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Klonk named head of Council of Employee Benefits Executives


WASHINGTON—Robert J. Klonk has been named chair of the Council of Employee Benefits Executives, the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers announced Wednesday.

Mr. Klonk, who had been serving as CEBE vice chair, succeeds Vinnie Daboul, who resigned as CEBE chair in December after changing companies. Mr. Klonk is president and chief sales officer of Cleveland-based Oswald Cos.

“Bob is a candid and effective advocate of the broker role within the employer-provided health care system,” said Ken A. Crerar, president and CEO of the Washington-based council, in a statement. “His leadership will be an asset to driving the initiatives of CEBE, which are aimed at evolving and sustaining the role of benefits brokers and the expertise they provide to American businesses to make smart decisions for their workforces in this complex health care reform environment.”

The CEBE is a standing committee of the council, representing the benefits business interests of council member firms.

Mr. Klonk will serve as CEBE chair through the 2013 Employee Benefits Leadership Forum. Tim Byrne, vp and partner at Madison, Wis.-based M3 Insurance Solutions Inc., has been appointed CEBE vice chair.