Assurant Inc., a New York company that sells specialty insurance and insurance-related products and services, announced the hiring Tuesday of Stephen W. Gauster from Prudential Financial Inc. to be a senior vice president and chief corporate counsel.

Mr. Gauster, 38, is to report to Bart Schwartz, an executive vice president and the chief legal officer, and is to run Assurant's public company legal work, its risk management function, and its corporate law practice group.

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