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October 19, 2009

Brian Duperreault, president and CEO of Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc., has extended his employment with MMC through January 2014. Duperreault has held this position since January 2008. Prior to joining MMC, Duperreault served as CEO and later chairman of ACE Ltd., and in senior executive positions with American International Group.

Ward Morse has been named vice president and producer of Willis’ Georgia Employee Benefits Practice in Atlanta. He will be responsible for new business activity and sales for the insurance broker, and will report to Chris Panettiere, the company’s Retail Employee Benefits Practice Leader in Georgia.

Willis said Morse’s appointment is part of Willis’ strategy to grow its client base among companies with 100 to 500 employees.

Morse joins Willis from Mercer where he was a producer concentrating on client companies ranging in size from 50 to 500 employees. He began his career as an underwriter for Prudential HealthCare in Atlanta, where he also held positions in the Group Health Division.

Perry Grant has joined the insurance agency network The Iroquois Group as a regional manager to serve member agents in Alabama and Mississippi. Grant brings 30 years experience in property/casualty insurance in Alabama and Mississippi, having spent most of his career in underwriting and marketing positions with Travelers, CNA and Hanover. He was most recently with the workers’ compensation carrier, FFVA.

Unisource Program Administrators (UPA), a workers’ compensation wholesaler, has expanded services to all 50 states.

In addition, the company named Barbara Drollinger, a 20-year workers’ compensation expert, vice president of strategic relations. Drollinger previously served as vice president of insurance operations for CompSource Oklahoma. She launched the company’s agent program.

UPA is headquartered in Oklahoma City, with a processing office Sarasota, Fla.

Charlotte, N.C.-based specialty insurance broker AmWINS Group, Inc. has named Ben Francavilla as president of AmWINS Program Underwriters (APU).

In this role, Francavilla will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of APU, a managing general agency specializing in affinity and program management. Based in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, APU administers more than 20 programs generating in excess of $110 million in premium, according to the firm.

Francavilla joined APU in 1993 and most recently served as its senior managing director as well as director of program development for AmWINS’ underwriting division.

Francavilla succeeds Larry Bitner who recently announced his retirement after serving as president of APU for 10 years.

Mike Tully has joined the team of Lassiter Ware Insurance in the Maitland, Fla., office as a commercial insurance consultant, specializing in technology, medical/life sciences and recycling. Lassiter Ware has offices in Leesburg, Maitland, Tampa, Jacksonville, Ocala and The Villages.

Stephen Whelan has been named vice president of commercial and financial risks for the The Hartford Financial Services Group’s Hartford Financial Products (HFP) division. In this newly created position, Whelan will oversee HFP’s entire domestic insurance portfolio for larger risks, including commercial, financial services, diversified, REIT and transactional risk accounts.

Whelan joins The Hartford from American International Group, where he served in a number of roles of increasing responsibility, including, most recently, executive vice president and senior regional executive in AIG’s executive liability area.

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