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>> Zurich Financial Services has named Mario Vitale as chief executive of its Global Corporate North American operations. Previously, he was chief executive officer at Willis North America, a subsidiary of London-based Willis Group Holdings. Mr. Vitale was replaced as CEO of Willis North America by Don Bailey. Previously, Mr. Bailey was chief operating officer at Willis North America.

>> Sterling Insurance Group Ltd. has named Tony Pritchard as director and chief operating officer. Previously, Mr. Pritchard was on the board of HBOS General Insurance.

>> Brit Insurance Holdings P.L.C. has named Janet Henderson as head of the North American professional liability underwriting team. Ms. Henderson, who joined Brit Insurance in March 2003, replaces Richard Hardingham, who is retiring. Brit said that it plans to grow its North American professional liability book significantly over the next few years.

>> Greenlight Reinsurance Ltd. has named Brendan Barry senior vice president and underwriter. Before joining the Cayman Island's based reinsurer, he was vice president structured risk underwriter for Platinum Underwriters Bermuda Ltd.


>> Aon Re Global, a unit of Chicago based Aon Corp, named Elliot Richardson as head of its global cedant facultative reinsurance activities in London. Previously, he was head of facultative reinsurance at Benfield Group P.L.C. and he will be joining Aon as soon as his employment with Benfield comes to an end.

>> Also, Aon Risk Management Solutions named Clemens Philippi as business director at its London-based Japan Group U.K. Previously Mr. Philippi was senior relationship manager Japan for Aon's captive consulting unit, IRMG.

>> Aon Corp has anamed Carlos Oliveras as managing director of its U.S. mergers and acquisitions group in New York. Previously, he was chief executive officer of CAO Advisors.

>> Alexander Forbes Ltd. has named Peter Mitchell as head of its corporate risk solutions division in Manchester, England. Previously Mr. Mitchell was at Heath Lambert Group and Aon Ltd.

>> London-based RFIB Group Ltd has named Dermot Reilly as divisional director. He has joined RFIB, the Lloyd's of London-based insurance and reinsurance broker, to develop the company's capabilities in financial risk and bancassurance-related products.

>> Marsh Ltd., part of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., has named Colin Howells as northern regional sales leader at its risk trading practice. Marsh has also named Gary Flynn as client executive in Newcastle, England. Previously, Mr. Flynn was a client executive at Arnott Insurance in Durham, England, and before that he was an account executive for Aon Ltd. in Newcastle.

>> Integro Ltd. has named Andrew Starnes as a principle in the property practice based in its San Francisco office. Previously he was Western region manager of business development at Allianz Global Risks U.S.

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>> London-based auditing and consultancy company Grant Thornton UK L.L.P. has named Ipe Jacob as senior partner within the financial markets group. He will concentrate on growing the advisory and transactions practice, focusing on restructuring in the run-off division. Previously, he was head of the company's financial markets group. Grant Thornton named Ian Gorham as Mr. Jacob's replacement. Mr. Gorham was named managing partner and head of its financial markets group. Previously, Mr. Gorham was partner at Grant Thornton's financial markets group. At the same time, Grant Thornton has named Peter Allen as deputy managing partner.

>> Electronic trading platform RI3K has named James Read as marketing manager. Previously, Mr. Reed was at Willis Group Holding and Aon Ltd. in London.

>> AXA S.A. has announced the appointment of Jean-Raymond Abat as chairman for its Spanish insurance activities. Mr. Abat is group regional chief executive officer for AXA's Mediterranean region, which includes Spain, Italy, Portugal, Morocco, the Persian Gulf and Lebanon. In addition, Javier de Agustin, currently CEO of AXA Seguros, will be appointed CEO of AXA's insurance activities in Spain.