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Business Insurance staff changes

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Business Insurance has added to its advertising staff and promoted an editorial staffer.

Bob Raidt joins the magazine as advertising director in New York, and Kevin Edison, formerly directory editor, has been promoted to research director in Chicago.

Mr. Raidt's responsibilities include directing Business Insurance's sales staff; coordinating advertising sales for print, www.BusinessInsurance.com, BI's show daily editions at major industry events; as well as other special projects. He also will develop sales among major consulting and technology firms.

Before joining BI, Mr. Raidt was publishing director Treasury & Risk Management and Credit Union Times magazines at WICKS Business Information L.L.C.

Prior to that, he was advertising director at American Banker, which is published by SourceMedia Inc., a company that formerly was known as Thomson Media.

Before that, Mr. Raidt was advertising director of The Deal L.L.C., part of American Lawyer Media, and held various positions at The New York Times.

He can be reached at 212-210-0133 and at braidt@businessinsurance.com.

Mr. Edison joined the magazine in 1999 as directory editor, with responsibility for BI's in-publication rankings and online directories of insurance industry companies, the annual Directory of Buyers and annual Market Sourcebook. In addition to those duties, Mr. Edison as research director will develop and manage various industry data projects to support BI's editorial and online products.

Before joining BI, he was research coordinator for the Donors Forum of Chicago, a nonprofit association that produces the Directory of Illinois Foundations and the Members and Forum Partners Directory. Previously, he conducted research at the Human Capital Research Corp. and ABT Associates, both in Chicago.

Prior to that, Mr. Edison was research editor for Chain Store Guide, a New York-based publication covering the chain store industry, and was research coordinator for Jacques Cattell Press in New York.

He received bachelor of arts degrees in political science and history from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Mr. Edison can be reached at 312-649-5279 and at kedison@businessinsurance.com.