia National Corporation (now known as Jefferies Financial Group), Berkadia is a third-party commercial mortgage servicer, as well as an approved lender for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and HUD/FHA.

The company is among the top Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae multifamily lenders.

Berkadia owes its origins to GMAC Commercial Mortgage Corporation, which was acquired in 2009 by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Five Mile Capital Partners LLC, and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners. Christened Capmark Financial, the company had $10 billion of originations in 2008 and a servicing portfolio of more than $360 billion before running into bankruptcy in October 2009.

In a deal approved by the bankruptcy court, Capmark sold its mortgage loan and servicing to the newly formed Berkadia in a deal worth $515 million.

The deal brought Berkshire into the heart of the commercial loan serving business, and the company has one of the largest commercial real estate servicing portfolios.

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Susan A. Buffett and Christopher C. Davis Appointed to Berkshire Hathaway Board of Directors

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Berkshire Hathaway has announced that Susan A. Buffett and Christopher C. Davis have each been elected to the Board of Directors of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Susan Alice Buffett (60) is the daughter of Warren Buffett and is the Chairman of the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation and the Chairman of the Sherwood Foundation, each of which is a private, grant-making foundation based in Omaha, Nebraska.

Christopher Davis (54) is Chairman of Davis Select Advisors, an investment management firm that oversees over $25 billion in assets. He is a director on the boards of both Coca-Cola and Graham Co.

The appointments come less than a month after the death of longtime Berkshire Hathaway director Walter Scott Jr., who died in September at the age of 90.

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Appoints David Harries, Executive Underwriter, E&P, UK

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has announced that David Harries has joined the company as Executive Underwriter, Executive and Professional Lines, UK.

“David will play a key role as we continue to expand our Executive and Professional Lines portfolio, and we are pleased to welcome him to our team,” said Vanessa Maxwell, Head of E&P, UK. “His great depth and breadth of underwriting and leadership experience further elevates our ability to problem-solve with customers and deliver highly customized solutions, backed by unparalleled financial strength and claims service.”

David has more than three decades of experience in both Lloyd’s and company markets in the UK. He was most recently Active Underwriter DCH386 and Head of Financial Lines at QBE Insurance. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Queen Mary University of London.

David is based in BHSI’s office in London.

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty insurance Names Constanza Gállegos as Country Manager, Spain

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has added Constanza Gállegos to its leadership team in Europe as Country Manager, Spain.

Constanza has nearly 24 years of experience in the European insurance industry. Most recently, she was Head of Distribution, Europe, at QBE Insurance, where she spent 14 years in increasingly senior positions. She holds Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Economics & Bachelor of Business Administration degrees from Universidad Pontificia Comillas.

“BHSI has been expanding rapidly, bringing consistency and stability to customers across Europe,” said Chris Colahan, Head of Europe, BHSI. “With her extensive industry experience and relationships, Constanza will play a pivotal role in accelerating our growth in Spain, and we are excited to welcome her to our team.”

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Breaking News: Chris Brown Replaces Eric Schur as Lubrizol’s CEO

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There is a major leadership change at Berkshire Hathaway’s Lubrizol. Chris Brown has replaced Eric Schnur as CEO, and now has the title of President and Chief Executive Officer.

Schnur had served as chairman, president and chief executive since 2017.

As of this writing, Lubrizol has not issued a statement about the change in leadership, but has removed Schnur’s bio and his “Message from Lubrizol’s CEO” page from its website.

Lubrizol has been snakebit with fires recently, with a major fire destroying a Lubrizol plant in Rouen, France in September 2019, and its Chemtool plant in Rockton, Illinois, was gutted in a blaze on Jun 14, 2021.

The Chemtool fire has been determined to have been caused by a leak of mineral oil from piping in the area of work being performed by an employee of an outside contractor working on an insulation replacement project.

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway and BYD, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Enters Marine Market in France

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Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance has launched a full line of marine insurance products in France and appointed Muriel Birre Julvécourt as Head of Marine.

The new marine offerings include: Inland Marine, Ocean Cargo, Stock & Transit, Project Cargo, Freight Forwarders Liability, Ports & Terminals, and Subsea Insurance.

“We are very excited to further round out our offerings for customers and brokers in France with marine insurance, backed by BHSI’s financial stability, long-view underwriting, and CLAIMS IS OUR PRODUCT® philosophy,” said François-Xavier d’Huart, Country Manager, France. “Muriel is well known in the local marketplace and we are excited to have her deep technical expertise and excellent leadership capabilities leading our entry into this new line.”

