December 3, 2018

Central Insurance Companies, headquartered in Van Wert, Ohio, promoted Angie Gibson to vice president of Customer Services.

She succeeds Cindy Hurless who has been appointed as Central’s chief operating officer.

Gibson started with Central during college, working part-time in the Mail and Supply Department and Home Office Claims Services before being hired full-time as an accounting examiner in the Financial Accounting Department. From there, she moved on to the roles of accounts receivable manager and then customer services manager. For the past year and a half, she has been the learning and organizational development manager.

Gibson is also a member of the Grand Lake Chapter of the CPCU Society and the local chapter of the International Association of Insurance Professionals. She holds the following insurance designations: Certified Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU); Associate in Management (AIM), Associate in Personal Insurance (API); Associate in General Insurance (AINS); and the Associate in Insurance Services (AIS).

Keystone Insurers Group (Keystone) appointed JoAnn Hartung as Wisconsin state vice president for the agency partnership organization.

Hartung has served multiple roles within the industry, most recently as regional agency manager for Western National Insurance Group, where she managed regional marketing and sales for Wisconsin and Southeast Minnesota.

She brings to the position experience in agency management, as well as the personal and commercial underwriting process.

Hartung, a resident of Nelson, Wisconsin, has earned industry designations as a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and as a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU).

Keystone started in 1983 and now has nearly 300 independent agency partners in 11 states.

Missouri Director of Insurance Chlora Lindley-Myers has been elected treasurer of the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Commission (IIPRC).

The Insurance Compact also selected Ohio Insurance Director Jillian Froment as chair and Rhode Island Insurance Superintendent Beth Dwyer as vice chair.

The Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Commission serves insurance regulators, consumers and providers by improving efficiency and effectiveness in the insurance marketplace.

In 2019, the Insurance Compact will undertake the development of new Uniform Standards for group annuity products and updating its procedures to possibly expand use of Compact-approved products for non-employer groups.

Troy, Missouri-based Town and Country Insurance Agency hired Angie Delle as a Medicare specialist and producer.

Delle will handle everything from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) compliance and field underwriting to customer service and personal insurance reviews.

Delle has more than 10 years of insurance industry experience. Prior to joining Town and Country Insurance Agency, she worked as a customers service representative, as well as a unit field trainer.

She earned certifications in Medicare and Senior Life products and was named “Rookie Medicare Advantage Insurance Agent of the Year” in 2015 at her previous agency.

Founded in 2006 and owned by Sandy Lickteig and Scott Lutes, who have 29 years of combined industry experience, Town and Country Insurance Agency specializes in personal lines insurance.

Kyle Schmitt has been hired as managing director of the Global Insurance Practice at J.D. Power. He is based in Chicago.

Schmitt will lead the growth strategy for the Global Insurance Practice by managing a team of talented practice leaders and working closely with the sales, marketing, analytics and research groups.

Schmitt, who most recently worked as a director leading Business Strategy within key operating units at State Farm Insurance Companies, has spent his career focusing on growth, market strategy and corporate finance solutions. Prior to State Farm, Schmitt was vice president of Investment Banking in the insurance mergers and acquisitions (M&A) division at Barclays in London where he advised global executives and boards on market strategy, deal structuring, risk management and valuation optimization.

J.D. Power is a global provider of consumer insights, advisory services and data and analytics. Established in 1968, J.D. Power is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California.

HDI Global Insurance Co., headquartered in Chicago, expanded its Engineering Lines and Construction Division with several new hires.

John Sprague has been appointed senior construction liability underwriter. He will be responsible for the continued growth and development of the U.S. construction liability portfolio. In his 25-plus year career, Sprague has held various excess casualty underwriting and management positions in the E&S practices of Starr, Zurich and AIG.

Diane Kirt and Robert Pawula both join HDI from Seneca Insurance as engineering lines underwriters. They will support the division’s underwriting efforts, including rail and builders’ risk.

Paul Magiera, associate engineering lines underwriter, will lead the servicing of existing accounts and establish new processes to streamline existing procedures. He joins HDI from State Farm, where he spent 20 years in a variety of producer roles.

Julie Heller, construction liability associate underwriter, joins HDI from Starr where she spent over five years as an underwriting assistant in the Property Department. Heller will be responsible for account clearance, policy issuance, account premium processing and invoicing, rating, and various administrative and organizational projects.

Tom Barilich and Jeonghee Oh have been appointed senior risk engineers.

Barilich joins HDI with extensive broker, carrier and TPA experience, most notably having spent 20-plus years within AIG’s construction and energy divisions as a technical services manager and crane subject matter specialist. At HDI, he will provide risk engineering activity for casualty lines, focusing on liability exposure control across the U.S.

Oh joins HDI from Aon, where he worked in the catastrophe model development group. He will provide HDI’s underwriting team with engineering line risk assessment and appraising portfolios related to natural hazards.

Jeff Norton has been appointed senior vice president, Cyber & Technology, for Brit Global Specialty USA. Based in Chicago, he will be responsible for leading and growing BGSU’s cyber and technology team.

Norton brings a range of underwriting experience with expertise in cyber. He joins BGSU from Beazley Group where he has been since 2009 and was a senior underwriter specializing in information security and privacy liability, technology errors and omissions, and miscellaneous professional liability and media liability. In this role he was responsible for leading the U.S. Private Enterprise Cyber offering to eight years of profitable growth.

Prior to Beazley, Norton was with Marquis Agency, leading its professional liability team.

Maximum, an independent, Chicago-based excess and surplus lines wholesaler, hired Kim Shattuck as a producer.

Shattuck joins the Maximum team with over three decades of experience in the casualty, property, and contract binding sectors. Her history in the industry speaks to her expertise, ability to cultivate relationships, and drive to go above and beyond for her clients.

In business since 1998 and headquartered in Chicago, Maximum is a national and surplus lines wholesale broker of specialty products and services. Maximum maintains specialties in Property, Casualty, Transportation, DIC, Builders Risk and Professional Lines coverage.

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