Katie Knowles joins subsidiary T&H Brokers Group as SVP
based in White Plains, N.Y. She will target high-net-worth
individuals in the entertainment industry. She was most
recently an entertainment broker and SVP at USI. She previously
worked at Near North and Aon-Albert G. Ruben.
Moving corporate HQ from Chicago to London upon shareholder
approval. Move intended to expand global growth, particularly
in emerging markets. No staff reductions planned, though 750
staffers will move from Chicago to other U.S. locations. Aon
plans to add 1,000 other positions in the U.S. Chicago will
still be HQ for the Americas. Will change incorporation from
Delaware to England. Expects to see significant reduction in
global effective tax rate. Transfer expected to close in Q2.
>> Chris Lee-Smith named COO of Aon Risk Solutions’
U.K. retail business based in London. He was COO of Willis U.K.
& Ireland. He replaces Tom Tinkler, who was promoted to CEO
of Aon’s affinity business. >> Aon Benfield has
promoted Henry To from CEO of Greater China to non-executive
chairman of that region. Stephen Warwick succeeds To as CEO. He
was managing director of treaty and specialty lines for
Asia/Pacific. Both are based in Hong Kong.
ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER
Acquires Riley & Associates, a p-c retail brokerage in
South Carolina. Russell Parker and staff will continue in Mt.
Pleasant office under direction of Mitchel Brashier, Southeast
regional manager of Gallagher’s retail p-c operation.
>> Expands upstate New York presence with purchase of
Capital Bauer Insurance Agency. David Bauer and team will
remain in Albany location and be under direction of Douglas
Brown, Northeast regional manager of Gallagher’s retail
ASSURED PARTNERS Acquires
Dawson Cos. Deal includes Dawson Insurance, Dawson of Florida,
Dawson Consulting Group, Group Benefits Agency and Dawson
Mid-Atlantic. Michael Sherman, CEO of Dawson, will serve on the
board of AssuredPartners and lead the units in northern Ohio,
Florida and the Mid-Atlantic. Operations at Dawson remain under
current names and locations.
BB&T Agrees to buy life
and p-c division of Crump Group for $570 million in cash. Deal,
which includes rights to Crump name, will double
BB&T’s wholesale business and make BB&T the
nation’s largest wholesale brokerage. John Howard, Crump
Group’s president and CEO, will join BB&T in a senior
leadership role reporting to BB&T Chairman and CEO Wade
Reece. Brian Winikoff, president of Crump Life Insurance
Services, will remain in his position. Dave Obenauer, president
of Crump Property & Casualty Services, will lead
integration with BB&T’s wholesale and p-c unit. Both
Winikoff and Obenauer will continue to report to Howard.
Acsensus, Crump’s retirement services division,
isn’t part of the sale.
BMS GROUP Opens office in
New York. CEO Carl Beardmore will be based there, and EVP Larry
Cantwell will be lead producer in the new office, which is
designed to be a hub for all BMS markets. The brokerage is also
moving servicing of all reinsurance accounts to