Haley picks David Black to lead insurance agency

David Black (Source: Office of the Governor)
David Black (Source: Office of the Governor)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Gov. Nikki Haley has picked the CEO of a U.S. subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Canada to lead South Carolina's insurance agency.

Haley announced Thursday that she has chosen David Black of Greenville to run the Department of Insurance.

Black is president and CEO of Liberty Life Insurance. The Greenville-based company is part of the Royal Bank of Canada's insurance operations.

Haley says she likes Black's experience, and said he will be a partner and friend to insurance companies.

"We're thrilled that David Black has agreed to serve at the Department of Insurance," said Gov. Haley. "David Black comes from a business and insurance background – he's a former CEO at Liberty Life – and he is both highly qualified and highly recommended.  Most of all, he understands that Insurance can and should be an economic development agency, and that the agency must be as customer friendly and as pro-business as possible."

The 53-year-old Black would replace Insurance Director Scott Richardson, a former state senator appointed to the job in February 2007.

"I want to thank the governor for this vote of confidence," said Black. "I'm really excited to accept this appointment. I look forward to working with the whole team. As the governor has said, we want to do all that we can to be pro-business in our state to drive economic development and to improve the quality of life. I think that the insurance industry plays a significant role in making that happen."

Black earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Clemson University, and a law degree from the University of South Carolina.

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