Insurance Journal » People http://www.insurancejournal.com Insurance Journal delivers the latest business news for the Property/Casualty insurance industry Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:51:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Stone Creek in California Brings on Pickens and Lazar http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/10/01/342201.htm Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:35:28 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342201 Stone Creek Insurance Agency in Lafayette, Calif. has hired Mia Pickens and George Lazar to help increase personal lines revenue and service. Pickens will serve as the personal lines account manager. Her main role will be to re-quote and maintain …

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Driscol, Casey Join HNI as Account Managers in Michigan http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/10/01/342181.htm Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:00:23 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342181 New Berlin, Wis.-based independent insurance broker, HNI, announced the addition of Heidi Driscol and Sean Casey as account managers in the company’s Grand Rapids, Mich., office. As account managers, Driscol and Casey are day-to-day contacts for HNI clients. Source: HNI

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Penn National Appoints Brandon as Executive VP, COO http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/10/01/342158.htm Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:58:59 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342158 Penn National Insurance in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, announced that Robert Brandon has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer, responsible for the insurance operations of the company. Brandon’s promotion becomes effective Dec. 31., when Christine Sears, executive vice president …

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West Virginia Names Fire Marshal http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/10/01/342133.htm Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:34:39 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342133 Anthony Carrico has been appointed as West Virginia’s state fire marshal. The West Virginia Fire Commission selected Carrico to succeed Sterling Lewis Jr. Carrico has been serving as acting state fire marshal since Lewis retired in April 2013. His appointment …

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Nehra Joins Starr Companies to Lead Political Risk Group http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/10/01/342120.htm Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:45:32 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342120 Rashmi Nehra has joined Starr Companies in New York as a practice leader managing its Political Risk group. She will report to Alex Pittignano, senior vice president of Political Risk. She joins as Starr continues to expand its insurance offerings …

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Schumacher Appointed CFO at SI Re http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2014/10/01/342036.htm Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:30:58 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342036 Signal Iduna Reinsurance AG (SI Re), a Swiss reinsurer based in Zug, Switzerland, has appointed Patrick Schumacher as its new chief financial officer and member of the executive team. Schumacher succeeds Beat Landtwing, former CFO of SI Re, who retired after …

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Markel Promotes Swanson in Product Line Leadership Team http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/09/30/342007.htm Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:58:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342007 Markel Corporation in Glen Allen, Virginia, promoted Rebecca Swanson to managing director, Miscellaneous Errors & Omissions/Information Technology/Data Breach for its product line leadership team. Swanson has been with Markel for 18 years, with extensive experience in professional liability underwriting. She …

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Marsh & McLennan Names McGivney Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/09/30/342009.htm Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:58:30 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=342009 Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc. announced that Mark McGivney will become senior vice president, Corporate Finance, reporting to Chief Financial Officer Mike Bischoff, effective October 1. McGivney will be responsible for overseeing the Corporate Development, Investor Relations, and Treasury functions. …

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Andy Weitz Joins Aon as SVP of Global Marketing & Communications http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2014/09/30/341980.htm Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:02:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341980 Aon plc announced that Andy Weitz, 37, will become senior vice president of global marketing and communications on October 1st. Weitz was most recently president and CEO of the U.S. region for Hill + Knowlton Strategies, a global business advisory …

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XL Group Adds Smelser to North America Property Team in Dallas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/30/341992.htm Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:02:16 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341992 XL Group announced the addition of Jay E. Smelser to its North America property insurance team as South Central regional leader, based in Dallas. Smelser reports to Senior Vice President and Head of North America General Property Wade Pitman in Los Angeles. Smelser …

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Employers Names Hulse Vice President, Western U.S. Sales http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/09/30/341977.htm Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:41:25 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341977 Reno, Nev.-based Employers has named Kimberly K. Hulse vice president of regional sales for its Western region. Hulse will be based out of EMPLOYERS’ headquarters in Reno, Nevada.  She will work under the direction of the senior vice president and …

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North Carolina Big ‘I’ Names Georgia’s Knight As CEO http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/30/341964.htm Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:59:18 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341964 The Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina (IANC) has named Aubie W. Knight as  its new chief executive officer. Knight, currently CEO of a neighboring Big “I” association, the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia (IIAG), will join the IIANC staff …

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Appointment to Help ACE Grow German Surety Business http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2014/09/30/341960.htm Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:10:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341960 ACE Group has appointed Charles Villette as surety underwriting manager in Germany, as it expands its surety capabilities in Europe’s biggest economy. Villette has more than ten years of insurance industry and surety experience and joins ACE from a major …

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Rachel Cotton Appointed Real Estate Director at RSA http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/international/2014/09/30/341957.htm Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:37:46 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341957 RSA, the London-based insurer, has appointed Rachel Cotton as real estate director for RSA’s Risk Managed Business. Cotton has worked at RSA for over 25 years across a variety of areas including technical and specialist claims, sales and marketing for small …

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Welch to Retire as President/CEO at Grange Insurance; Ammendola to Assume the Posts http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/29/341879.htm Mon, 29 Sep 2014 15:26:34 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341879 Tom Welch, president and CEO of Columbus, Ohio-based Grange Insurance, has announced that he will retire as of January 2015. The company’s board of directors has elected John Ammendola, executive vice president and chief property and casualty officer, to assume …

