February 22, 2009

American International Group (AIG) named Peter Eastwood president and CEO of Lexington Insurance Co., a unit of AIG Commercial Insurance. Eastwood assumes management responsibility for Lexington from Kevin H. Kelley, who has left the company. Eastwood joined AIG in 1991 serving in senior management positions within AIG Executive Liability, AIG Risk Finance, AIG Reinsurance Advisors and Lexington Insurance Co., including division vice president of commercial directors and officers liability insurance, executive vice president and chief operating officer of AIG Risk Finance and president of AIG’s Risk Specialist Companies.

Ironshore Inc. named Kevin H. Kelley CEO. Kelley has been the longtime CEO of Lexington Insurance Co. Ironshore was formed in 2006 and writes property catastrophe and property all-risk coverage for small- to mid-sized commercial risks. Bob Deutsch, the company’s founding CEO, will become Ironshore’s president.

Juan Andrade and Jonathan Bennett were named interim co-leads of the property and casualty operations of The Hartford.

Their appointment to those interim positions follows the departure of Neil Wolin, president and chief operating officer of the property and casualty operations, who has accepted a position in the White House as deputy counsel to the President for economic policy and deputy assistant to the President.

Andrade is executive vice president of sales and distribution for property and casualty. He joined The Hartford in 2006 when he assumed leadership of the P/C claims organization. Prior to joining The Hartford, he held several leadership positions with The Progressive Corp., and also held management positions with American International Group.

Bennett is executive vice president of personal lines and small business insurance. Bennett joined The Hartford in 1999 as staff assistant to Ayer. He has since served in several leadership roles at the company, including vice president of corporate development, head of the eBusiness Ventures Team, and senior vice president of product management for the personal lines division. He was promoted to his current role in 2005.

Aon Corp. President and CEO Gregory C. Case was named “2008 Insurance Leader of the Year” by St. John’s University School of Risk Management. The award, which has been presented annually since 1995, recognizes the outstanding contributions of individuals whose leadership in the worldwide insurance and financial services industry sets them apart from their peers. Last year’s recipient was James J. Schiro, CEO of Zurich Financial Services

Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. named Eleanor Barnard chief distribution, sales and marketing officer.

Barnard has been working as an advisor to Fireman’s Fund for the past several months. She has distribution, sales, marketing and general management experience in the property and casualty insurance industry. Most recently, she was chief marketing officer and head of distribution for Zurich North America. She also has held senior positions at Safeco Insurance, where she was senior vice president for sales and distribution, and at CAN, where she was senior vice president of sales and marketing. In addition, Barnard was president of Hilb Rogal and Hamilton Co.’s New Jersey operation.

Randy Farless has accepted the newly created position of senior vice president for sales operations and marketing.

W.R. Berkley affiliate, Nautilus Insurance Group of Scottsdale, Ariz., promoted Kellie Barwick and Kimberly R. Levensky to vice presidents-claims.

Barwick has been with Nautilus Insurance Group for 15 years and has served as assistant vice president-claims since January 2004. Her previous work includes direct claims handling and supervisory positions. She has more than 23 years of insurance industry experience.

Levensky began her career with Nautilus Insurance Group in October 1995, and has held technical and managerial positions within the claims department, including assistant vice president-claims since January 2005. Prior to joining Nautilus, she worked as a paralegal, claims technician and regional claims manager for another insurance company. Levensky has 20 years of insurance industry experience.

Modern Insurance Consultants, a joint venture between Rockwood Programs and Modern Insurance of Florida, named Mark Lann president and CEO.

The operation will be located in Homestead, Fla., and will focus on errors and omissions insurance for insurance agents, insurance companies and miscellaneous professional liability classes.

Atlanta-based Beecher Carlson expanded its National Property Practice, adding of four industry professionals in the company’s corporate office in Atlanta. The new team members include Cliff Simpson, Joel Troisi, Michael White and Sarah Waite.

Simpson will be senior managing director of Beecher Carlson’s National Property Practice. He will lead the Practice nationally. He has 16 years of industry experience.

Troisi will be managing director. Prior to joining Beecher Carlson, Troisi was managing director of the Southern U.S. Complex Property Group for Willis HRH.

White will serve as managing director. Prior to joining Beecher Carlson, White was complex property marketing manger, midwest region, for Willis HRH.

Waite will be assistant vice president, where she will be responsible for client satisfaction and retention, account management, and the support of new business production. Prior to joining Beecher Carlson, Waite was property broker for Willis HRH.

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