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>> Marc Mathijsen has been appointed as head of corporate insurable risks management at ING Group. He will be in charge of the management of the company's global insurance programs and captives within the context of Basel II and operational risks capital relief through insurance mitigation. Mr. Mathijsen will divide his time between Brussels and Amsterdam. He is a board member of the Belgian Risk Managers Association, BELRIM. Sabine Desantoine will take over Mr. Mathijsen's previous position as insurable risks manager for southwest Europe.

>> The Federation of European Risk Management Associations has elected Fernand de Winter of the Belgian risk management association BELRIM, as treasurer, and Pierre Sonigo of French association l'Association pour le Management de Risques de l'Assurance et des Entreprises as secretary general. The Polish risk management association, PolRisk, and the Swedish risk management association, SWERMA, were accepted as members of FERMA last month. These associations have mandated Rafal Rudnicki—PolRisk's board president, and risk and insurance manager at Raben Group in Poznan, Poland, and Lassi Väisänen-chief risk officer of Helsinki-based Telia Sonera Finland Oyj and the Risk Managers Association of Finland—to serve as directors. Stoian Lilov, chief executive of Bulgarian BRIMA and risk manager of telecommunications company BTC AD and Hans Brandt, director of SWERMA, and corporate risk and insurance manager of Veolia Transport Northern Europe A.B.—a unit of Paris-based Veolia Transportation Inc.-also join as directors.


>> London-based Ascot Underwriting Ltd. has made two new appointments. Neil Dalton has joined as head of claims from Lloyd's of London, where he was senior claims manager in the franchise performance team. Andy Crichton has joined as treaty underwriter from Catlin Bermuda, a unit of Catlin Group Ltd., where he was senior catastrophe reinsurance underwriter.

>> Lloyd's of London has appointed Jose Ribeiro as director of international markets and business development. Mr. Ribeiro's appointment completes the creation of Lloyd's senior management team for its international coverage. He will be responsible for promoting the market internationally, discerning new business opportunities and monitoring emerging markets. Mr. Ribeiro will manage international operations in Europe, Asia, Australasia, Africa and South America. He will work with newly appointed director, market operations and North America, Sue Langley. He has joined from London-based Willis Group Holdings Ltd. where he was managing director for Latin America and a member of Willis International's management team.


>> Gallagher Re, Inc., subsidiary of Itasca, Illinois-based Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has appointed Mark Flower as chief actuary for its U.K. operations. He joins from London-based brokerage RK Carvill & Co. Ltd. where he was actuarial director. Mr. Flower will be based in London, and will be responsible for the international analytics team. He will also focus on the development and coordination of the firm's analytical capabilities across all business lines worldwide, but excluding the United States.

>> Frank Rieder has joined London-based Benfield Group Ltd. as senior vice president in its international reinsurance and nonmarine retrocession team. He was previously executive vice president and board member at Cooper Gay North America. He will be based in Benfield' s New York office.

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>> Chicago-based litigation firm Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd L.L.P. has recruited Michael Hassan as partner. Mr. Hassan will join the business litigation group which serves the firm's insurance and reinsurance clients. He previously spent more than 30 years at Chicago-based law firm Lord, Bissell & Brook L.L.P.

>> EMB Consultancy L.L.P., Europe's largest nonlife actuarial consultancy, has recruited Duncan Anderson as a partner. Mr. Anderson joins from Watson Wyatt Worldwide, where he was global nonlife leader. He is also a specialist personal lines pricing actuary and has worked for clients in 30 countries. Mr. Anderson described EMB as "global market leaders" in his area of expertise. He will be based in EMB's headquarters in Epsom, England.