Stewart appointed Bruce Hawley as executive vice president of Stewart's National Title Services (NTS). Hawley has nearly 40 years of experience in every aspect of the title insurance business, and is a proven leader with the capability of driving strategic growth, according to a release issued by the company.
After a strong and successful tenure with Stewart, Paul Sands, executive vice president and director, National Title Services, will retire at the end of the year.
"We are thrilled to have Bruce lead our national commercial operations. Stewart remains focused on providing an excellent experience for customers in the commercial arena and to expanding our commercial operations," said Glenn Clements, group president, Direct Operations. "Paul's leadership has provided NTS with a strong foundation, and Bruce's proven experience will build upon this as we move forward."
"Stewart is emphasizing our focus on commercial," said Matt Morris, president and CEO of Stewart. "We are fully committed to the highest service levels, and to expanding our capabilities in the commercial arena. Bruce's appointment comes on the heels of the recent Fitch Ratings upgrade to an A- rating for the Insurer Financial Strength (IFS) ratings of Stewart's insurance subsidiaries, and further validates that Stewart has both the financial strength and the industry expertise to grow and support the largest of our commercial customers."
Prior to joining Stewart in 2000, Hawley served in several senior positions at Chicago Title developing an expertise in transactions between the United States and other countries, as well as in commercial underwriting. Hawley is a retired Brigadier General in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, and was honored with several decorations during his 33-year career in the Air Force's Judge Advocate General Corps.