ACE USA, the U.S.-based retail operating division of the ACE Group, today announced the appointment of Adrian Matthews as Chief Operating Officer of the Midwest region, which comprises 13 Midwestern states, and includes ACE USA branch offices in Cleveland, Minneapolis and Kansas City. In his new role, Mr. Matthews will assist in developing and executing the regional business plan, and collaborating with clients and their brokers to deliver ACE’s broad spectrum of products and services. Based in Chicago, Mr. Matthews will report to Kelley Kinsella, Senior Vice President & Regional Executive Officer for ACE USA’s Midwest Region. In addition, Jason Patchen, Vice President, Regional Distribution Manager, will also report to Ms. Kinsella as he continues in his role managing branch operations for the Midwest Region. Based in Kansas City, Mr. Patchen leads the coordinated broker distribution management efforts for ACE’s products and services outside of Chicago throughout the Midwest territory. “The Midwest region continues to represent significant growth opportunities for ACE. Adrian has played a key role in the expansion of this territory, most recently leading efforts by the regional underwriting teams to execute growth and retention strategies for national and global accounts,” said Ms. Kinsella. “As a founding member of the Midwest branch operations, Jason has been integral to its continued and consistent growth and expansion. Adrian and Jason are tremendous assets to our team.” Ed Zaccaria, Division President, ACE USA Regional Operations added, “We’re proud of our proven ability to work in partnership with our brokers and clients in the Midwest region on our broad array of global and specialty products, and the contribution this has made to ACE USA’s growth in this critical market segment.” With more than 25 years in the insurance arena, Mr. Matthews most recently held the position of Senior Vice President & National Segment Leader of the Midwest region. He previously served as Underwriting Manager, Casualty, and as Business Development Manager for ACE Risk Management, the company’s large-risk division, having joined ACE in 1993. Prior to his tenure with ACE, he served in a casualty supervisory role with a U.S.-based carrier. He began his career in marine claims and commercial underwriting in the London insurance arena. Mr. Matthews holds a Bachelor of Honors degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Leeds, located in England. He is currently a board member of the Midwest Board of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF).