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Comings & Goings



Chicago-based Aon Corp. has named William M. Choate executive vp in charge of the middle market and head of Aon Risk Services' Southern region in Charlotte, N.C. Previously, he was a managing director and senior vp at Wachovia Insurance Services.

Houston-based U.S. Risk Brokers has appointed James C. Dalton as senior broker. Previously, he was director, corporate liability for Seitlin.

William Butler has joined Lockton Cos. L.L.C. as senior vp and producer in Atlanta. Most recently, he was managing director and the Southeast region leader for Aon Financial Services Group.

Also at Lockton, Rodger Laurite has been named senior vp and unit manager in Atlanta. Before joining Lockton, he was senior vp and team leader for Aon Financial Services Group.

West Point, Ga.-based J. Smith Lanier & Co. has named Philip Saussy senior vp and benefits practice leader. Before his promotion, he was a vp.


Brighton, Mich.-based LifeSecure Insurance Co. has named Graham Smith director of sales and marketing. Before joining the long-term care insurer, he was director of marketing and product development at Care Choices.

Haier New York Life Insurance Co. Ltd., the Shanghai-based joint venture between New York Life Insurance Co. and China's Haier Group, has named Xiaoxia Zhao president and chief executive officer. Most recently, Mr. Zhao was director of the board and executive vp for AXA-Minmetals Assurance Co. Ltd.

Jeff Aycock has joined Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. as a senior account executive for the major accounts division in Tampa, Fla. Previously, he was vp of national claims for Unisource Administrators.

Joseph Lughes Jr. has joined Duluth, Ga.-based Maxum Specialty Insurance Group as president and chief operating officer of Maxum Indemnity Co. and Maxum Casualty Insurance Co. Mr. Lughes previously was president of Western Heritage Insurance Co.

New York-based NYMAGIC INC has appointed Craig S. Lowenthal as senior vp and chief information officer. Previously, he was a managing principal and CIO for Integro Ltd.

Beazley Group P.L.C. in Farmington, Conn., has named Carmela O'Neal senior underwriter for the Eastern region of the United States. Previously, she was assistant vp and manager for the property and machinery breakdown practice for Chubb Corp.


New York-based Guy Carpenter & Co. L.L.C. has appointed Julia Chu managing director and casualty solutions architect in the firm's casualty specialty practice. Previously, she was a vp at Aon Re.

Willis Re has appointed Doug May as executive vp. Mr. May will manage Willis Re's new office in Seattle. Before joining Willis, he was a managing director at Guy Carpenter.

Managed care:

Blue Care Network of Michigan has appointed Laurie Westfall chief operating officer Blue Care Network, the Southfield, Mich.-based HMO subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Previously, she was chief operations officer and local integrity officer for Care Choices.

Detroit-based Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has appointed Robert Milewski as senior vp of contracting and hospital relations. He previously served as president and CEO of Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center.

Other providers:

Chevy Chase, Md.-based Victor O. Schinnerer & Co. Inc. has named Alexandra Littlejohn executive vp, strategic business development leader. Previously, she was a managing principal at Integro Ltd.