First Niagara Risk Management in New York Announces 2 Promotions

December 10, 2013

First Niagara Risk Management Inc., a Buffalo, N.Y.-based insurance brokerage, promoted Kim McGillicuddy to senior vice president.

McGillicuddy has been serving as enterprise sales leader and is responsible for developing, leading, directing and managing the sales processes, functions and strategies. Previously, she was chief operating officer of Norwalk, Conn.-based agency Pierson & Smith. She joined First Niagara in 2011 when First Niagara acquired Pierson & Smith.

First Niagara Risk Management also promoted Bill Hartz to senior vice president. His previous title was first vice president. He leads the firm’s health and welfare practice.

Hartz has been with First Niagara Risk Management since 2010. Prior to that, he was senior vice president at Sovereign Benefits Consulting and chief executive officer at Hartz Consulting Group.

First Niagara Risk Management is a wholly owned insurance subsidiary of First Niagara Bank and its parent company, First Niagara Financial Group Inc.

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