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Gary H. Cooper was named president and chief executive officer of Willis Corroon Group P.L.C.'s U.S. wholesale operations and will be relocating to Nashville, Tenn., from Houston, where he was regional director of Willis Corroon's Texas operations and president and CEO of its Houston retail office. Mr. Cooper succeeds Kenneth H. Pinkston, chairman and CEO of the brokerage, who was acting president and CEO of the wholesale operation. And, Elliott M. Jones was named president and CEO of Stewart Smith Mid America Inc., one of Willis Corroon's wholesale operations in Chicago.
Also at Willis Corroon, Richard Chappell recently was named to the new position of president of Willis Corroon Construction and will have offices in Nashville and Phoenix. Mr. Chappell was previously national director of Alexander & Alexander Services Inc.'s U.S. construction practice.
In other brokerage changes:
Charles Bretz joined Near North Insurance Brokerage Inc. as a vp in its national health care practice in Chicago. Previously, Mr. Bretz was president of Boockford & Co., which was acquired by Mesirow Financial.
Frank Katz joined the Charlotte, N.C., office of Palmer & Cay as vp in the firm's commercial insurance division. For the past 11 years, Mr. Katz held management positions with Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc. and Johnson & Higgins.
Michael B. Mattox named senior vp in the Nashville, Tenn., office of Sedgwick James of Tennessee Inc.
Michael Pokora joined Itasca, Ill.-based Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.'s global national accounts division as vp-production.
W. Preston Hutchings named senior vp and chief investment officer of Hamilton, Bermuda-based Mid Ocean Reinsurance Co. Ltd.
Bruce Sundquist joined American Re-Insurance Co. in Princeton, N.J., as vp-health care claims with responsibilities for American Re's workers compensation and massive injury claims unit. Previously, Mr. Sundquist was vp and chief operating officer of CNA Cost Management Division of CNA Risk Management.
Valerie Butt joined Centre Reinsurance Cos. in San Francisco as vp. Previously, Ms. Butt was a risk management consultant with Hewlett-Packard Co.
James C. Franson joined Odyssey Reinsurance Corp. in New York as vp-professional liability/corporate products. Most recently, Mr. Franson was vp-financial services at Minet Inc.
John W. Bisbee named vp-sales and marketing for Consumer Health Network, a Piscataway, N.J.-based preferred provider organization. Also, Robert L. Cafone named vp-network development.
David J. Randall, who served as deputy director for The Ohio Department of Insurance since 1991, is now senior vp at The Emerald Health Network Inc. in Cleveland.
Dr. Rene Lerer named senior vp of Newark, N.J.-based Prudential HealthCare, with responsibilities for all health plan operations and network development across the country.
Robert Glaser named vp-corporate development for WellPoint Health Networks Inc. in Woodland Hills, Calif.
Tom Taylor joined United HealthCare of California Inc. as vp-sales and marketing in San Francisco.
Joseph Tomaselli named vp-commercial account sales for the Northeast region of Green Spring Health Services Inc., the Columbia, Md.-based mental health and substance abuse benefit management company.
Catherine B. Campbell named vp-marketing.
Joseph Rampone named senior vp-operations at NYLCare Health Plans Inc. in New York.
Scott Navarro joined Delta Dental Plan of New Jersey Inc. as vp-professional services and dental director in Parsippany, N.J.
John Moreno named executive vp and national director of client development for Sedgwick Noble Lowndes in Memphis, Tenn.
Matthew W. Kaplan named president and CEO of U.S. Care Inc., a Santa Monica, Calif.-based long-term care management company.
Pamela Kehaly named vp-sales support, large group, for Blue Cross of California in Woodland Hills, and Scott Henick named vp-national accounts.
Ralph Bohannon named principal and systems consultant, and John McGlone named principal and administrative consultant, for Buck Consultants Inc. in Secaucus, N.J.
Randy Dulin named chief marketing and sales officer for FutureHealth Corp., a Timonium, Md.-based patient risk management firm.
Pam Lockowitz named president of MMI Risk Management Resources Inc., a Deerfield, Ill.-based health care risk management consulting company. Rich Linden named senior vp-information systems and services at the parent company, MMI Cos. Inc., and Merrilee Hepler named senior vp-human resources.
Alan Routhenstein joined Tillinghast-Towers Perrin and will lead the actuarial and risk management consulting firm's new investment risk and derivative strategy practice in New York.
Elizabeth Propp named vp of the Healthcare Financial Management Assn.'s Washington office. Previously, Ms. Propp was CFO of Baylor Medical Center in Irving, Texas.
Mort Gitelis named president of USA Medical Services, a Miami-based third-party administrator. Yolanda Shea named vp-group sales.