People – West

February 22, 2016

Hub International Ltd. named Sara Owens senior vice president of engagement.

Owens will be responsible for engaging key constituents of Hub’s Los Angeles, Calif., operation.

She will report to Andrew Forchelli, regional president of Hub International Los Angeles.

Owens was a vice president at Hub.

Chicago, Ill.-based Hub is an insurance brokerage that provides property/casualty, life and health, employee benefits, investment and risk management products and services.

William Guthrie was named chief risk officer, and Melissa Kaufman was named vice president of product development of Menlo Park, Calif.-based Pacific Specialty Insurance Co.

Pacific Specialty is part of the McGraw Group of Cos.

Guthrie is responsible for risk management operations. He will also continue to have oversight of the research and development department as well as McGraw Powersports.

Kaufman is responsible for the development, maintenance and profitability of Pacific Specialty’s personal lines insurance programs.

Guthrie was previously senior vice president of product development.

Kaufman was formerly director of product development. Prior to Pacific Specialty she was with the law firm of Roger, Scott & Helmer. Prior to that she was counsel for Safeco Insurance Co.

Pacific Specialty sells a variety of products, including property, powersports and liability.

Gov. Doug Ducey appointed Leslie Hess as the interim director of the Arizona Department of Insurance.

Hess has worked in the insurance and financial services industries for more than 25 years. Hess was with the Department of Insurance for 12 years as deputy receiver and legal advisor. She was with the Arizona Legislative Council and worked for the Arizona Corporation Commission, Securities Division in legal counsel positions.

Hess worked for both Merrill Lynch and Bear Stearns in New York. Most recently, Hess was the director of compliance and corporate secretary for Oxford Life Insurance Co. and its subsidiaries.

Ellen Sims Langille was named general counsel of the California Workers’ Compensation Institute.

Langille will manage the CWCI’s internal and external legal affairs. She will also serve as staff liaison to the legal committee, which directs CWCI’s amicus activities.

Langille is currently a partner at the defense firm of Finnegan, Marks, Theofel & Desmond in San Francisco.She has served as amicus counsel for the CWCI and other organizations in a number of cases, including Angelotti Chiropractic v. Baker; Dubon v. World Restoration; Brodie v. WCAB; Lockheed Martin v. WCAB; Stuart v. WCAB; and Avalon Bay Foods v. WCAB (Moore).

Alliant Insurance Services Inc. named Michael Heffernan executive vice president in its construction services group.

Heffernan will be responsible for Alliant’s construction operations in San Jose, Calif.

Heffernan has more than 25 years of risk management experience. Prior to Alliant Heffernan was an executive vice president at a global retail broker.

Newport Beach-based Alliant provides property/casualty, workers’ compensation, employee benefits, surety and financial products and services.

Walnut Creek, Calif.-based Heffernan Insurance Brokers named Christopher Dewey vice president.

Dewey joined Heffernan in 2008 in the small business division, and was promoted to Heffernan’s large commercial division in 2009.

Heffernan has California offices in San Francisco, Petaluma, Menlo Park, Los Angeles and Orange County, and in Portland, Ore., St. Louis, Mo., Long Island and New York.

Reno, Nev.-based LP Insurance Services Inc. has named Lindsay Minor chief marketing officer.

Minor will support offices in marketing and community efforts.

Minor was most recently the company’s strategic communications manager.

LP Insurance is a risk management and commercial insurance brokerage firm.

EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants has named Joshua Allen Western region risk management loss control specialist.

Allen will be based in EPIC’s Concord, Calif., office and report to Marianne Schleicher, chief operating officer of the Bay area region. He is responsible for providing safety management and loss control services to EPIC’s larger, more complex risk management clients.

Allen has more than 10 years of safety and loss control experience. He comes from the Hartford.

EPIC is retail property/casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm.

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