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S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a daily roundup of management and board changes in the insurance industry. This feature excludes C-level leadership changes and stories previously covered by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

Financial guaranty

Michael Esposito Jr. will resign as chairman of the board of Syncora Holdings Ltd., effective after the special general shareholders' meeting on Jan. 28.

He will be replaced by E. Grant Gibbons as interim chairman.

Managed care

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Colorado named Charles Ritz president.

Ritz will be based in the company's Denver office.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Rocky Mountain Hospital and Medical Service Inc.

Property and casualty

Chris Moulder was appointed as a senior independent director at the board of Ecclesiastical Insurance Office PLC.


Dennis Rushovich retired as a senior vice president of Crum & Forster Pet Insurance Group.

He is being replaced by Bob Capobianco.

Capobianco served as a vice president of the pet health insurance program at Crum & Forster.

Crum & Forster Pet Insurance is a registered trademark of United States Fire Insurance Co. Inc.


ArgoGlobal named Jeremy Shallow head of international specialty and Ross MacDonald as head of non-U.S. international casualty.

MacDonald led the syndicate general liability team at Argo.

ArgoGlobal is a member of Argo Group International Holdings Ltd.


Piiq Risk Partners appointed Ian George senior partner.

George served as the regional director of Japan aviation and aerospace at Willis Towers Watson PLC.

Piiq Risk Partners is owned by BGC Partners Inc.


Allianz Insurance PLC named Simon Barker regional motor trade underwriting manager for the north and Scotland regions.

Helen Unitt and Spencer Berry were also appointed regional motor trade manager for the south region.

Allianz Insurance PLC is part of the Allianz Group.


Falvey Cargo Underwriting Ltd. appointed Kathleen Creedon to manage and develop its cargo insurance portfolio, effective Jan. 13.

She will open the company's new office in Greenwood Village, Colo.


RKH Specialty Ltd. named Richard Putnam divisional director for health.

He will work with the company's hub offices in Singapore, Dubai, Miami and its network of producers.

Putnam previously served as an underwriting manager at CNA Hardy.

RKH Specialty is part of Hyperion Insurance Group Ltd.


Liberty Mutual Re named Annie Leong regional underwriting manager for Asia-Pacific.

The company will operate with a full treaty reinsurance license as part of Liberty Specialty Markets Asia-Pacific in Singapore.

Leong previously worked as a senior underwriter with a focus on specialty lines for the Asia-Pacific region at Aspen Re.

Liberty Mutual Re is a part of the Liberty Mutual Insurance Group.