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QBE North America
Explore the possibilities of growing your career with a company that cultivates—and celebrates—individual strengths and contributions. Every day, more than 5,300 employees have the opportunity to demonstrate their talents in our offices across North America. Headquartered in New York, QBE North America is a leading commercial specialty insurer, with a diverse portfolio that operates in five major segments: Property & Casualty, Specialty, Crop, Financial Institutions and Reinsurance.
QBE North America Operations is a division of QBE Insurance Group Limited, one of the world's 20 largest insurance and reinsurance companies. We are rated A+ by Standard & Poor’s and A (Excellent) by A.M. Best – financial-size category (XV).* Located in 43 countries, QBE is operational in all key global insurance markets and considered a leading underwriter within our chosen markets. We have more than 16,000 employees worldwide.
In 2013, QBE produced $18 billion in gross written premiums globally and QBE North America Operations produced more than $5.8 billion in gross written premiums. For more information visit
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The growth of QBE, nationally and internationally, is the story of an institution that has played a significant part in Australian commercial history for more than 127 years .
In 1886, two young Scotsmen, James Burns and Robert Philp, established QBE’s foundation company, The North Queensland Insurance Company Limited (QI). By 1890, QI had established over 36 agencies in locations that included London, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
In 1904, the company opened its own offices on Fenchurch Street London and in 1924, QI opened offices in New York.
In 1921, Burns founded the Bankers’ and Traders’ Insurance Company (B&T), with QI as the largest shareholder. The name Traders’ originated from the South Sea Islands trading firm, Burns Philp and Company, which was a shareholder in the insurance firm. The Bankers’ was derived from the Royal Bank of Canada-owned Montreal Trust Company, which also had a stake in the venture.
In 1959, QI and B&T each purchased 40% of The Equitable Probate and General Insurance Company, with Burns Philp purchasing the remaining 20%. In 1973, QI and B&T merged and chose the name QBE Insurance.
QBE North America
; Wall Street Plaza; 88 Pine Street; New York, NY 10005 Phone: 212.422.1212 Fax: 212.422.1313
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