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Eric Muller-Borle

Eric Muller-Borle

Global Benefits Vision founder and expert in global compensation & employee benefits, global mobility and insurance at large. A former industry executive and management consultant, Eric leads a team dedicated to provide accurate, high value business information to today's practitioners.

Since November 2014, Industrial Alliance is a network partner in Canada for Allianz Global Benefits Network. Industrial Alliance has operations in Canada and in the United States and offers group health, dental, optical, disability and life covers, as well as individual products. Industrial Alliance is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

A new member of the AXA group, Mansard Insurance plc is the new Insurope network member in Nigeria. Mansard is a composite, generalist insurance carrier offering life and non-life insurance to individuals, corporations and institutions. Through subsidiaries, it also offers pensions, asset management and health maintenance solutions.  

EB growing in Turkey’s private sector, attracting major players Ms. Sema Gökdemir joined Towers Watson (TW), now WTW (Willis Towers Watson) in Turkey to lead its newly launched employee benefits consulting division, focusing on healthcare, life and retirement. TW’s move is in response to the rapid growth in employee benefits offered to private-sector Turkish employees. Sema Gökdemir has 17 years of experience in local and international employee benefits and

Mansard Insurance, a leader in the Nigerian employee benefits market, joins the MAXIS Global Benefits Network as a result of the acquisition by AXA of 100%  of Assur African holdings, which holds a 77% stake in Mansard Insurance plc. Through this acquisition, AXA has become the #4 insurance player in Nigeria. Interestingly, Mansard announced its joining of the Insurope pooling network on May 29, 2015.

In March 2015, Fabrice Maraval was appointed Chief Financial and Insurance Officer of April Group, in charge of financial and technical activities on a global basis, as well as M&A, legal, and control of April Group’s insurance companies. Fabrice began his career with AXA, then spent 13 years with CNP Assurances, France’s #1 life insurer, lastly as CEO of CNP Caution, providing individual and professionals sureties.

Margrit Schmid leaves Swiss Life. Her future position was unknown as of early May 2015. Margrit was the CEO of the Swiss Life pooling network and the head of Head Corporate Clients for Swiss Life International since June 2006. She had joined Swiss Life in 1998. Although no comment was offered upon her leaving, it is likely that the forthcoming relocation of Swiss Life’s global employee benefits operations to

Lockton hosts its Global Benefits Forum May 4 – 6, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. This annual event brings together employee benefits professionals from around the globe interested in enhancing their international benefits acumen. The event provides continuing education credits for attendees with professional designations such as Global Professional in Human Resources.

Cigna in April 2015 named Javier Cano as managing director of its global healthcare benefits business in Europe. While he continues to be based in Madrid, Javier leads a team operating across Europe with three key operational hubs located in the U.K., Belgium, and Spain. He joined Cigna in 2006 as sales director, having been previously with Oliver Wyman (Marsh McLennan group). He holds an MBA from INSEAD and

On April 1, 2015, Generali appointed three new regional Chief Executive Officers: Jack Howell for Asia, Antonio Cassio dos Santos for the Americas, and Jaime Anchustegui for the EMEA region. Jack Howell, 44, a U.S. citizen, holds an MBA from the University of Chicago School of Business. Howell worked for AIG, where he held several positions including Deputy Chairman of Strategic Operations and Chairman and CEO of Philam Plans,

Cigna in January 2015 released Cigna Compass, a new application based on predictive algorithms to guide U.S. health plan customers in building their own personal health care team of practitioners and save money. Cigna Compass synthesizes data related to a consumer’s medical plan use, biometric data, incentive information, claims history, and coaching program involvement to improve health and lower health-care costs. It guides customers to stay in-network and choose

In a January 2015, Cigna-commissioned “360° Well-Being” survey of motivations, perceptions, and attitudes toward overall “well-being” among the general public in Asia and other international markets, Hong Kong ranked last—and China led the pack. Countries surveyed in the Asia-Pacific region included South Korea, Thailand, and New Zealand. Hong Kongers perceive themselves as performing “poorly” across all health and well-being categories compared to other markets.

Mimi Gigoux was appointed EVP Human Resources at Criteo in October 2014, with responsibility for all HR operations worldwide, reporting to Eric Eichmann, President and COO and succeeding Antoine Mingalon. She is based in San Francisco, CA. Founded and headquartered in Paris, France, Criteo is a technology firm focusing on optimizing online advertising performance. As of April 2015, it has over 1500 employees in 15 offices across the world.

Mr. Jonathan Mindell was appointed Executive Director by broker JLT Benefits in September 2014, joining from Mercer where he led Operations for the Europe and Pacific regions. Jonathan Mindell is based in London, UK. He has 31 years of experience, including 24 in insurance.

Nick Bushell was appointed head of Healthcare and Risk by broker JLT Benefits in August 2014, based in London, UK and joining from Lorica where he led sales.