Lora S. Rees serves as Executive Vice President, COO and Shareholder of Centauri Specialty Insurance Holdings and its subsidiaries (Centauri Insurance).

In this role, Rees is responsible for day-to-day operations of Centauri and enforcement of company policies as well as collaboration with the CEO on long-term and short-term strategic planning and execution.

Prior to the creation of Centauri Insurance, Rees was the Senior Vice President of Universal North America and part of the original team that launched the company in 2004. Rees was instrumental in the planning and execution of the strategy for Universal, including reinsurance, marketing, rates and rules, underwriting, claims, customer service and overall operational management, including systems and controls. Universal has grown to be one of the top Homeowners carriers in Florida and expanded operations into 17 states across the U.S. Universal North America Insurance Company is rated “A-” (Excellent) by A.M. Best, while Universal Insurance Company of North America’s Financial Stability Rating from Demotech was recently upgraded to “A” (A Prime), Unsurpassed.

Prior to launching Universal, Rees was a senior manager with Computer Science Corporation. In that position, she served as account executive and was responsible for the oversight and management of the business process outsource functions, thereby supporting the front and back office functions of several large national insurance carriers.

Rees began her insurance career in 1987 with a large multi-line independent agency environment. Her experience includes commercial and personal lines, including workers’ compensation, general liability, automobile, homeowners, watercraft, inland marine, ocean marine and umbrella.

Rees is a graduate of the University of South Florida, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in finance. Rees is a licensed agent in several states and has been a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) since 2001.