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November 14, 2010

Connecticut-based managing general agency Business Risk Partners has named Mark Bradway as director of broker relations. He has worked in specialty liability for over a decade. He began his career at wholesale broker Swett & Crawford in Los Angeles specializing in professional and management liability products. For the last four years, he produced for Pacific Wholesale Insurance Brokers in New York City.

Pennsylvania-based wholesaler USG Insurance Services has hired James Budd as an underwriter and broker in its Canonsburg office. Budd, a 30-year industry veteran, most recently served as senior account executive with DVUA. He has also held positions with Transamerica, PMA Group and The Hartford.

New Jersey-based insurance wholesaler Crump has hired Adam Kagan as chief market relations officer. He will work with Crump’s wholesale and specialty programs units to develop and expand carrier relationships. He joins Crump following 17 years with Marsh, where he was managing director-market relationship leader for several years. He also held senior management roles with Johnson & Higgins and in underwriting with Arkwright Mutual Insurance Co., which is now FM Global.

Connecticut-based E&S broker S.H. Smith & Co. has named Todd Nielsen vice president of its professional and management liability department and head of the firm’s new Rhode Island office. Nielsen will focus on coverage for financial institutions, specifically banks, insurance companies, investment advisers, venture capitalists, private equity firms and hedge/mutual funds. Nielsen most recently served as a financial institutions underwriter at Chubb. He began his insurance career at Marsh.

Insurer Ace has appointed Karen Griswold as senior vice president of its Commercial Marine unit. Griswold, based in Philadelphia, will manage all aspects of Ace’s Commercial Marine business in the United States. She is a 20-year veteran of the insurance industry, having joined Ace in 1999. She most recently served as vice president of Ace Commercial Marine. Prior to her tenure with ACE, she served as assistant vice president in CNA’s Commercial Ocean Marine Group.

New Jersey-based insurer Chubb recently announced several management appointments, effective Jan. 1, 2011. Paul J. Krump, currently executive vice president and chief underwriting officer, will become president of Commercial and Specialty Lines. He will also assume direct responsibility for the Accident business. Dino E. Robusto, currently executive vice president and chief administrative officer, will become president of Personal Lines and Claims. He will also continue to oversee Information Technologies, Communications, Corporate Development and Innovation. Harold L. Morrison, executive vice president and chief global field officer, will continue in that role and assume the additional title of chief administrative officer, in which capacity he will supervise Human Resources and Administrative Services.

Insurer CNA has appointed Denise Granlun as business development leader for the insurer’s Philadelphia territory. She joins CNA with 25 years of property and casualty insurance marketing, underwriting and leadership experience. She began her career serving in sales and marketing roles for several major insurance carriers, and progressed into roles of increasing responsibility. She most recently held management positions for PMA Cos. Granlun will support CNA’s goals to build more effective organizational sales discipline and competency, and stronger engagement with its producers. She will be located in CNA’s Philadelphia branch and will also support operations in its Reading and Pittsburgh branches.

U.K.-based specialty insurer Torus appointed Catherine Miller to head of E&S General Property. Based in Jersey City, Miller will manage general property business written through wholesale brokers throughout the United States. Miller, a 15-year industry veteran, joined Torus’ General Property team in early 2009 as vice president, senior underwriter. She held previous positions with Lexington, FM Global and XL Insurance.

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