General Casualty Insurance

General Casualty Insurance was a super-regional property and casualty insurance provider headquartered in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin as of 2006. It operated as a subsidiary of Winterthur U.S. Holdings.[1]

General Casualty Insurance
FateAcquired by QBE Insurance
HeadquartersSun Prairie, Wisconsin
Key people
Peter Christen, president and chief executive officer
ProductsProperty and casualty insurance
Revenue1512.70 M (2004)
Number of employees
2,219 (2004)

Winterthur U.S. Holdings, which operated as Winterthur North America, and was also based in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin operated General Casualty Insurance, as well as Bellevue, Washington-based Unigard Insurance.[1]


From 1956 to 1990, General Casualty was owned by Reliance Insurance.[2] In 1990, General Casualty was sold to Winterthur, a Swiss Insurance Group.[2]In 1997, Winterthur was sold to Credit Suisse Group.[2]

In 2006, AXA Group acquired Winterthur from Credit Suisse.[3][4]

In January 2007, QBE Insurance Group, Sydney, Australia, agreed to buy Winterthur U.S. Holdings, General Casualty's parent company, for $1.16 billion.[5]

In 2011, QBE announced that the General Casualty name would be replaced with the QBE name and logo.[6]


  1. ^ a b Beversdorf, Melvin (2006-03-09). "Three Promotions Announced by Winterthur U.S. Holdings Inc". Insurance Journal. Retrieved 2020-09-22.
  2. ^ a b c Mertes, Chris. "McPartland: Purchase will create more jobs". Hometown News LP. Retrieved 2020-09-22.
  3. ^ "AXA Completes Winterthur Acquisition". Insurance Journal. 2006-12-25. Retrieved 2020-09-22.
  4. ^ Arnold, Martin (14 June 2006). "Axa buys Winterthur for ?7.9bn". Financial Times. Retrieved 2020-09-22.
  5. ^ Newman, Judy (2007-01-05). "General Casualty to be sold". The Wisconsin State Journal, Retrieved 2007-01-05.
  6. ^ Kirchen, Rich (18 August 2011). "QBE dropping General Casualty name". Milwaukee Business Journal.