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ALLIANT
Hires Jared Mitilier as senior v.p. and resident director in Las Vegas and Tom Kaminsky as senior v.p. for employee benefits in Phoenix with a focus on Native American business services. www.alliantinsurance.com

ALLIED WORLD ASSURANCE COMPANY
Opening office in Zug, Switzerland, to write reinsurance throughout Europe. Marie-Laure Queneuder will oversee the office. www.awac.com

ALL RISKS
Opens new nationwide program focused on workers comp for temporary staffing industry. Michael Hayes heads the program. www.allrisks.com

AON
Buying Benfield Group for $1.73 billion plus assuming $169.3 of Benfield debt. Benfield will be integrated into Aon’s reinsurance operations to create a global division—Aon Benfield Re. Grahame Chilton, CEO of Benfield, will become vice chairman of Aon Corp. >> Aon Construction Services Group hires Karen Reutter into newly created senior v.p. position. >> Aon Risk Services of Southern California hires Philip Simone as senior v.p. >> Aon Jauch & Huebner GmbH, based in Hamburg, hires Andreas Bruckner to newly created position of chief commercial officer, effective Jan. 1, 2009. >> Aon Re Global hires Christer Pehrson as executive director for European-based global clients. >> Aon’s London Crisis Management Unit starts new extortion consulting team in response to rapid rise in commercial extortion cases. Sam Nicholls, former senior investigating officer for multinational extortion for the British police, heads the new unit. >> Aon Risk Services names Warren Mula chairman and Eric Andersen CEO for U.S.-based retail operations. Mula continues to lead Aon Brokerage Group. www.aon.com

ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER
Buys retail insurance brokerage Wm. W. George & Associates of Dallas, provider of commercial p-c, workers comp, and risk management services, as well as employee benefits consulting, administration and brokerage services for mid-sized to large accounts. www.ajg.com

ASSURANT
Appoints Jay Cohen as senior v.p. and chief compliance officer. >> Promotes Jane Meyer to senior v.p. for human resources and Allen Walker to senior v.p. for organizational development and corporate communications, both new positions. www.assurant.com

BARNEY & BARNEY
Hires Richard Hallett as director of surety to oversee bond department. He brings a specialization in construction. www.barneyandbarney.com

BEECHER CARLSON
Subsidiary Tribal Nation Insurance Services hires Patrick Jewell, a specialist in hospitality and gaming risk, as senior v.p. www.beechercarlson.com

BENFIELD
Selling to Aon to create global division under Aon brand. See Aon entry. www.benfieldgroup.com

BOLLINGER
Club Program Division announces new, exclusive partnership with U.S. Golf Learning Institute to provide an online risk management tool for clubs insured through Bollinger’s Golf & Country Club Program. www.bollingerinsurance.com

BROWN & BROWN
Acquires assets of Advanced Insurance Concepts, a Pennsylvania-based agency specializing in individual and group employee benefits insurance products and services and serving as the general agent for regional health insurance providers. Its staff joins Brown & Brown Consulting in Philly. >> Also purchases Indiana-based Burt & Associates Benefit Planning, another employee benefits specialist team. Staff will continue from current Elkhart, Ind., location. >> Reed Brothers Insurance Group, with offices based in Kentucky and Florida and specializing in relations with recreational vehicle and power sport dealerships and the manufactured housing industry, is acquired and will retain its name and current offices. www.bbinsurance.com

COLLINS
Kevin Knudson hired as senior v.p. in the Tampa office. He is joined by Scott Fest, a senior v.p., and Bryan Friendshuh, v.p., both moving from Minnesota headquarters. www.collins.com

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