GuideOne Names Paul Knutson SVP Alternative Distribution and Reinsurance

The appointment adds development and execution of strategy for programs and E&S casualty market segments to Knutson’s current responsibilities for reinsurance purchasing.

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GuideOne Insurance Company (West Des Moines, Iowa), a provider of property and liability insurance and risk management solutions with a focus on church property, has announced the promotion of Paul Knutson to the company’s leadership team as senior vice president of alternative distribution and reinsurance.

Paul Knutson, SVP, Alternative Distribution and Reinsurance, GuideOne.

In his expanded role, Knutson will be responsible for developing and executing all facets of the company’s strategy in the programs and E&S casualty market segments while retaining his current responsibilities for reinsurance purchasing across all GuideOne business segments, according to a GuideOne statement.

Knutson brings over 25 years of leadership, reinsurance buying and reinsurance brokerage experience to the position. He joined GuideOne in 2021 as vice president of reinsurance. Since arriving, Knutson has been heavily involved in strategy for all business segments across GuideOne and has been instrumental in aligning the company’s reinsurance solutions with its financial and long-term capital goals.

Integral to the Organization’s Success

Bernie Hengesbaugh, President and CEO, GuideOne.

“Paul’s depth of underwriting knowledge, experience across the insurance industry and knowledge of our business portfolio make him an ideal leader,” comments Bernie Hengesbaugh, President and CEO, GuideOne. “Programs and E&S casualty offer important diversification to our overall book of business and significant profit potential over the long term. Paul’s leadership and expertise will be integral to that success.”

Knutson will immediately assume his new role, with VP, E&S Casualty Jude DiBattista, and VP, Programs Jim Murakami, reporting directly to him.

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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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