Chicago Aon’s Entertainment Group Announces Restructuring

February 7, 2007

The entertainment industry’s increasing emphasis on diversification has led to the restructuring of Aon’s Entertainment Group.
Effective immediately, Aon/Albert G. Ruben, the worldwide leader in the film and entertainment business, will become part of Aon’s Entertainment Group. The 120-employee business manages risks associated with all aspects of entertainment, including film and television, music, theatre, commercials, multimedia, hospitality, gaming and professional sports.

George Walden has been named Aon/Albert G. Ruben’s new chief executive officer, succeeding Sam Cargill, who assumes the role of group chairman. For the past three decades Walden served as president of Aon/Albert G. Ruben New York.

In addition, Paul Jones and Brian Kingman have been appointed co-managing directors in Ruben’s 88-employee Los Angeles office. Jones focuses on new business development and managing the risks associated with reality television productions. Kingman manages sales and services a variety of motion picture studios and other film and TV production companies. Aon/Albert G. Ruben President Peter Robey will continue his association with Ruben, focusing on expanding the Ruben brand worldwide. Robey will be based in the U.K.

“This is an important step for our organization,” says Entertainment Practice CEO Joe Addison. “Many of the companies Ruben deals with are large conglomerates that are diversifying their entertainment, media and hospitality portfolios. It’s important that we be in a position to deliver an equally diverse range of products and services to meet clients’ needs.”

Aon Corp. provides risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, human capital and management consulting, and specialty insurance underwriting. Aon has 45,000 employees in 500 offices.

Source: Aon Corp.

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