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ALL RISKS
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 liability program.
www.allrisks.com

AMWINS
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 year.
www.amwins.com

AON
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.
www.aon.com

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.
www.ajg.com

ASSURANCE AGENCY
Adds Bill Reidinger as practice leader of surety team. He was managing director for Aon Construction Services.
www.assuranceagency.com

BB&T
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.
www.bbt.com

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.
www.bbinsurance.com

COOPER GAY
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.
www.coopergay.com

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.
www.equityrisk.com

FIRST NIAGARA
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.
www.fnfg.com

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.
http://fredcchurch.com

FUNK GROUP
Extends 15-year partnership with Lockton for reciprocal global support of clients. (See Lockton.)
www.funk-gruppe.de

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