NEW YORK, Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- QBE North America today announced that Carla Owens has joined the organization as Senior Vice President, Operations for the Specialty Business Group. Based in New York City, Ms. Owens will report to Jeffrey S. Grange, President, Specialty Insurance, QBE North America. In this new role, Ms. Owens will manage the design and implementation of the Specialty Operating Platform (SOP). This critical business technology project will deliver core processing capabilities across policy administration and billing functions for QBE's Specialty Insurance business, which includes Accident & Health, Aviation, Cyber, Healthcare, Inland Marine, Management Liability and Professional Lines, Programs, Surety, Trade Credit and Transactional Liability practices. The platform will also be integrated with existing financial, customer, processing and policy systems. A proven business program manager with a depth of expertise across Specialty Insurance product lines, Ms. Owens has a track record of success launching, directing and managing large-scale programs and projects to drive operational, underwriting and profit improvement. Prior to joining QBE, Ms. Owens spent 15 years at Chubb. Starting as an Executive Protection Underwriter, she quickly advanced to the position of Executive Protection Leader, where she was responsible for underwriting profit and loss results and marketing of a $60 million Management Liability portfolio. Later, as the Assistant Vice President, Profitability Indicator Business Project Manager, Ms. Owens worked as the business lead for the development and implementation of predictive models to support risk selection and pricing for Specialty coverage lines and segments. Most recently, she served as Vice President, Small Business Solution Program Manager, responsible for a $30 million program of work that included predictive modeling, renewal processing and online quoting portal projects. Ms. Owens holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Michigan State University. "This appointment further underscores our focus on the customer. The platform enables straight-through processing, increasing the speed with which we can quote, bind and issue policies - improving the customer experience. Carla's deep Specialty business knowledge and proven program management skills will serve us well as we work to successfully design, implement, and embed the platform into our Specialty business, laying a strong foundation to continue our aggressive growth strategy," said Mr. Grange.