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California’s State Fund Names Guastamachio Chief Financial Officer http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/09/26/341797.htm Fri, 26 Sep 2014 18:38:02 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341797 California’s State Compensation Insurance Fund has appointed Peter Guastamachio as its chief financial officer. Guastamachio had been acting CFO since November 2013, and also serves as chief investment officer. As CFO, Guastamachio will direct all of State Fund’s financial policies—including financial forecasting, accounting, …

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Liberty Mutual Names Sellers As Southeast Manager for National Property http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/26/341730.htm Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:58:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341730 Liberty Mutual Insurance’s National Accounts Property operation has appointed C. Wesley Sellers as Southeast division manager. Sellers, who is based in Atlanta, has 25 years of experience in the property insurance industry, most recently as vice president, Southeast property underwriting, …

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Lahn to Lead Grinnell Mutual’s Legal Division http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/25/341666.htm Thu, 25 Sep 2014 23:48:43 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341666 Pete Lahn has been appointed senior vice president of legal, secretary and general counsel for Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co.,  in Grinnell, Iowa. The appointment is effective Dec. 19, 2014. Lahn brings more than 25 years of legal and property/casualty experience to …

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Burnham Benefits Adds Garcia to Its San Francisco Team http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2014/09/25/341664.htm Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:16:06 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341664 Burnham Benefits Insurance Services Inc. has named Adele Garcia a senior account executive in its San Francisco Bay area office. Garcia will consult with Burnham clients to help them educate, instruct and engage employees on wellness initiatives and efficient management …

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PCI Lobbyist Brown to Join Florida Law Firm Colodny, Fass http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/25/341634.htm Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:57:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341634 Attorney G. Donovan Brown, Southeast state government relations counsel for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI), is joining the well-connected Tallahassee law firm of Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb as a partner, the firm announced today. …

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Willis North America Adds Bur as Producer, VP in Kansas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/25/341612.htm Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:29:50 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341612 Willis North America, a unit of Willis Group Holdings, the global risk advisor, insurance and reinsurance broker, has appointed Kevin Bur as producer and vice president at Willis of Greater Kansas Inc. Bur will be responsible for business development within …

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Clark Insurance Adds New Employees in Portland, Maine, Office http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/09/25/341604.htm Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:29:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341604 Clark Insurance, an employee-owned independent insurance agency with offices in Maine and New Hampshire, announced the following new employees in its Portland, Maine, office. Pamela Cyr will serve as an account manager in the Business Services Department. She has more …

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Aon’s Evans Joins Wells Fargo Insurance for National, International Sales http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/09/25/341586.htm Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:26:52 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341586 Wells Fargo Insurance has named Alejandra (Alex) Evans as senior vice president for its Risk Management and International business. Evans is responsible for collaborating with national and regional sales leadership and partners within Wells Fargo’s Corporate Banking group to develop …

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GNY Insurance Cos.’ Heck to Retire; Daughter to Succeed Him As CEO http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/09/25/341580.htm Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:20:12 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341580 Warren Heck, the long-time leader of GNY Insurance Companies, plans to retire at the end of 2014. He’ll remain at the insurer as non-executive chairman. His daughter, Elizabeth Heck, currently president and chief operating officer, will replace him as CEO. …

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Western National’s Henderson Assumes NAMIC Chairmanship http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/09/24/341524.htm Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:47:26 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341524 Stuart Henderson, president and CEO of Western National Insurance Group in Edina, Minn., assumed the chairmanship of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) at its annual meeting of members today with a message about why he thinks insurers …

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Ballinger to Retire from Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southcentral/2014/09/24/341526.htm Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:39:51 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341526 The board of directors of the Surplus Lines Stamping Office of Texas (SLSOT) announced the retirement of Philip R. Ballinger as executive director after 22 years of distinguished service. He will remain in the post until Jan. 2, 2015. Ballinger joined the Surplus …

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NAMIC Honors 5 P/C Executives with Service Awards http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/09/24/341502.htm Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:44:37 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341502 The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies recognized five individuals today for their service to the property/casualty insurance industry. Receiving the NAMIC Service Award at the association’s 119th Annual Convention in National Harbor, Md., were Jack Armstrong, Liberty Mutual Insurance …

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Hub Southeast Names Love President for Employee benefits http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/southeast/2014/09/23/341444.htm Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:38:00 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341444 Insurance broker Hub International Southeast has named Tim Love as president, Employee Benefits, responsible for overseeing employee benefits product and service offerings for Carolina and Florida. Love will be based in the Clearwater, Florida office. Love has 20 years of …

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Crystal & Co. Appoints Hope as Family Enterprise Risk Practice Director http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2014/09/23/341434.htm Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:58:01 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341434 Crystal & Company, a strategic risk and insurance advisor, has appointed Kathy Hope as director within the firm’s Family Enterprise Risk Practice. Reporting to Linda Bourn, Hope’s role is a senior addition to the Family Enterprise Risk team. She is …

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Taiym Joins Michigan’s Accident Fund Holdings as CIO http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/midwest/2014/09/23/341426.htm Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:51:13 +0000 http://www.insurancejournal.com/?p=341426 Lansing, Mich.-based Accident Fund Holdings Inc. has hired Said Taiym as chief information officer. Taiym joins the holding company’s executive team and will be responsible for overseeing information technology solutions across the enterprise. Taiym brings 15 years of experience in technology …

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