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Scottsdale Names New Agency Management & Business Development Head

Karen Davis has been with the company since 1990.

Nationwide subsidiary Scottsdale Insurance Company, an excess and surplus and specialty lines carrier has named Karen Davis VP of Agency Management and Business Development.

Davis will oversee product management, research and new business development, reporting to Gary Tiepelman, SVP of Contract Underwriting. She replaces Steve Franke, who became vice president of Contract Underwriting's West Region in January 2013.

"Karen has a knack for bringing out the best in her agents and colleagues," Tiepelman said in a statement. "I am excited to see her bring out the best in us as she oversees our agency plant and our products on a line-of-business basis. Karen is sure to attract new products and programs. Her efforts are a crucial part of Scottsdale Insurance's long-term growth plans."

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Davis started working at Scottsdale Insurance Company in 1990 as a personal lines underwriter, last serving as senior director of Contract Underwriting's Southwest Region.

"Karen exemplifies and personifies our company culture of building strong relationships with our customers," said Mike Miller, president of Scottsdale Insurance, in a statement "Our agents respect her knowledge and experience, but more importantly, they enjoy Karen and what she brings to the business. Karen and her agency management skills will take Scottsdale Insurance and our general agents to the next level."

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