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Joel A. Appelbaum Joins IRMI as Vice President of Knowledge Resources

Release Date: Feb 18, 2016

Dallas, TX—International Risk Management Institute,
Inc. (IRMI), Joel Appelbaumis pleased to announce the appointment of Joel A. Appelbaum as vice president of knowledge resources, effective January 29, 2016. Mr. Appelbaum will serve as a member of the IRMI executive team and is responsible for all strategic and tactical leadership for the development and continuous improvement of knowledge products and services (e.g., reference content, educational conferences, certification programs, continuing education courses, and news content). 

Mr. Appelbaum brings with him over 25 years of experience with the insurance industry. Before joining IRMI, Mr. Appelbaum was the president of the construction division for ProSight Specialty Insurance. He specialized in providing insurance solutions for the construction industry. Previously, he was the enterprise chief risk officer for Zurich Insurance in North America and the chief underwriting officer at Zurich Direct Underwriters. Prior to that, he was the construction risk officer at CNA Insurance.

Prior to joining CNA, Mr. Appelbaum served as a senior officer of the Argonaut Great Central Insurance Company in Chicago. While with the Argonaut Companies, he held various positions, increasing in responsibility, relating to insuring and underwriting large contractors and wrap-up projects.

Mr. Appelbaum holds a B.S. degree from DePaul University (Chicago) and an MBA with honors in international business from Lake Forest Graduate School (Chicago). He has a professional CPCU, ARM, and AIS designation from the Insurance Institute of America.

“When we decided to add this new position to our executive team, we embarked upon a very thorough, nationwide search for just the right person,” said IRMI President & CEO Jack P. Gibson. “We found the right fit with Joel. His experience in underwriting and enterprise risk management will be the perfect complement to our team. Additionally, while our product lines apply to all industries, we do have a focus on construction, and his knowledge of this important customer segment will be very beneficial. He has been an IRMI customer for decades, and we expect this perspective to help us greatly as we work to take our products and services to the next level. Needless to say, we are very excited to have him aboard.” 

Learn more about the IRMI executive team.


About International Risk Management Institute, Inc. (IRMI)

International Risk Management Institute, Inc. (IRMI), is a Dallas-based research and publishing organization focusing on insurance and risk management. IRMI reference services, conferences, and webinars give insurance buyers, risk managers, agents, brokers, adjusters, coverage lawyers, and underwriters knowledge to deal effectively with complex and rapidly changing insurance and risk management issues and problems. For more information, visit, or write to International Risk Management Institute, Inc., 12222 Merit Drive, Suite 1600, Dallas, TX 75251.


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