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William J. Mudge was named to the newly created position of president and chief operating officer of Golden Eagle Insurance Corp., the San Diego-based insurer that Liberty Mutual Group assumed control of last August.

Previously, Mr. Mudge was chief underwriting officer at Industrial Indemnity Co. and COO of the insurer's California workers compensation operations.

In other insurer changes:

William O. Bailey, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Terra Nova (Bermuda) Holdings Ltd. in Hamilton, Bermuda, will retire from the company next May. At that time, John J. Dwyer, deputy chairman and president of Terra Nova's Bermuda operating company, will become chairman of the holding company, and Nigel Rogers, deputy chairman and managing director of Octavian Syndicate Management, Terra Nova's Lloyd's of London operating company, will become president and CEO.

John N. Molbeck will join HCC Insurance Holdings Inc. in Houston as its president in January. He is a senior executive with Aon Group Inc. and succeeds interim President Frank J. Bramanti, who will concentrate his efforts on mergers, acquisitions and corporate financing.

Armin W. Blumberg named president and CEO of Carolina Casualty Insurance Co., the Jacksonville, Fla.-based subsidiary of W.R. Berkley Corp. Mr. Blumberg, formerly president and CEO of Nautilus Insurance Co. and Great Divide Insurance Co., both subsidiaries of W.R. Berkley, succeeds Michael J. Snead, who was named chairman of Berkley subsidiaries Admiral Insurance Co. and Nautilus. Thomas M. Kuzma, vp-property/casualty underwriting at Nautilus, succeeds Mr. Blumberg.

K. Bruce Connell named executive vp of EXEL Ltd. in Hamilton, Bermuda, with responsibilities for the company's reinsurance operations. It is a new position.


Jamie Cunningham named chief administrative officer of Willis Corroon Corp., southwest region in Phoenix, and chief operating officer of Willis Corroon Corp. of Arizona.

J. Douglas Strohl joined the Charleston, S.C., office of Palmer & Cay as vp in the firm's commercial insurance division. Mr. Strohl previously served as senior vp and account executive at Alexander & Alexander Services Inc. and Johnson & Higgins.

Joe Labetti named managing director of the U.S. risk control consulting division of Sedgwick Inc. in Memphis, Tenn. Mr. Labetti formerly was with the Travelers Insurance Co.

Also at Sedgwick, James K. O'Reilly Sr. was named chairman of the newly formed gaming division and gaming industry focus group for Sedgwick of Nevada Inc. in Las Vegas. Previously, Mr. O'Reilly was vp-gaming industry division for Aon Group in Las Vegas.

Frank Beard named president and managing executive of Sedgwick of Georgia Inc. in Atlanta. Mr. Beard succeeds Frank Kinnett, who was named CEO and vice chairman of the Georgia operations.


James A. Crowe named chief information officer of Constitution Reinsurance Corp. in New York.

Stephen Breen named senior vp-aviation underwriting at Risk Capital Reinsurance Co. in Greenwich, Conn. Previously, Mr. Breen was with Willis Faber North America as a broker in the aviation and space insurance and reinsurance industry.

Rob Lee Womack Jr. named senior vp in the underwriting division of LaSalle Re Ltd. in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Sam McCroskey joined American Re-Insurance Co. in Princeton, N.J., as vp with responsibilities for developing domestic insurance company operations opportunities within the Am-Re Financial Products unit.

Michael D. Schnur, managing director of Guy Carpenter & Co. Inc., named head of the reinsurance intermediary's Chicago office. Previously, Mr. Schnur was executive vp of Aon Re Inc.

W. Thompson Barberi, Robert W. Colantuoni and James J. Farrelly named vps at Odyssey Reinsurance Corp. in New York.

Rick Pagnani joined Swiss Re America in New York as director of the professional services unit in the company's alternative risk transfer division and is a member of senior management. Mr. Pagnani previously was a senior vp in charge of Zurich Reinsurance Centre's professional liability treaty department.

Romain Durand named managing director of SCOR Vie, SCOR's life reinsurance division in Paris. Previously, Mr. Durand was chairman and managing director of La Baloise France.

David Scherr joined Cologne Life Re in Stamford, Conn., as vp and corporate actuary. He previously was head of the U.S. corporate actuarial department of Swiss Re.

Other suppliers

Robert D. Morlot joined Deloitte & Touche L.L.P.'s human resources strategies group to lead its Tri-State region learning and development practice in New York. Previously, Mr. Morlot held senior management positions with Andersen Consulting and Development Dimensions International.

Thomas J. Brown named chief executive of the World Insurance Network, the London-based electronic network jointly owned by the world's four largest insurance brokers. Mr. Brown, formerly managing director of Royal Insurance Global Ltd., succeeds Richard Wales and David Evans, who were acting co-chief executives.

Dr. Robert S. Epstein named chief medical officer and senior vp of Merck-Medco Managed Care L.L.C. in Montvale, N.J.

Edward P. Holleran named executive vp of field operations for Presidium Inc., the San Francisco-based fully integrated supplier of disability management services.