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Insurance moves: Hiscox names US CFO; Willis names life biz leader for Americas

S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a weekly rundown of selected executive management and other personnel moves in the insurance industry. The changes are listed by announcement date in reverse chronological order.

Feb. 13

Willis Towers Watson Plc appointed Dominique Lebel as head of its insurance consulting and technology life business for the Americas, effective March 1. Lebel will succeed Marcela Abraham. Lebel previously was a managing director and leader of the life business for the Hartford, Conn., office and also led financial and regulatory reporting for the Americas life business.

Hiscox Ltd. named David McLaughlin CFO for the company's U.S. operations. McLaughlin earlier worked with Fiserv Inc.

Following Kemper Corp.'s acquisition of Infinity Property & Casualty Corp., Infinity's senior management team will be integrated into the newly combined organization.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Inc. CEO Michael Guyette will leave the company in March to join VSP Global as CEO. Kathleen Blatz has been named interim CEO for Blue Cross.

Feb. 12

Ironshore Inc. named David Russo as vice president and regional executive for the mid-Atlantic region. Russo, who succeeds Kevin Fee, previously served American International Group Inc.

FBL Financial Group Inc. appointed Lori Geadelmann general counsel effective March 1. Geadelmann most recently was vice president, assistant general counsel and corporate compliance officer. She will succeed David McNeill, who will retire from the company.

Following Sunstar Insurance Group LLC's acquisition of Arkansas-based Matson Insurance Agency, the latter's Buddy Matson and his son, Tracy, will move to Sunstar's Little Rock, Ark., offices, Arkansas Business reported.

Standard Insurance Co. announced several changes to its leadership team and organizational structure.

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. announced the resignations of James Durkin, chairman of employee benefit consulting and brokerage, and James Gault, chairman of global property and casualty brokerage, as executive officers of the company.

Everest Re Group Ltd.'s Everest Insurance appointed Jeff Mickletz director and senior underwriter within the excess casualty division of Everest Specialty Casualty. Mickletz previously worked at Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd.

For its newly opened Dubai office, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. unit Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Co. appointed Alessandro Cerase as its senior executive officer to lead first-party lines for its broader Asia Middle East region and Neeraj Yadvendu as deputy senior executive officer and head of third-party lines for the Middle East. Cerase joined from AIG and Yadvendu from AXA Asia.

Feb. 9

Erica Davis will join Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group Plc's JLT Re as senior vice president in its New York cyber, errors and omissions practice, The Insurance Insider reported. Davis will join from Zurich North America.

Bankers Insurance Co. President Judy Copechal left the company, effective Feb. 6, the Tampa Bay Business Journal reported.

Feb.8

Grand River named Gregory Barth chief underwriting officer of Grand River Insurance, a managing general underwriter of commercial lines insurance. Barth previously worked with W. R. Berkley Corp. unit American Mining Insurance Group.

Bruce West will retire as the executive vice president of finance and CFO of Co-operators Group Ltd., effective June 1. West joined the company as CFO in 2007.

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. will invest nearly $300 million and boost its Massachusetts workforce by approximately 70% by the end of 2021 under a multiyear plan to expand its presence in its home state.

Hiscox U.S. CEO Ben Walter will relocate to London to take up the newly created role of CEO of the company's global retail business. Steve Langan, CEO of Hiscox U.K. and Europe, will succeed Walter, and also remain chief marketing officer for the group.