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GALLERY: Our most popular Off Beat stories from January

Published February 05, 2015 - 6:21pm CST

This month: Nicole Kidman's neighbors sue her for water damage, Alex Van Halen's ex-wife gets to keep her last name, a jury exonerates pop singer Rick Springfield from the charge that he disabled a concert-goer with his butt, and more.

Unum promoting CFO to top job

By: Shelby Livingston

Published February 04, 2015 - 12:45pm CST

Chattanooga, Tennessee-based benefits insurer Unum Group is promoting Chief Financial Officer Richard McKenney to CEO, effective in May.

CEO named for Scor's Channel Managing Agency

By: Sarah Veysey

Published February 03, 2015 - 9:58am CST

David Reed has been appointed CEO of The Channel Managing Agency Ltd., the Lloyd’s of London managing agency owned by Paris-based reinsurer Scor S.E. that manages multiline syndicate 2015.

Standards-setting veteran to lead Institute of Risk Management

By: Shelby Livingston

Published February 02, 2015 - 2:23pm CST

The London-based Institute of Risk Management on Monday said it has appointed Ian Livsey as chief executive.

New casualty head for Lloyd's insurer Novae

By: Shelby Livingston

Published February 02, 2015 - 11:56am CST

Novae Group P.L.C. has named Robert Patten as head of its casualty division and member of its executive committee, the Lloyd's of London insurer said Monday.

UP CLOSE: Kimberly Castle

Published February 01, 2015 - 6:00am CST

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA-BASED ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT OF THE LONG-HAUL TRUCKING DIVISION

Q&A: Chris O'Kane, Aspen Insurance Holdings Inc.

Published February 01, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Chris O'Kane has been group CEO of Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd. since founding the Hamilton, Bermuda-based company in 2002. Last year, he lead Aspen's successful effort to thwart a $3.2 billion hostile takeover bid from Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd. He recently sat down with Business Insurance Associate Editor Matthew Lerner to discuss the company's challenges and the reinsurance sector in...

Ex-NFL lineman defends his comp award despite 'Survivor' stint

Published January 30, 2015 - 3:22pm CST

A former football star is taking to the airwaves and flexing his muscles to prove he didn't commit insurance fraud.

Willis exec tapped to run JLT Asia

By: Shelby Livingston

Published January 30, 2015 - 12:18pm CST

Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group P.L.C. has named a former Willis Group Holdings P.L.C. executive to lead its Jardine Lloyd Thompson Asia subsidiary, the firm said Friday.

Did your celebrity endorser fall from grace? There's insurance for that

By: Judy Greenwald

Published January 29, 2015 - 2:08pm CST

An American International Group Inc. unit is offering limits of up to $5 million through a product designed to help policyholders respond to risks from a celebrity endorser's fall from grace, scandal or unexpected death, the insurer said Thursday.

Canopius refocuses on U.S. direct property business

By: Matthew Lerner

Published January 29, 2015 - 12:24pm CST

Canopius Group Ltd. plans to expand its U.S direct property business with the appointment of Bradley Winfield as head of US direct property, Canopius said Thursday.

Royalties, please. Tom Petty, Sam Smith share coincidental tune

Published January 27, 2015 - 12:44pm CST

Classic rocker Tom Petty and first-time Grammy nominee Sam Smith, an English singer and songwriter, have similar taste in melodies.

Willis promotes executives in China unit

By: Shelby Livingston

Published January 23, 2015 - 1:00pm CST

Willis Group Holdings P.L.C. on Friday said it has promoted three senior executives in its Willis China unit, effective Jan. 26.

President of workers comp rating agency to retire

By: Sheena Harrison

Published January 23, 2015 - 10:33am CST

Stephen J. Klingel, president and CEO of the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc., plans to retire from his post in February 2016, the workers compensation ratemaking agency said Friday.

Obama says Affordable Care Act is key to economic recovery

By: Paul Demko, Modern Healthcare

Published January 21, 2015 - 8:52am CST

President Barack Obama described the Affordable Care Act as part of the fabric of middle-class economic recovery as he delivered a State of the Union address to a Republican-controlled Congress intent on dismantling the law.

Capsicum Reinsurance Brokers appoints partner to lead facultative division

By: Sarah Veysey

Published January 21, 2015 - 8:40am CST

Malcolm Payton has been appointed partner and head of the facultative division at reinsurance brokerage Capsicum Reinsurance Brokers L.L.P.

Risk Management Solutions names chief technology officer

By: Shelby Livingston

Published January 20, 2015 - 11:33am CST

Catastrophe modeling company Risk Management Solutions Inc. has named Cory Isaacson as chief technology officer, the company said Tuesday.

Willis names Phil Smaje to lead U.K. broking strategy

By: Sarah Veysey

Published January 20, 2015 - 9:48am CST

Phil Smaje on Tuesday was named to the newly created role of chief broking officer for Willis GB, the unit of Willis Group Holdings P.L.C. that includes its U.K. retail insurance, facultative and London specialty businesses.

Dermot O'Donohoe to head Hamilton Insurance operations at Lloyd's

By: Sarah Veysey

Published January 20, 2015 - 9:28am CST

Hamilton Insurance Group Ltd. has appointed Dermot O'Donohoe to lead the company's operations at Lloyd's of London.

Talent retention will be a key challenge in XL, Catlin merger

By: Sarah Veysey And Mark A. Hofmann

Published January 18, 2015 - 6:00am CST

The need to retain key staff members and the business they generate will be a key challenge in the merger of XL Group P.L.C. and Catlin Group Ltd.

XL, Catlin merger prompts series of executive changes

By: Sarah Veysey

Published January 18, 2015 - 6:00am CST

A series of executive changes are expected following the merger of XL Group P.L.C. and Catlin Group Ltd.

UP CLOSE: Mary Jane Pickens

Published January 18, 2015 - 6:00am CST

CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA-BASED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Q&A: Deborah A.P. Hersman, National Safety Council

Published January 18, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Deborah A.P. Hersman became president and CEO of the National Safety Council in March 2014. Based in Itasca, Illinois, the nonprofit organization works to prevent injuries and fatalities at work and in homes and communities. Prior to joining the National Safety Council, Ms. Hersman served on the National Transportation Safety Board and was its chairman from 2009 to 2013. Citing her desire to help ...

Secura Insurance promotes Dominick Mongarella to director of risk management

By: Shelby Livingston

Published January 16, 2015 - 10:51am CST

Appleton, Wisconsin-based Secura Insurance Cos. has promoted Dominick Mongarella to director of risk management.

Dallas Salisbury to step down as head of Employee Benefit Research Institute

By: Jerry Geisel

Published January 15, 2015 - 10:42am CST

Dallas Salisbury, the first and only head of the Employee Benefit Research Institute since the organization was launched in 1978, will relinquish that position at the end of 2015 and become EBRI's president emeritus.

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