Press Release /
August 19, 2020

Universal Insurance Holdings Appoints Michael J. Poloskey as New COO

Fort Lauderdale, Fla., August 19, 2020 – Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UVE) announced today that Michael J. Poloskey will take on a new role as Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective immediately. Mr. Poloskey fills the COO role, which was vacated last summer when Steve Donaghy was named CEO.

“This move fits with the natural progression of our organization in providing opportunities for advancement and creating a culture of operational excellence,” said Steve Donaghy, Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Poloskey said, “I look forward to broadening the operational excellence culture we have instilled within our underwriting department the past several years, cross functionally throughout the organization, in partnership with our executive leadership team.”

Mr. Poloskey, 50, has been the Company’s Vice President of Underwriting since 2013. Prior to his role as the Vice President of Underwriting he served as Vice President of Evolution Risk Advisors (formerly Universal Risk Advisors) since 2009. Over more than a decade Mr. Poloskey has been a liaison between Evolution Risk Advisors and the in-house reinsurance intermediary Blue Atlantic Re, has overhauled operational workflows and the organizational structure in the underwriting department, and has been a champion of technology adoption, enterprise architecture and execution. Prior to joining the Company in 2009, Mr. Poloskey was employed in the financial services industry.

Mr. Poloskey received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois.

About Universal Insurance Holdings, Inc.

Universal Insurance Holdings (UVE) is a holding company offering property and casualty insurance and value-added insurance services. We develop, market, and write insurance products for consumers predominantly in the personal residential homeowners lines of business and perform substantially all other insurance-related services for our primary insurance entities, including risk management, claims management and distribution. We sell insurance products through both our appointed independent agents and through our direct online distribution channels in the United States across 18 states (primarily Florida). Learn more at

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