Tabitha DeGirolano joins as underwriter for insurance
agents professional liability. >> Abby Daugherty,
previously with Catlin, moves to Arizona office as underwriting
manager. >> George Boldarini moves from Victor O.
Schinnerer to become underwriter for A&E professional
Forms new relationship with Zurich in North America to
sell niche accident and health products. >> The Texas
operations of Colemont Insurance Brokers are now AmWINS
Brokerage of Texas under leadership of Todd Teitell. AmWINS and
Colemont offices in Dallas combined late in 2010, and the
Houston offices will relocate to a new location early this
COO Andrew Appel resigns. No plans to fill the position.
>> Aon Benfield appoints Maggie Westdale global COO,
based in Chicago. She remains CFO as well. >> Aon Risk
Solutions consolidates energy risk engineering assets worldwide
to form new unit, Aon Energy Risk Engineering, which will fall
under Aon Global Risk Consulting. That includes Risk
Reliability and Systems Engineering (RRS/Schirmer) and
Hydrocarbon Risk Consultants. Range of services includes
process safety, risk assessment, industrial fire protection,
underwriting reports, and insurance valuations. >> Aon
agrees to buy rival Glenrand MIB in South Africa. Expected to
close Q1 2011.
ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER
Buys Premier Risk Services, an Illinois retail
brokerage, providing commercial p-c and employee benefits.
Specializes in real estate, construction and manufacturing.
Dino Gavanes and associates will stay in their Itasca offices
under direction of Thomas J. Gallagher.
Adds Bill Reidinger as practice leader of surety team.
He was managing director for Aon Construction Services.
Offers new option for 401(k) institutional plans, a
guaranteed lifetime income investment called ClearCourse. It is
a group variable annuity issued by Genworth and is available to
institutional services clients.
BROWN & BROWN
Buys Ruland & Mattingley Insurance Services of
Laguna Hills, Calif., a provider of employee benefits
throughout Southern California. Its leaders and team join Brown
& Brown’s existing Orange, Calif., office under
leadership of Tim Casey. >> Brown & Brown of New York
buys Ladd’s Agency in Syracuse, including some assets of
two Ladd’s subsidiaries. Operations will relocate to
existing Brown & Brown office in Syracuse under Nick
Dereszynski. >> CalSurance, division of Brown & Brown
of California, named professional liability broker and E&O
program administrator for National Association of Insurance
& Financial Advisors. Aspen Specialty is underwriter.
>> Forty-year industry veteran Paul Zimmerman hired as
director of acquisitions. He moves from Travelers.
Toby Esser, CEO of Cooper Gay Swett & Crawford,
filling role as executive chairman and CEO of Cooper Gay since
Jim Summers’ resignation in November. >>
Restructures London-based marine and energy reinsurance team.
Promotes Steven Herbert to head of LMX (London market excess of
loss), Phil Fox to head of U.K. and Europe, and Jim
Hamilton-Grant to head of international.
EQUITY RISK PARTNERS
Forms joint venture in Texas between Equity Risk
Partners and Lipscomb & Cathey. Targets insurance and risk
management needs of private equity firms in the Southwest and
Texas businesses with national and global operations. Michael
Viracola named director of business development.
Makes third insurance purchase in Pennsylvania in six
months, buying employee benefits provider Banyan Consulting.
Banyan founders William Hartz, Lawrence Cooney, Scott Fair and
Lisa Rand assume leadership positions at First Niagara, which
now has more than 380 employees offering personal, commercial,
surety bonds, risk management, employee benefits, life,
disability and long-term care.
FRED C. CHURCH
Laura Mullery joins in Lowell, Mass., HQ as VP for
compliance in Employee Benefits Department. She moves from
Protector Group in Worcester. >> Robert Riley hired as
account exec for commercial lines in Lowell.
Extends 15-year partnership with Lockton for reciprocal
global support of clients. (See Lockton.)