Cover Whale Names Bill Fahrner Chief Underwriting Officer

Seasoned insurance executive brings nearly 30 years of insurance operating leadership to Cover Whale’s digitally driven underwriting process.

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Cover Whale Insurance Solutions, Inc., a New York-based InsurTech MGA focused on commercial auto, has announced the appointment of Bill Fahrner, an insurance and technology veteran of nearly 30 years, as Chief Underwriting Officer (CUO).

Bill Fahrner, Chief Underwriting Officer, Cover Whale.

Fahrner began his underwriting career at AIG where he rose to the rank of Casualty Underwriting Officer for the Americas. He later worked on InsurTech platforms at AIG’s Blackboard Insurance where he led the Insurance Product Development team to establish the company’s proprietary underwriting platform.

Most recently, Fahrner served as Chief Insurance Officer at Joyn Insurance (New York). Fahrner’s track record of combining technology-enhanced risk analysis with traditional underwriting principles aligns with Cover Whale’s mission of driving industry-leading loss ratios in a sustainable manner, according to a company statement on his appointment.

Darryl Siry, COO, CTO, Cover Whale.

“We’re at a stage of rapid expansion which bears testament to our successful approach to commercial trucking insurance, and we’ve created a significant lead in the industry in terms of the digital provision of coverage,” comments Darryl Siry, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer at Cover Whale. “As we scale, Bill’s expertise and seasoned leadership bolster our ongoing ability to underwrite and price risks fairly and accurately, while continuing to turn in industry-leading loss ratios.”

One of the Industry’s Most Robust MGAs

“As one of the industry’s most robust managing general agents, Cover Whale’s commitment to evolving the commercial auto insurance underwriting landscape using technology is truly commendable,” comments Fahrner. “This is an exciting time to join the company, and I look forward to taking our already leading trucking insurance platform and underwriting process to the next level.”

Cover Whale characterizes its appointment of a Chief Underwriting Officer as reinforcing its dedication to delivering unparalleled user experiences at an industry-leading pace.

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Anthony R. O’Donnell // Anthony O'Donnell is Executive Editor of Insurance Innovation Reporter. For nearly two decades, he has been an observer and commentator on the use of information technology in the insurance industry, following industry trends and writing about the use of IT across all sectors of the insurance industry. He can be reached at or (503) 936-2803.

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