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AON
Appoints Peter Lieb as EVP and general counsel. He comes from NCR Corporation. >> Rob Brown named CEO of Aon Ltd. in London, succeeding Peter Harmer who resigned. Brown retains previous responsibilities as CEO of Aon Corp. and Affinity. >> Fred Milstein moves from cineFinance to become managing director or worldwide marketing and business development in Los Angeles for Aon/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services.
www.aon.com

ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER
Receives approval from Illinois attorney general and Department of Insurance that it can again accept contingent commission on retail brokerage business beginning Oct. 1. This amends the 2005 settlement agreement with the state. >> Richard McKenna, president of Gallagher Bassett Services, retires. A search is underway for a successor.
www.ajg.com

ASCENSION INSURANCE
Appoints Robert Smith EVP of operations. He comes from Beecher Carlson in Atlanta. >> Acquires three California agencies: Renaissance Agencies; Portal Group Holdings; and Personal Insurance Administrators. Renaissance is California’s largest organization specializing in insurance of student health for colleges and universities. Portal is the state’s largest provider of employee benefits, retirement services and HR outsourcing to nonprofits.
www.ascensionins.com

CLEMENTS
Clements International promotes J. Christopher Beck to president from SVP.
www.clements.com

COOPER GAY
Shaun Hooper joins as head of group operations. He most recently was COO at Bluefin Insurance Services.
www.coopergay.com

COTTINGHAM & BUTLER
Agrees to buy Baker Tilly Employee Benefits, formerly know as Virchow Krause Employee Benefits. Sue Chemerow and Ben Butler, formerly principals at Baker Tilly, will head the unit. Baker Tilly is the exclusive U.S.-branded firm in the Baker Tilly International network. Upon completion of the deal, the unit will be renamed Cottingham & Butler Consulting Services.
www.cottinghambutler.com

COVALA GROUP
New office is open for business at 126, Fifth Avenue, Third Floor, New York. Layout and technology focus on ease of workflow and security.
www.covalagroup.com

FIRST HORIZON INSURANCE
Kim Riley promoted to president.
www.firsthorizon.com

FIRST NIAGARA
Peter Draveck named as CFO for First Niagara Risk Management.
www.fnfg.com

GAB ROBBINS
Promotes Caroline Albertson and Mike Fox to regional operations managers for loss adjusting services. Albertson will lead operations in the eastern U.S., and Fox will head operations out west.
www.gabrobbins.com

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