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December 5, 2010

Aon Corp. reported that Andrew Appel, the firm’s chief operating officer, will be leaving the company at the end of the year. The company said there are no plans to fill the position upon Appel’s departure.

Appel has held multiple roles in the firm over the past five years, including with Aon Consulting and Aon Benfield as chief executive officer, and more recently as chief operating officer of Aon.

Greg Case, Aon president and chief executive officer, said Appel is leaving the firm to pursue additional challenges.

Mary Frances Miller, a consulting actuary with Select Actuarial Services in Nashville, Tenn., is the new president of the American Academy of Actuaries. Miller, who has 20 years of actuarial experience, first 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). Miller has been a CAS delegate to various International Association of Actuaries committees since 2002 and has been the chairperson of its Education Committee since 2008. Miller also has served on numerous American Academy of Actuaries committees.

Ace USA, the U.S.-based retail operating division of the ACE Group, announced a new structure and senior leadership appointments. The structure consists of two zonal operations and a centralized complex risk unit for global property programs.

Kelley Kinsella and Brian Church have been appointed senior vice presidents and zonal executives. They will establish the unit’s overall strategic underwriting direction and drive portfolio management across the nine ACE USA regions. They also will oversee regional production plans, product sales, marketing and producer management, as well as staff management and general operations. Kinsella and Church will report to Paul McNamee, president, Property and Specialty Lines, North America.

In addition, Eric Stoer has been appointed senior vice president with responsibility for all complex multinational property programs, including fronted programs, property Cashflow (captive), and Controlled Master Programs (non-captive). He will be based in New York.

Based in Chicago, Kinsella’s responsibilities will include overseeing the Western Zone, including the Northwest, Western, Midwest, Southwest and Houston regions. With more than 25 years at ACE, Kinsella most recently served as senior vice president and chief operating officer for the ACE USA Midwest Region.

Based in New York City, Church will have responsibility for the Eastern Zone, encompassing the Northeast, New York, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. Church joined ACE in 2005, most recently serving as vice president and regional underwriting manager for ACE USA’s Southwest and Houston regions. Prior to his tenure with ACE, he was with Zurich Financial Services, C.V. Starr & Co., Inc., and Starr Technical Risks Agency, Inc.

Stoer brings 14 years of experience in the global property and marine arena to this new position. Having joined ACE in 2006, he most recently served as vice president, Global Account Manager for ACE USA Property and Specialty Lines. Prior to joining ACE, Stoer was with Zurich’s New York office and Aon Risk Services in its New York Global Business Unit.

Brad Smith has joined wholesale insurance broker Crump in its Memphis, Tennessee office as a broker. Smith joins Crump from South & Western General Agency, where he served as territory manager for Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Paul Halter has joined workers’ compensation specialist Patriot National Insurance Group as regional vice president of the newly created Southeast region. Halter will establish a Patriot National office in Charlotte, N.C. and will take responsibility for the states of Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Before joining Patriot National, Halter was with Atlas Insurance Management. He has also worked at Commerce Casualty Group, Crum & Forster and Marsh & McLennan.

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