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NAPERVILLE, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Berkley Equine & Cattle, a division of Berkley Program Specialists, a Berkley Company®, announced today its recent hire of Ms. Sheila Gott, who joined the executive leadership team as Senior Vice President and Equine Underwriting Manager effective January 2, 2020.

With the addition of Ms. Gott, Berkley Equine & Cattle will have two underwriting teams which will allow them to continue offering their great products and services to a broader agency base. Having two teams will also provide for a more diverse product set and increased investments in technology to ensure a world class experience for agent partners and insureds. As an Equine Underwriting Manager, Ms. Gott will be responsible for managing the second Berkley Equine & Cattle equine mortality underwriting team, based in Lexington, KY while the team headed by Mike Anello, SVP and Equine Underwriting Manager, will continue to be based in Alpharetta, GA. Both Underwriting Managers with report to Greg Douglas, President of Berkley Program Specialists.

Reflecting on the new appointment, Mr. Douglas said, “At Berkley Program Specialists, we view every hire as an opportunity to enhance the agent experience. Our talent is what makes an impression on clients. Mike has built a great business at Berkley Equine & Cattle based on superior service and a competitive product and we are looking forward to Sheila assisting us in expanding that reach.”

Ms. Gott has an extensive background in the equine marketplace with over 40 years of diverse experience including agency management, claims adjusting, and underwriting, most recently as Manager of major equine underwriting teams for the past 18 years.

About Berkley Equine & Cattle: Berkley Equine & Cattle, a Berkley Company®, a division of Berkley Program Specialists, a Berkley Company®, is a leading insurance operation dedicated to the equine and cattle industries and program business. Berkley Equine & Cattle provides equine and cattle agents and program administrators with underwriting authority backed by admitted and non-admitted A.M. Best A+ rated insurance paper, as well as program management expertise and, when required, reinsurance support. For more information, please visit Berkley Program Specialists at or Berkley Equine & Cattle at