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Comings & Goings



Atlanta-based Beecher Carlson has named Michael Suter as senior vp to manage the California Medical Group Insurance Co., Risk Retention Group in Los Angeles. Before joining Beecher Carlson, he was a vp in Aon Corp.'s national health care practice.

William Gallagher Associates has added Bradway G. Widing to its Boston office as senior vp in the property/casualty group. Previously, he was an account executive with Willis Group Holdings Ltd.

Chicago-based Aon Corp. has named Carlos A. Oliveras as a managing director of its U.S. mergers and acquisitions group. Before joining Aon, he was president and chief executive officer of CAO Advisors.


Waterbury, Conn.-based Webster Insurance, a subsidiary of Webster Financial Corp., has appointed Peter B. Matthews senior vp and business finance officer. Previously, he was a financial officer with CIGNA Corp.

Praetorian Financial Group has named Jason G. Holmes as senior vp and property practice leader in New York. Before joining Praetorian, he was a senior vp at GEP II, an affiliate of Global Excess Partners, where he was responsible for underwriting all lines of property business.

Schaumburg, Ill.-based Zurich North America has promoted John LaGrassa to senior vp and director of ceded reinsurance for North America. Previously, he was vp of reinsurance.

New York-based American International Group Inc. has named Anastasia D. Kelly executive vp, general counsel and senior regulatory and compliance officer. Most recently, she was executive vp and general counsel of MCI/WorldCom.

ACE Ltd. has named Lori Samson chief administration officer for Bermuda-based operations. She assumes the administrative responsibilities of Keith White, executive officer of the Bermuda companies, who will retire at the end of the year. Previously, she was executive services director.

Joseph Morrello has joined Beazley Group P.L.C.'s U.S. mid-market commercial property team as eastern region underwriting manager in Farmington, Conn. He joined Beazley from FM Global/Affiliated FM Insurance Co., where he held the role of operations vp.


Cooper Gay Intermediaries L.L.C., the U.S. treaty reinsurance broking arm of Cooper Gay (Holdings) Ltd., has named Michael S. Joyce as executive vp in the Minneapolis office. He joins the company from John B. Collins Associates, where he was a director.

Managed care:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has named Ken Dallafior, president and CEO of LifeSecure, the company's long-term care subsidiary, to a new position as senior vp, group sales, for the managed care company. Succeeding Mr. Dallafior at LifeSecure as president and CEO is E. Lisa Wendt, who previously was a vp.

Other providers:

The Tillinghast unit of Towers Perrin has named Steve Taylor-Gooby as managing director for its Tillinghast business. In his new role, he will assume responsibility for establishing overall strategic direction, key investment priorities and positioning for Tillinghast's global organization. Previously, he was the global business director.

Wil Gaitan has been named Buck Consultants' regional manager for Latin America. He will continue to lead New York-based Buck Consultants' global consulting practice in the Midwest region, and will remain in the Chicago office.

Memphis, Tenn.-based Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. has appointed William A. Houlihan as chief financial officer. Previously, he was CFO of Metris Cos. Inc.

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