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Ace USA endorses catastrophe crisis management products with up to $2.5 million in additional aggregate limits for eligible insureds. Also expands services to include, among other things, emergency medical evacuation, independent lab costs to determine cause of illness related to food contamination, costs of engineers or other professionals needed in rescues, and costs to secure scene of catastrophe. Endorsement designed for companies with Ace Excess Casualty policies attaching over primary GL or retention of $5 million or higher. >> Ace USA promotes Mitchell Schmidt to SVP and regional exec for Northeast, based in Boston. He was SVP, national underwriting officer for Ace USA’s Custom Casualty and Public Entity and has been in multiple senior underwriting roles at Ace since 2003. He’ll set strategic direction for the region. Succeeds Karen Sother, who moves up to new global position, change management officer for acquisitions for Ace Group. >> Kelley Kinsella named as SVP, regional executive officer for Ace USA Midwest, based in Chicago. She was SVP, West, at Ace USA Global Property and Specialty Lines. She succeeds Scott McKeon, who as named SVP, Distribution Management, Ace USA, which works on national basis with brokers.

Chartis adds crisis response coverage to aviation policies for corporate customers. Provides access to immediate funds for crisis management costs in catastrophes. Up to $250,000 additional limits available for costs of hiring crisis management firm for reputational risk, temporary living, travel, counseling, and more.

Construction unit promotes Peter Fritz to regional VP, Southeast.

Completes acquisition of HSBC’s p-c business in Hong Kong and Singapore. Launches p-c bancassurance partnerships with HSBC in those countries, with distribution agreements in China, India and Indonesia to come, as part of a March 2012 10-year exclusive distribution agreement. Axa’s business plan calls for major expansion in Asia by 2015. The HSBC deal makes Axa largest p-c insurer in Hong Kong and second-largest in Singapore. >> Budgets $60 million over three years for expansion in Axa Insurance Gulf, serving the Mideast. Had 25% premium growth in first-half 2012.

Jack Donehue returns to company as COO. He will oversee healthcare provider education, marketing, risk management and underwriting, as well as Coverys Insurance Services, the company’s Lansing, Mich.-based insurance agency. >> Michael Kubik promoted to SVP of marketing for the company.

Offers workers comp through Paychex to small businesses that process payroll through the outsourcing firm.

Responds to threat of lone-wolf incidents at hospitals and large healthcare facilities with Solo Strike Liability, a liability product that also provides immediate crisis management. $50 million standard limits with up to $100 million available. Primary coverage.

Names Linda Hummel president of Employer Group Division in Texas. She will oversee commercial ops and products, including HMOs, PPOs, self-insureds, POSs, group Medicare, specialty benefits, and wellness program HumanaVitality. She was market president for commercial ops in south and central Texas.


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