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Ironshore executive group to focus on insurer's growth

By: Kate Shepherd

Published March 12, 2014 - 1:59pm CST

Ironshore Inc. has formed a group executive leadership committee to formulate strategic direction for the specialty insurer and guide group growth and performance, the company said Wednesday.

CNA's Motamed a $10 million executive again

By: Steve Daniels, Crain's Chicago Business

Published March 11, 2014 - 2:57pm CST

CNA Financial Corp. made its CEO one of Chicago's $10 million executives for the second year in a row.

Health care veteran to lead National Business Coalition on Health

By: Jerry Geisel

Published March 10, 2014 - 11:36am CST

Brian Klepper, a long time health care analyst and entrepreneur, was named Monday as chief executive officer of the National Business Coalition on Health in Washington.

RSA appoints new CEO of troubled Irish unit

By: Sarah Veysey

Published March 10, 2014 - 9:58am CST

U.K. insurer RSA Insurance Group P.L.C. has appointed Ken Norgrove CEO of its troubled Irish unit, RSA Insurance Ireland.

Off Beat: Ex-NASA manager sues Discovery over his portrayal in Challenger movie

Published March 07, 2014 - 2:35pm CST

A retired NASA manager has sued Discovery Communications Inc. for defamation over his portrayal in a film depicting the 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster.

Texas insurance council names Betts new executive director

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published March 07, 2014 - 1:27pm CST

Albert Betts has been named executive director of the Insurance Council of Texas, effective April 1, the Austin, Texas-based property and casualty insurers group announced Friday.

Bidmead named head of Marsh's global multinational client services

By: Matthew Lerner

Published March 05, 2014 - 3:21pm CST

David Bidmead will assume the role of global multinational client service leader and chair of Marsh L.L.C.’s multinational executive committee effective April 1, the broker said in a statement Wednesday.

Target looks for new CIO in technology overhaul

Published March 05, 2014 - 10:56am CST

(Reuters) — Target Corp. said Chief Information Officer Beth Jacob resigned and it would look externally for an interim CIO as the retailer plans an overhaul of its information security practices in the wake of a massive data breach late last year.

Michael Smith tapped as COO of commercial insurance at AIG

By: Matthew Lerner

Published March 04, 2014 - 2:46pm CST

Michael Smith has been named chief operating officer of the commercial insurance business of American International Group Inc., the company said in a statement Tuesday.

OFF BEAT: Daughter's snarky Facebook post nixes daddy's $150,000 confidential settlement

Published March 03, 2014 - 3:21pm CST

A private school headmaster in Miami learned the hard way that sharing confidential information with a teen-age girl is no way to keep it under wraps.

Q&A: Helen Darling, National Business Group on Health

By: Matt Dunning

Published March 02, 2014 - 6:00am CST

After more than 13 years as the president and CEO of the Washington-based National Business Group on Health, Helen Darling plans to retire at the end of April. She recently spoke with Business Insurance Associate Editor Matt Dunning about the rapidly changing health care marketplace and the challenges employers face in providing health benefits to their workers. Edited excerpts follow.

Miller Insurance expands property/casualty staff

By: Kate Shepherd

Published February 28, 2014 - 3:15pm CST

Insurance and reinsurance broker Miller Insurance Services L.L.P. has combined its property/casualty specialists into one business area led by Ken MacDonald, head of property/casualty.

YouTube must remove anti-Muslim film that sparked death threats: Court

By: Judy Greenwald

Published February 27, 2014 - 4:21pm CST

An actress in an anti-Muslim film, who later faced death threats because of her unwitting participation in the project, can enforce a preliminary injunction ordering YouTube to remove the film, an appeals court has ruled.

OFF BEAT: Fracking protest sticks fine on rock ‘n’ roll offspring

Published February 26, 2014 - 4:26pm CST

The daughter of former Kinks frontman Ray Davies and former Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde has been fined by a British court for her sticky activities to protest fracking.

OFF BEAT: Stylist sues Nicki Minaj for cutting him out of wig business

Published February 26, 2014 - 3:29pm CST

A spurned hair stylist is accusing flamboyant singer Nicki Minaj of attempting to sweep their collective plans for a line of designer wigs under the rug.

2014 Risk Manager of the Year®, Risk Management Honor Roll® announced

Published February 26, 2014 - 2:25pm CST

Business Insurance announced Wednesday that William M. Zachry, vice president of risk management at supermarket chain Safeway Inc., is the 2014 Risk Manager of the Year®.

PartnerRe life and health CEO to retire, executive changes announced

By: Kate Shepard

Published February 26, 2014 - 2:01pm CST

PartnerRe Ltd. on Wednesday announced the retirement of Marvin Pestcoe, currently CEO of life and health, and several executive management changes.

President Obama hails rising public health insurance exchange enrollment

By: Jerry Geisel

Published February 26, 2014 - 1:14pm CST

Despite “misinformation,” millions of people have been able to obtain health insurance because of the 2010 health care reform law, President Obama said Tuesday.

OFF BEAT: Kim Kardashian insures her famous derriere for $21 million

Published February 25, 2014 - 11:28am CST

Any good insurance broker will advise you to insure your most valuable assets. Reality television and social media star Kim Kardashian reportedly has heeded that advice by insuring her famous bottom for a cool $21 million.

Rep. Dingell, backer of federal oversight of insurer solvency, to retire

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published February 24, 2014 - 12:39pm CST

U.S. Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich. — a longtime advocate of federal regulation of insurer solvency — will not seek re-election, his office said Monday.

OFF BEAT: Gawker could be out of reach of Tarantino's lawsuit

Published February 21, 2014 - 11:08am CST

Quentin Tarantino may be suing Gawker in California, but the Cayman Islands-based company could be beyond his reach.

Swiss Re names David Cole as finance chief

Published February 20, 2014 - 8:19am CST

(Reuters) — Reinsurer Swiss Re Ltd. promoted David Cole to finance chief and raised its payout to shareholders after an unexpected rise in annual profit, taking the sting out of falling prices for new business.

David Brosnan named CEO of Hardy Underwriting

By: Matthew Lerner

Published February 19, 2014 - 3:24pm CST

Hamilton, Bermuda-based based specialty insurer Hardy Underwriting Agencies Ltd. has appointed David Brosnan CEO effective immediately, the company said Wednesday.

Michael Jordan can sue Jewel for trademark infringement: Court

By: Judy Greenwald

Published February 19, 2014 - 3:07pm CST

A Jewel Food Stores Inc. ad congratulating Michael Jordan on being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame was commercial speech not protected by the First Amendment, an appeals court has ruled.

Qixiang Sun receives International Insurance Society Founder's award

By: Kate Shepherd

Published February 19, 2014 - 2:12pm CST

The International Insurance Society has named Qixiang Sun of Peking University as the 2014 recipient of the John S. Bickley Founder’s Award, the organization said Wednesday.

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