NEW YORK — Standard & Poor’s has reorganized its U.S. Insurance Ratings group, which evaluates the financial strength of insurance companies.

The company has formed a new “high-focus” unit that will concentrate on the special needs of its most complex insurer customers. This unit, headed by Jay Dhru, will comprise Standard & Poor’s most experienced insurance analysts, who will follow organizations such as AIG, Hartford, ACE, and John Hancock. Mr. Dhru continues to head Standard & Poor’s insurance capital markets unit.

The reorganization also created a “segment analytic” unit that will develop Standard & Poor’s analyses for markets such as reinsurance, health care, workers’ compensation, and annuities. Don Watson, formerly head of Standard & Poor’s reinsurance analysis team, will head the segment analytic unit, which will be responsible for about 125 insurance companies in the middle market.

A newly formed research unit, led by Bob Partridge, formerly head of the property-casualty analysis team, will analyze other midsize and smaller insurers, as well as HMOs and health plans.

The insurance group will continue to be part of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services business unit.

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