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December 16, 2011

Liberty Mutual consolidated its specialty construction operations and appointed James Conroy senior vice president and chief underwriting officer for construction, Liberty Mutual commercial markets.

Previously, Conroy was responsible for underwriting large construction risks for Liberty Mutual commercial markets. Before joining the Boston-based insurer in 2003, Conroy held a variety of senior construction risk underwriting, surety and loss control positions.

Lyndell Haigood, regional vice president of State Auto Insurance Co., has been elected president of the Association of Fire and Casualty Cos. in Texas (AFACT) for a two-year term.

Mike Gerik, executive vice president of the Texas Farm Bureau Insurance Cos., was elected as vice president and Paul Ehlert, president of Germania Insurance, was elected secretary/treasurer.

Ron Lawson, vice president of industry relations for the Republic Group in Dallas, will serve as director at large.

Bill Thomas has partnered with Ben Thomas and Barry Rabune of Costa Mesa, Calif.-based of RSI Insurance Brokers, a property/casualty insurance company that focuses on the transportation industry. The new partnerships’ focus will be providing broker consulting for mid- to large-sized organizations in the agriculture and transportation industries.

Thomas comes to RSI with more than 20 years of employee benefits experience. He has held senior leadership roles with national health plans, large employee benefits brokerage and consulting firms and healthcare provider organizations.

The China General Chamber of Commerce — U.S.A. honored Maurice R. Greenberg for his contributions toward U.S. and China exchanges. The organization’s Win-Win Award was presented to the insurance executive at the group’s dinner in New York City that marked CGCC-USA’s six years of service to Chinese enterprises in America.

Greenberg is chairman and CEO of insurers C. V. Starr & Co. Inc. and Starr International USA Inc., collectively known as Starr Companies.

Des Moines, Iowa-based independent insurance brokerage Holmes Murphy & Associates named Daniel T. Keough as CEO and Dennis Bishop as president, effective Jan. 1, 2012. Jim Swift will maintain his role as chairman.

Keough will oversee the strength and stability of Holmes Murphy while leading the company’s strategies. He will also direct the company’s northern region divisions.

Bishop will support company objectives and best practices, and oversee Holmes Murphy’s southern region divisions.

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater has named Daniel Anderson to serve as the state’s lead insurance fraud investigator.

Anderson will direct the state’s Division of Insurance Fraud, where he will oversee 155 sworn law enforcement officers, managers and administrators. He will also supervise 48 non-sworn civilian support staff. The division made more than 1,000 fraud-related arrests in the last year. Anderson comes to the division after a 25-year career with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

Marsh & McLennan Agency, a subsidiary of insurance broker Marsh Inc., appointed John Sames as regional executive vice president of its New York City and Milford, Conn., offices.

Sames has more than 25 years of experience in the insurance brokerage industry. Most recently, he was president of the Washington, D.C., metro office of USI Holdings.

Global insurer and reinsurer XL Group plc picked Greg Hendrick to lead its insurance segment, effective Jan. 1, 2012. Hendrick, XL’s executive vice president for strategic growth, replaces current CEO Dave Duclos, who retires Dec. 31, 2011.

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