ICW Group Insurance Cos., a San Diego-based group of property and casualty carriers, has hired John Novak as chief operating and strategic execution officer.

Novak is taking over the role from David Hoppen, who is moving to Florida to run a member company of ICW Group, VerTerra Insurance Co. Hoppen had been at ICW Group since 2015.

Novak most recently was managing director at Guy Carpenter, a global reinsurance broker.

According to ICW Group, he has more than 24 years of leadership experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry. He also has expertise in enterprise risk management, compliance, financial reporting and capital markets, the company said.

Novak, who is based at ICW Group's corporate headquarters in San Diego, reports directly to Kevin Prior, president and CEO of ICW Group.

Novak graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with an English degree.