People on the move in the P&C insurance industry: June 18, 2021

We are excited about Mike joining our team,” said Acentria Insurance Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Mason. “Mike brings a high level of professionalism and expertise to Acentria and our customers. His insurance industry knowledge is paramount as we continue to assist our clients in the ever-changing insurance industry.”

“Adding Emily to our team is part of the continuing transformation of working to be active participants in the growth and success of our partner firms,” said Assurex Global President & CEO Dean Hildebrandt. “With Emily and several other leaders joining us over the past few years, we have recently added 165 years of agency experience to our organization. This added experience gives us the opportunity to better understand and serve our partners.”

“Over the past few years, Zywave has not only significantly expanded its carrier offerings, but we’ve created the most innovative, insightful and impactful solutions available to that market,” said Jason Liu, CEO of Zywave. “Jeff’s extensive knowledge and experience working with the industry’s leading carriers will further enhance our service and support for that segment.”

“With her deep background in ancillary healthcare services and medical networks, Eileen brings to Sedgwick an unmatched level of technical expertise and a strong track record of leadership,” said Andrea Buhl, president of managed care at Sedgwick. “With Eileen’s customer-focused approach to all aspects of her new role, we will continue to provide the best solutions and care for our clients and their employees.”

“John has been one of Vindati’s key architects from the start. His knowledge and commitment have long been valuable assets to the business, and I am thrilled that the Vindati team will now benefit from his leadership expertise in a full-time capacity,” said David Thomas, CEO of Innovisk Capital Partners.

Foresight Risk & Insurance Services appointed Tara Ricketts as the head of people, a role in which she will be empowered to lead the organization in attracting and retaining exceptional talent. She served at American International Group.

Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass LLP announced the following appointments:

  • Vanessa Durante: special counsel
  • Ethan Friedman: special counsel

MarshBerry appointed Brandon Hardesty as vice president, organic growth. He served at Hub International as the sales director, commercial programs. The company also named Diana Christopherson as vice president. She served as senior investment advisor at IT Mergers.

State Street Corporation appointed Jason Knight as global head of the firm’s insurance segment. He served at BNY Mellon as head of the insurance segment.

Accūrō Solutions appointed George Furlong as chief strategy officer. He served as senior vice president at Sedgwick Claims Management, Inc.

Deloitte appointed Bob Taylor as managing director of its tax legal business services practice. He served at Liberty Mutual Insurance as vice president.

Acentria Insurance appointed Mike Carraway as vice president of employee benefits.  He served at national healthcare carriers.

Zywave appointed Jeff Cohen as senior vice president. He served at Advisen as president.

PIANJ announced the following appointments:

  • Michael DeStasio Jr.: president
  • Thomas Wilkens: vice president
  • Constance Mahoney: vice president
  • Andrew Harris Jr.: vice president
  • Roger Butler: treasurer
  • Beth Frederickson: secretary
  • Steven C. Radespiel: past president

Merchants Insurance promoted Kevin Lasante to regional vice president. He previously served as regional underwriting manager.

Verisk appointed Joe Wodark as vice president and general manager.

Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Companies and Countryway Insurance Co. appointed Robert F. “Bob” Brown as executive vice president and general manager. He served at Travelers Insurance.

DUAL appointed Gordon Steward as managing director. He served at White Oak Underwriting Agency where he managed the Forestry business.

Assurex Global appointed Emily Merola as senior vice president, property & casualty. She served as branch executive at Liberty Mutual.

Vindati appointed John Przedpelski as chief executive officer. He served as chief operating officer at U.S. Re Corp.

Risk Strategies appointed Steve Pincus as national personal lines practice leader.  He served at DeWitt Stern Group as New York metro region leader.

Sedgwick announced that Eileen Fuentes Ramallo joined as senior vice president of ancillary services. She served as general manager at UnitedHealth Group.

Tokio Marine HCC appointed Jay Ritchie as chief executive officer. He previously served as president.

Propel Insurance appointed Chris Hayes as a national accounts sales executive.

E. A. Renfroe appointed Kasey Burleson as chief financial officer. He previously served as CFO at Zoës Kitchen.

Oneglobal Broking appointed Simon Plumridge as group chief operating officer. He served as global head of Multinational at QBE Limited.

Trupanion appointed Simon Wheeler as its executive vice president. He served as managing director at Agria Pet Insurance Ltd.

Crum & Forster announced the following appointments:

  • Mark Srygley: lead integrated client-focused efforts
  • David Kaplan: lead integrated client-focused efforts

CLARA Analytics announced that Heather H. Wilson joined as chief executive officer. She served as chief data officer at AIG.

Munich Re Specialty Insurance appointed Mary Beth McClellan as chief claims officer. She previously served as a casualty practice lead over multiple lines of business for a global commercial insurance company.

SageSure appointed Catherine Reese as chief claims officer. She served as chief claims officer at Tower Hill Insurance Group.

Hub International Limited announced the following appointments:

  • Alice Milligan: board member
  • Melissa Bodford: board member

Hippo Enterprises Inc. announced that Lori Dickerson Fouché joined the board of directors. He served as president and chief executive officer at Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company.

Related: People on the move in the P&C insurance industry: June 11, 2021

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