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April 20, 2009

New York-based Delos Insurance Group has named Alex A. Hammett senior vice president and chief actuary. In his new role, Hammett will oversee all actuarial functions within Delos, which specializes in program business insurance. Hammett has over 15 years of experience in the insurance industry and has held a variety of pricing and reserving roles for all major lines during that time. He most recently served as senior vice president with Arch Insurance, where he led the effort to build the corporate actuarial department and the enterprise risk management modeling framework. He has also held previous positions with PricewaterhouseCoopers and CIGNA in various pricing and reserving actuarial roles.

Chris Hall has been appointed chief financial officer at Quincy, Massachusetts-based Arbella Insurance Group. Prior to this promotion, Hall played a leadership role in developing a more sophisticated expense management system and long-term planning procedures at Arbella. Hall joined the company in 2006, after serving as vice president in the Financial Institutions Group at Moody’s in New York. Prior to that, he worked with auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers for 13 years.

The Association of Professional Insurance Women Inc. (APIW) has selected Chubb Group Executive Vice President Janice Tomlinson as its “Insurance Woman of the Year.” Tomlinson, who has been employed by Chubb since 1973, serves as international field operations manager at the insurer. She is responsible for profit and loss on a $2.9 billion book of business in 28 countries and oversees more than 50 offices and 2,500 employees. Prior to her current position, Tomlinson was the chairman and president of Chubb’s Canadian business operations from 1995 to 2003. The annual APIW Insurance Woman of the Year Award, first presented in 1976, recognizes an exceptional woman who has achieved prominence in her profession and has made significant contributions to the insurance industry. A cocktail reception and award ceremony will be held in Tomlinson’s honor in June in New York

The Main Street America Group has appointed Ron James as chief information officer and vice president of information technology. James, who is based in the company’s headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida, joined Main Street America in November 2008 as interim chief information officer. He has more than 30 years of experience heading information technology operations at leading property-casualty companies. Prior to joining Main Street America, James led his own consulting firm, James Group LLC. He previously served as vice president and global account executive at Computer Sciences Corp., where he oversaw the AON account. He has also held executive level positions at Zurich Financial Services and Harleysville Insurance Group.

In addition, the company also named Jeff Price as assistant secretary director, claims field. Price is based out of the property/casualty insurance carrier’s Richmond, Va., regional office and manages six Main Street America casualty units that are located in Richmond, Jacksonville, Fla., and Syracuse, N.Y. In his role as a field director, Price oversees corporate claims administration, regional quality standards, customer service processes and execution of our defined culture. Price joined Jacksonville, Fla.-headquartered Main Street America in 2001 as a regional casualty claims manager and was promoted to his current position in 2006. Prior to joining Main Street America, Price was a claims manager at One Beacon Insurance in Syracuse, N.Y. His industry experience also includes a claim representative role at Allstate Insurance Co. in Melville, N.Y.

Mike Kerner has been named chief executive officer of Zurich’s Global Corporate in North America business unit. In his new position, which is effective June 1, he will oversee all Global Corporate business in North America. The 43-year-old currently serves as global chief underwriting officer and head of group strategy in Zurich, where he led the establishment of sophisticated pricing and risk selection methodologies and helped drive the development and implementation of the group’s strategy. Kerner has served in a number of senior roles with the Zurich Financial Services Group and with Zurich North America Commercial since 1992. He has extensive experience in underwriting, actuarial, operations, finance and reinsurance. Kerner replaces Mario Vitale, CEO of Global Corporate, who had been serving on an interim basis.

Nautilus Insurance Group named Thomas Miali as assistant vice president-property underwriting. Miali joins Nautilus from a reinsurance company where he served as vice president. His background includes managerial positions specializing in property underwriting for both primary and reinsurance companies. He has over 30 years of experience with excess and surplus lines, individual risk underwriting, programs, training and development and marketing. Nautilus Insurance Group, comprised of Nautilus Insurance Co. and Great Divide Insurance Co., member companies of W. R. Berkley Corp., writes excess and surplus (E&S) and specialty lines coverage in the United States.

Mike Grushon of Thomas & Grushon Agency in Bellbrook, Ohio, was honored by the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents (PIA) with the 2009 PIA National Professional Agent of the Year Award. Grushon received recognition during PIA National’s Awards Luncheon earlier this year.

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