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NEW YORK-Linda H. Lamel has been named executive director of the Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc., replacing Eugene Ricci, who is retiring.

Ms. Lamel joins New York-based RIMS this week, leaving her position as a principal specializing in insurance-related projects with Management Consulting Services in South Orange, N.J.

"The world of risk management has changed and continues to change," Ms. Lamel said. "Gene Ricci has structured a sound organization, and now it's ready to go on to bigger and better things."

Ms. Lamel said education will be among her priorities.

"RIMS will benefit from Linda's extensive experience in the industry," Louis J. Drapeau, RIMS president, said in a statement. "Her administrative, legislative and management skills are consistent with the RIMS agenda."

A familiar figure in the insurance industry, Ms. Lamel served as president of The College of Insurance from 1983 to 1988. She then was vp of the Teachers Insurance & Annuity Assn.-College Retirement Equities Fund for eight years before joining Management Consulting Services. She also was deputy superintendent of the New York State Insurance Department from 1977 to 1983 and was chief of staff to New York's lieutenant governor from 1975 to 1977.

Mr. Ricci will retire this month after more than six years as executive director. He joined RIMS in 1991 from CIGNA Service Co. in Philadelphia, where he was in charge of facilities management and administrative and support services. Prior to that, he was president of Philadelphia-based Insurance Co. of North America.

During his tenure, RIMS' membership held steady as mergers and acquisitions and other trends thinned the ranks of risk managers. The number of chapters increased to 96 from 87 while he held the post.

Ms. Lamel is only the third executive director of the 47-year-old society. Ron Judd led the organization for 24 years before Mr. Ricci.