ACE Makes Appointments to New Global Client Executive Practice

February 22, 2010

The ACE Group has announced its initial executive appointments to its newly-created Global Client Executive team. Those assigned to the team will “work collaboratively with clients and distribution partners in major markets around the world to respond to their needs on a global basis,” said the bulletin.

Ed Zaccaria, President, ACE Global Client Executives pointed out. “Multinational and large account clients have a global point of view on risk management and rapidly changing needs.” The team will be working closely with ACE’s “distribution partners” on the effective delivery of risk management programs.

ACE listed the appointments as follows:
Flavio Bauer: He has over 30 years of insurance industry experience, and will lead the ACE Latin America efforts, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He rejoins ACE from Citibank Corretora de Seguros Brazil, where he served as President. Prior to that post he was the President of Marsh’s Brazil operations. During his previous tenure with ACE, he held the position of Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, and President & Chief Executive Officer for ACE in Brazil from 2000 to 2005. He served as President & Chief Executive Offer of the Sedgwick Group in Brazil, from 1996 to 2000, and previously managed insurance, reinsurance and risk management operations, for insurance companies owned by Bunge & Born Group, a multinational agribusiness, for its operations in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil and Panama.

Robert Gaffney: He is based in Philadelphia, and has more than 35 years of insurance industry experience. Most recently, he led ACE’s Global Services unit, established in 2007 to manage the delivery of ACE products and services throughout the ACE global network. Gaffney has spent twelve years at ACE, and previously held the position of President, ACE USA Programs Division and Chief Financial Officer of ACE Westchester. His prior work experience also includes senior leadership positions at Liberty Mutual, PMA Insurance Group, USF&G, and ACE’s predecessor organizations.

Craig Hanrahan: He is based in New York City, and has over 21 years of insurance industry experience. Hanrahan joins ACE from Marsh & McLennan Companies, where he spent 19 years, most recently serving as Managing Director, Asia Global Client Services Growth Leader – Americas, and prior to that position, as Managing Director, Co-Leader, New York Office, Japan Client Services. He also served as a large line casualty underwriter at American International Group Risk Management (AIGRM), based in New York City.

Tom Harris: He is based in Atlanta GA, and has more than 16 years of financial, insurance and risk management industry experience. Harris joins ACE from Tyson Foods, Inc., where he held senior-level positions in risk management, finance, and business development. Most recently he served as Senior Director Finance, Renewable Products Division. He holds the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) professional designation.

Gary Hightower: He is based in Dallas, Texas, and continues in his current role as a global client executive. Hightower has 34 years of underwriting, business development and sales experience in the insurance arena, with particular emphasis on serving the regional large-risk marketplace. He joined ACE USA in 1999. Prior to that he spent 10 years at American International Group in senior leadership roles in its risk management and regional operations division focusing on national accounts. His tenure in the insurance arena also includes ten years with Continental Special Risk.

Tina Lakickas: She is based in Chicago, IL, and has 16 years of insurance and financial services industry experience. Lakickas joined ACE from AIG in Chicago, IL, where she held the position of Regional Manager and Vice President, Global Marine and Energy. Her prior roles include serving as Risk Management Account Executive with Arthur J. Gallagher & Company, Underwriting Specialist – Construction, at St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Company. She has also held financial analysis and actuarial roles at Motorola, Inc. and KPMG Peat Marwick LLP.

William O’Donnell III: He is based at ACE’s U.S. headquarters in Philadelphia, and has more than 30 years of insurance industry experience. He most recently led a private investor-driven specialty insurance start-up project. O’Donnell previously served as Managing Director, Head of Regional & Specialty at Swiss Re, and spent 19 years serving in a variety of senior level positions at GE Insurance Solutions – Employers Reinsurance Corporation, culminating with his appointment as President, Americas Direct Treaty. He holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) professional designation.

Source: ACE Group: www.acelimited.com.

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