Muriel comes to BHSI with more than 25 years of marine underwriting experience. She was most recently Head of Marine at RSA Group. Before that, she held various management roles in Marine at Groupama Transport. She was a member of the Marine Committee of the French Federation for Insurance Companies (FFA) for nearly 10 years, and holds a master’s degree in Insurance Law from the University of Paris Panthéon Assas.

Muriel is based in BHSI’s office in Paris.

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Lubrizol Appoints Its First Chief Diversity Officer

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As part of its ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion as a key enabler of business success, Berkshire Hathaway’s Lubrizol has appointed Cheree Aspelin as the company’s first Chief Diversity Officer. In this role, Aspelin will continue to advance the company’s organizational capability by further embedding diversity and inclusion (D&I) across Lubrizol’s workforce, culture, systems and processes.

Aspelin also will hold HR leadership responsibilities for culture, talent management, talent development and organization design and effectiveness.

Aspelin has been a tireless advocate for culture, diversity and inclusion throughout her career, most recently serving as senior director for Lubrizol’s culture and inclusion efforts. Her successful 25-year career has focused on culture, talent development, training, and change management roles, including leadership roles with BP and JP Morgan Chase.

The addition of Chief Diversity Officer is a significant step in Lubrizol’s on-going D&I journey. For years, the company has embraced policies and programs that recognize and nurture a diverse and inclusive workforce, including training related to bias and inclusion and a strong network of Employee Resource Groups. Forbes named the company as one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity in both 2019 and 2020.

The company believes additional improvements will lead to even greater innovation and success. The company’s D&I approach rests on three pillars:

• Owned by the Organization – All Lubrizol employees have a shared accountability to drive toward a more inclusive work environment. The company’s global D&I Council, Inclusion Advocates and Employee Resource Groups provide examples of shared ownership to raise awareness and offer opportunities for greater connection.

• Measured to Track Success – Many years of experience have taught us that we must have meaningful measurements to track success if we are to realize sustainable organizational improvement. The company adopted gender-based goals in 2019, committing to increase the percentage of women in senior leadership roles. In 2020, the company expanded its diversity and inclusion goals to address two additional areas of impact: increasing the representation of Black employees and Black senior-level leaders within the U.S. and expanding the geographic diversity of senior-level leaders across the company.

• Embedded into Systems and Processes – To be successful in these goals, diversity and inclusion are being further embedded into company systems and processes. The company has been updating and improving HR processes, including new ways of working related to internal job posting, candidate assessments and increased workplace flexibility options with the intention of attracting, retaining and promoting the best talent to help us achieve our business goals.

The company also has re-engineered its university scholarship and recruiting programs to ensure it is reaching more students traditionally underrepresented in the industry and is enabling hiring and promotion practices that help reduce bias and evaluate candidates in a consistent, objective and transparent manner.

“We are committed to building on the strength of our culture to ensure a truly inclusive environment where talented people can be their absolute best,” said Eric Schnur, Lubrizol Chairman, President and CEO. “An environment where different experiences, perspectives and ideas are not only welcomed, but celebrated. We are building a more capable company as a result, and Cheree’s appointment to Chief Diversity Officer furthers our commitment and will meaningfully advance our progress.”

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Berkshire Hathaway’s CORT Announces New President/COO

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Berkshire Hathaway’s CORT, the nation’s leading provider of furniture rental and transition services, has announced the promotion of Mike Davis to President and Chief Operating Officer.

In his new role, Davis will be responsible for overseeing all operations and sales for CORT Furniture Rental, CORT Trade Show & Events, CORT Party Rental, 4SITE by CORT and Roomservice by CORT in the UK.

“Mike’s leadership experience across the organization gives him great insight and will assist driving client satisfaction and exceptional results across all of our businesses,” said CORT’s Chairman and CEO, Jeff Pederson.

Davis began his career with CORT in 1997 at CORT Furniture Rental in San Francisco. Over the years he has held executive leadership roles in both sales and operations, including Executive Vice President for CORT Furniture Rental and the Trade Show and Events Divisions. In 2016, Mike was promoted to Chief Operating Officer before his current promotion to President and Chief Operating Officer.

“In this new role I look forward to continuing to execute our long-term strategic plans as we recover from the impact of the pandemic,” said Davis. “We have an exceptional group of people at CORT, and I am confident in our ability to exceed our customers’ expectations as we grow and continue to adapt to their changing business needs.”

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Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.