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May 4, 2009

Joseph Tracy was named president of Travelers Inland Marine business unit. Tracy, who joined Travelers in 2006, most recently served as chief underwriting officer for the Inland Marine business unit. He previously was the head of OneBeacon Insurance’s Inland Marine operations. He also has held positions with the Chubb Group of Insurance Cos. and Kemper Insurance Cos. He succeeds Richard Rowley, who founded Travelers Inland Marine in 1982. Rowley will continue as a senior adviser with the organization.

New York-based brokerage Marsh & McLennan Cos. has named William Krivoshik chief information officer and senior vice president. In the newly created position, he will oversee MMC’s technology strategy and architecture. Krivoshik most recently served as the chief technology officer at Thomson Financial, where he oversaw technology and information operations globally. He has also held senior technology positions with Citigroup, Travelers and American International Group, where he was chief information officer.

Der Manouel Insurance & Financial Services announced that Jim Gibbs and Guy Newman have joined the commercial lines unit as risk consultants.

Gibbs brings 30 years experience to the agency and will work on developing middle market commercial account opportunities in construction, real estate and bonding. He has previously held positions with Aetna Life and Casualty and was principal of Lundberg Insurance. He specializes in construction, real estate and bonding accounts.

Newman will lead the agency’s agriculture practice and will provide sales and operational experience. He began his career in 1971 with Industrial Indemnity/Crum & Forster Insurance Co. He formed his own brokerage firm in 1981, and joined Lundberg & Associates, the predecessor of Hilb Rogal & Hobbs, in 1983. He was president of HRH’s Central Valley operations from 2001 to 2008. He joined Der Manouel Insurance Group in April 2009. He specializes in agribusiness, food processing manufacturing and group associations.

Greg Gordon also joined Der Manouel Insurance Group to lead the Agribusiness practice. Gordon began his insurance career in the 1970s in central California. In 1979, he purchased an agency in Dinuba, Calif., which merged with Hilb Rogal & Hobbs (HRH) in 1983. He started his own agency in New York in 1993, and in 2000, returned to California to rejoin HRH. He specializes in agribusiness, manufacturing and institutional accounts.

The employee benefits department of United Risk Solutions Inc. expanded into Portland, Ore., and hired Jeff Akers as employee benefits consultant. Akers brings 20 years experience in employee benefits to his new position. Prior to joining United Risk, he was director of sales and account services for The ODS Companies in Portland. Previous positions include vice president of sales and marketing at Complementary Healthcare Plans, and sales and management roles at Providence Health Plans, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon and Regence Life and Health.

In addition, United Risk Solutions also named Nancy Parsons Patterson accounting manager, responsible for managing all accounting functions including payroll, accounts payable and receivable, and 401(K) administration. Patterson has more than nine years experience in the insurance field, including insurance accounting. Since early 2008, she was personal lines account manager at United Risk, and previously held account manager positions at several local insurance agencies, including Western States Insurance.

Bermuda-based Everest Re Group appointed Mark Herman president of its newly created Everest Specialty Underwriters. The new division is based in New York and will focus on the professional lines markets, specifically directors and officers and errors and omissions products for the primary insurance market. Herman joins Everest from Valiant Insurance Group, where he served as non-executive chairman. Prior to that he was co-president of Ariel Holdings Ltd., and before that he was president and CEO of ACE Bermuda.

Aon Global Risk Consulting appointed Graham Heath director of Risk Control UK to help UK corporate clients to improve their business performance through effective management of their risks. Heath will support the firm’s retail broking teams in promoting and delivering risk management services as component of Aon’s overall proposition for clients. Heath has over 20 years of management experience within the insurance industry. He was previously managing director of his own company, Calculated Risks Ltd. Prior to that, he was also responsible for setting up Norwich Union Risk Services.

Swett & Crawford appointed Robert Peterson program manager for a new product, the Swett & Crawford Program for Contractors Auto, to be marketed with its carrier partner, Travelers Companies Inc. This newest collaboration with Travelers combines automobile products, loss control, claims management and financial strength with the company’s experience in automobile underwriting.

Before joining Swett & Crawford, Peterson worked with Crum & Forster in San Francisco as special accounts underwriting manager, where he managed a $17 million book of large account workers’ compensation business. His focus was exclusively on accounts with loss pick of $750,000 or more.

Peterson previously has worked for General Reinsurance Corp. in San Francisco, PAUSE Services LLC and later ACE USA as assistant vice president and public entity underwriter handling excess liability for cities, counties, pools, special districts and non-profit agencies. He also previously served in the U.S. Navy Reserve retiring with the rank of Captain.

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