January 10, 2010

The board of directors of the American Academy of Actuaries has elected Mary Frances Miller as the organization’s president-elect. Miller will succeed Ken Hohman as president for the 2010-2011 term.

Miller is a consulting actuary with Select Actuarial Services in Nashville, Tenn. As the president-elect, she will be a member of the American Academy of Actuaries board of directors and Executive Committee, and she will lead its Strategic Planning Committee. She previously served on the American Academy of Actuaries board of directors from 2002 to 2004 during her tenure as president-elect and president of the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS).

Workers’ compensation provider Key Risk has named Anne Myers as senior vice president, regional director for the Carolinas. Myers will be responsible for the overall profitability and growth of her territory, including the quality of service delivered by underwriting, loss control, claims management, and client services to Key Risk’s agents and their clients. Myers offers 25 years of experience in the insurance industry, with the last 15 years devoted to the workers compensation market. Key Risk operates in the eastern U.S. and is a member company of W. R. Berkley Corp.

Ryan W. Ball has joined North Carolina insurance agency TriSure as an account executive in the firm’s property/casualty insurance division. In his new capacity at TriSure, Ball will focus on risk management and loss control for new commercial clients. Ball brings to the Raleigh firm more than 10 years of experience in financial services, including mutual fund, life insurance, health insurance and annuities sales.

Robert H. Pittinger has been appointed director of underwriting AXA Art Insurance Corp. Pittinger brings more than 30 years of experience in broker relationship management and best practice accountabilities in assessing and underwriting both commercial and personal insurance risks. He joins AXA Art from Chartis, (formerly AIG), where he served as liaison to the company’s foreign field offices – and most recently, as vice president of product development.

Steven D. Carroll, Robert Jarratt and Michael H. Lee have been elected as the newest members of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America’s (PCI) board of governors.

Carroll serves as executive vice president and general manager, North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co. He began his career with NCFB as a farm underwriter and has held positions of commercial lines underwriting supervisor, personal lines underwriting manager, and assistant general manager and senior executive of administrative services, personnel and underwriting prior to being named to his current position in June 2005.

Jarratt has been executive vice president and CEO of Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Co. since 1986. He was executive vice president and CEO for Mississippi Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Co. prior to his current position.

Lee is chairman of the board of directors, president and CEO at Tower Group Inc. Lee has also served as chairman, president and CEO of CastlePoint Holdings Ltd. from its formation in 2006.

Insurance holding company W. R. Berkley Corp. has named W. Robert Berkley Jr. as president and chief operating officer of the company. Berkley will manage all of the company’s operating units, adding oversight of the company’s reinsurance and international segments to his current responsibilities. He has been responsible for the oversight of the domestic insurance operations, including its specialty, regional and alternative markets businesses, since 2005.

Berkley joined W. R. Berkley Corp. in 1997 and has served as its executive vice president since August 2005. In addition, he has served on the board of directors since his election in 2001. Before joining W. R. Berkley Corp., Berkley worked as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch & Co. William R. Berkley is founder of the company and chairman and CEO.

The Professional Liability Underwriting Society has honored Corbette S. Doyle with its 2009 PLUS1 Award. Doyle, who is a lecturer in Leadership, Policy and Organizations at Vanderbilt University, received the award for her contributions to the advancement and image of the professional liability industry. An active consultant, speaker and writer, Doyle has more than 100 speeches, articles and book chapters to her credit. She spent 15 years at Aon, where she was recruited to start a company-wide healthcare industry practice. In 2004, she was promoted to executive vice president of Aon Risk Services with responsibility for a dozen industry practices. In 2006, Aon asked her to become its first-ever chief diversity officer and oversee efforts to enhance Aon’s ability to attract, retain and promote a more diverse workforce.

She’s also held positions at Willis and Utica National Insurance Co.

In 2006, The Association of Professional Insurance Women named her the Insurance Woman of the Year.

Global professional services firm Towers Perrin has named Steve Levene practice leader for its retail insurance brokerage business. Levene’s responsibilities will include strategic risk management programs for corporate and public entity clients. He is based in the firm’s Stamford, Conn. office. Levene was most recently a managing director of Beecher Carlson. He has also held executive positions at Lockton, Marsh and Sedgwick. He began his career as an underwriter with Crum and Forster.

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