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First Insurance Hires New Assistant Vice President of Claims


Kaela Wasnich, Sr. Corporate Communications Specialist
First Insurance Co. of Hawaii
(808) 527-7388

HONOLULU – First Insurance Company of Hawaii (FICOH) has hired Robert Libby as assistant vice president of claims, overseeing the liability, litigation, and property claims teams. He joined the FICOH team in mid-March and previously served as manager of commercial general liability and auto property damage claims at AmTrust in California.

“Robert comes to us highly recommended. We believe his decades of experience working in claims and commitment to helping employees grow and flourish will be a vital asset to FICOH,” said Jeff Shonka, president and CEO of FICOH. “We are excited to welcome him to the Islands.”

A Long Beach, California, native, Libby began working in the insurance industry as soon as he graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles. He began his career as a claims adjuster at Farmers Insurance and worked there for 15 years. After a brief stint working in the airline industry, he returned to the insurance industry as a supervisor at Tower Insurance in Irvine, California, which later became part of AmTrust, where he was promoted to manager.

About First Insurance Company of Hawaii

Founded in 1911, First Insurance Company of Hawaii, Ltd. is the oldest and largest property and casualty insurer domiciled in Hawaii, with assets of $666.4 million, liabilities of $399.5 million, and policyholders’ surplus of $266.8 million as of December 31, 2020.

First Insurance, a member of the Tokio Marine North America (TMNA) group of companies, enjoys an “A+” rating from A.M. Best Co. Proud of its broadly experienced, service-oriented staff, First Insurance employs 300 insurance professionals and distributes its products through 26 independent general agencies. First Insurance was awarded the American Heart Association’s Workplace Health Gold Achievement for 2020. In 2021, First Insurance was named Hawaii’s number one Best Places to Work in the "large company" category by Hawaii Business magazine.

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