Benedikt Sander Joins Preferred Mutual as the Executive Vice President of Insurance Operations

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Sander brings to Preferred Mutual a wealth of business leadership expertise, with more than 20 years of experience in the insurance sector and in consultancy.

Benedikt Sander Joins Preferred Mutual as Executive Vice President, Insurance Operations

NEW BERLIN, NY (May 27, 2017) — Benedikt Sander has been named Executive Vice President, Insurance Operations of Preferred Mutual Insurance Company (“Preferred Mutual”). Sander will be responsible for driving results for Insurance Operations with a key focus on profitable growth. Working as a key member of the Senior Executive Leadership Team, Sander will be accountable for building the vision for and driving execution within the underwriting and sales/distribution areas of the company.

Sander brings to Preferred Mutual a wealth of business leadership expertise, with more than 20 years of experience in the insurance sector and in consultancy. Prior to joining Preferred Mutual, he held the position of Senior Vice President, Underwriting Strategy, National Insurance for Liberty Mutual.  He also previously served as the Senior Vice President and Product Manager for Liberty Mutual’s Workers Compensation and Commercial Auto business, as well as Vice President, Agency Relationship Management for Liberty Mutual’s Agency Corporation. Sander was also a Principal in the Corporate Strategy & Research division of Liberty Mutual, leading a series of key organizational projects. Prior to these roles, Sander held a variety of positions for McKinsey & Company including Business Analyst, Engagement Manager and Practice Manager consulting on strategy, operations and marketing with various Fortune 500 companies. 

Preferred Mutual’s President and CEO, Chris Taft, said “Bringing exceptional talent to Preferred remains a key area of focus, and we are excited to leverage Benedikt’s extensive experience, industry knowledge, intellect and leadership in support of our mission of assuring our customers’ ability to live confidently.”

"I am very excited to join the Preferred Mutual team in a role that will leverage my experience in strategy, agency management, product management and underwriting, focused on small commercial but also with significant exposure to large commercial and personal lines, said Sander. I look forward to working with the team and to be a part of taking Preferred Mutual to the next level."

Sander earned a Master of Philosophy degree in Economic Theory from Cambridge University (Cambridge, UK) and an International Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. 

Preferred Mutual Insurance Company provides property and casualty insurance coverage to more than 232,000 individual and business customers through a network of more than 490 independent agents throughout New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. In business since 1896, Preferred Mutual is rated “A” by A.M. Best Company and is headquartered in New Berlin, New York. Learn more at

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