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Chooses Travelers as carrier for Abacus Special Event coverage and will work with Travelers Encore Entertainment to serve as Travelers’ program manager, offering the coverage in all 50 states. www.abacusins.com


Receives Florida regulatory approval to underwrite homeowners insurance in Florida. Emphasis will be placed on a balanced portfolio of homes spread across the state and built to superior standards.


Aon Re Global appoints Mike Reynolds as CFO. www.aon.com


Adds retirement planning and executive benefits to its offerings. Richard Cordova is the new retirement plan consultant, and Mike Roseri is new vice president of executive benefits offerings. www.assuranceagency.com


Buys Florida-based brokerage and risk management consulting firm Henricks & Associates. www.beechercarlson.com


Being sold to New York-based Citi, which will then sell the BISYS wholesale unit to private equity firm J.C. Flowers. The wholesale unit includes life insurance and commercial p-c. The sale to Flowers will also include BISYS retirement services. The insurance services of BISYS will become part of Crump, which Flowers bought from Marsh in 2005. www.bisys.com


Acquires Sobel Affiliates of New York. Alan Labadorf will continue as head of the operation. >> Buys United Employers Insurance Agency, a Houston-based commercial p-c and employee benefits agency. >> Laura Simon is promoted to executive v.p. and profit center leader of Lawyer’s Protector Plan, where she will be responsible for operations of this niche professional liability program. www.bbinsurance.com


Acquires Melton Insurance Associates, a retail broker in Odessa, Texas. Melton specializes in energy industries. J. Tommy Melton and his associates will continue to operate out of their current location under the direction of Michael Henthorn, south central regional manager of Gallagher’s Brokerage Services Retail Division. www.ajg.com


Gleason promotes and hires several managers: Ellen Dividock is now director of placement and service; Michael Gleason, v.p., assumes Pittsburgh sales manager duties while serving as Pittsburgh office branch manager; Ann Leonard joins brokerage in Pittsburgh office as senior account manager; Melissa Yost joins Gleason as assistant account manager. www.gleasoninc.com


Julia Chu joins as managing director and casualty solutions architect in Casualty Specialty Practice. www.guycarp.com


Forms international insurance and reinsurance unit based in London. Julian Samengo-Turner and Ron Whyte will lead the new unit and join the board of Integro in the UK. >> Robert Feeney is appointed CFO, succeeding Joseph Salerno, who is retiring. www.integrogroup.com


Earns awards from Grange Insurance: named top-10 agency (out of 1,250+); earned “State Leader Award” as top Grange agency in Georgia; and is recognized as one of top-three commercial lines agencies with Grange. www.jsmithlanier.com

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