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MAXIS Global Benefits Network in August 2019 announced the appointment of Aaron Brown to the new role of Regional Manager UK & Ireland. Aaron will be reporting to David Schupak, Regional Director, Western Europe, Middle East & Africa, and leading a team of seven employee benefits experts who work with MAXIS GBN’s strategic partners (brokers, consultants and local member insurers) to develop employee benefit solutions for UK and Irish

Generali Employee Benefits (GEB) in October 2019 announced the promotion of Christian Keller to Head of the newly created Marketing and Distribution department, based in Luxembourg. Christian previously was the Regional Manager EMEA – Central Europe for GEB. His earlier positions were with Allianz and included Regional Director Germany/ Switzerland/ Austria and southern Europe at Allianz Global Benefits; CEO of My Finance Coach Stiftung, an Allianz subsidiary; Managing Director

Global broker Gallagher in September 2019 announced the appointment of Antonia Feldman as a Senior International Benefits Analyst in Gallagher’s Research & Publications department. She will be working on GVISOR with focus primarily on the EMEA region. She has experience in global employee benefits and has previously worked as a Market Intelligence Research Associate and Global Benefits Researcher for Willis Towers Watson. She began her career as Communications Specialist

German IT firm Retarus announced the appointment of Valeska Spindler as HR Manager International, based in Munich, Germany. She joins Retarus from broker Profion where she worked as HR & Benefits Consultant for international corporate clients, after starting her career in the same company as Executive Management Assistant and Consultant for HR Services. Valeska holds a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) in International Business from Hochschule Heilbronn, Germany, with a

Aleksandra Klaic in September 2019 joined the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as head of Global Rewards, based in Geneva, Switzerland. She joins the ICRC from Sanofi where she was Head of Compensation and Benefits for the Consumer Healthcare division; M&A and Head of Benefits for the Asia, Japan-Pacific, AMEE (Africa, Middle East and Eastern Europe), and Latin America regions; and International Benefits Manager. Prior to Sanofi,

Internet registrar and web hosting firm GoDaddy in September 2019 announced the appointment of Yasemin Sezgin as their new Director Compensation & Benefits EMEA, based in London, UK. Yasemin joins from Fox International Channels where she was Director Compensation & Benefits for Europe & Africa. Prior to Fox, she worked for Yıldız Holding as Head of Global Reward and HRIS; Goodyear Lastikleri as Compensation & Benefits Manager; Nestle Turkey

Caroline Bohan in September 2019 was promoted Associate Director, Compensation and Benefits, at Dublin, Ireland-based Jazz Pharmaceuticals. She previously was Senior Manager, Compensation and Benefits, at Jazz. Earlier in her career, she worked for Deloitte Ireland as Reward and Benefits Manager; Boots Ireland as Reward Manager; Novartis as Regional HR Services Expert in Dublin;  Alkermes as Compensation Analyst and Systems Administrator; Elan as HR Associate, Compensation & Benefits; Bank

Gallagher in August 2019 announced the appointment of Christine L. Hoehne, GPHR, CEBS as Area Senior Vice President in Global Benefits & HR Consulting. She joins Gallagher from Swiss Life Global Solutions where she was Vice President and Regional Director at Swiss Life Network. Previously, she had worked for Arthur J. Gallagher as Area Vice President, Multinational Benefits & HR Consulting for the Western Region; Lockton as Assistant Vice

Saudi insurance carrier Tawuniya in September 2019 announced the appointment of Sulaiman Al Amri as Head of Brokers Management and International Partnerships. Sulaiman joins Tawuniya from Willis Towers Watson where he was Executive Director for Riyadh and Jeddah; Branch Manager in Riyadh; and Health and Benefits Manager in Khobar, Saudi Arabia. Previously, he worked for AXA as Customer Service Manager in Riyadh; American Express as Unit Head Corporate Service

Willis Towers Watson (WTW) in September 2019 announced the promotion of Sylvie Girbal to Rewards Offer Leader, based in Paris, France. She previously was Associate Director – Rewards at WTW in Paris. Earlier in her career, she worked as Rewards Manager for TV channel TF1; Compensation and Benefits Manager at retailer Marionnaud ; Compensation and Benefits Specialist at Groupe Casino; Rewards Consultant at Towers Watson; HR controller at Klépierre

Sina Gayot in September 2019 was promoted Total Rewards Senior Manager EMEA at biotech company Lonza, based in Basel, Switzerland. She previously was Total Rewards Partner EMEA at Lonza. Earlier in her career, she worked her way up from HR Assistant for Corporate Functions to Expert Global Benefits at Syngenta. Previously, she had been with Novartis as a Training Event Planner; Fairmont-Raffles-Swissotel as HR Manager; and Maybourne Hotel Group

Sao Paolo, Brazil-based broker Harmonia Corretora de Seguros in September 2019 promoted Ana Carolina Lima Conduta Izzo to Vice President of Health and Benefits. Harmonia is part of the Howden Broking Group. Ana Carolina previously was Harmonia’s Director of Benefits, a position she retains. She holds a post-graduate degree in Dental Implants from Universidade de São Paulo, in Sao Paolo, Brazil; and attended the Program for Management Development at

Jennifer Arms Hamilton in September 2019 joined Sequoia Consulting Group as Director of Global Consulting. Her previous positions include Lockton, where she was a Global Benefits Consultant; Zurich North America as a Regional Benefit Executive and a Business Analyst; she began her career as an Account Representative for multinational pooling network Insurope. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies from

Generali in September 2019 implemented a new organization for its Generali Country Italy and Global Business Lines division. The business unit includes multinational pooling network Generali Employee Benefits (GEB) and Generali Global Health (GGH). The full press release is available here. Marco Sesana, Country Manager & CEO of Generali Italia and Global Business Lines, intends to focus on international corporate business development with a “new, faster and more agile

Robert “Bob” Reiff in July 2019 became senior vice president of distribution for Lincoln Financial Group’s group protection business in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2015, he had taken on the role of President of Lockton Benefit Group, the company’s national employee benefits practice, after being Chief Operating Officer of their St. Louis operation. Prior to joining Lockton, Bob was with The Hartford as Vice President and Director of Distribution

American International Group (AIG) in July 2019 announced that it has appointed Jennifer Waldner to the newly created a position of Chief Sustainability Officer. She will lead the development and implementation of a company-wide sustainability strategy, reporting to Thomas B. Leonardi, AIG’s Executive Vice President and Vice Chair, AIG Life Holdings. Ms. Waldner will lead a “cross-functional team to drive global sustainability initiatives while influencing and mobilizing the execution

Expat provider AES International has announced that Colin Ward will be Director of Employee Benefits as of June 2019. He will be based in Dubai. Based in London, UK, AES International is a global financial firm that focuses on “helping expats protect & build wealth”. Ward was previously Corporate Sales Director for Pacific Prime in the UAE. Previous to that, he was International Sales Manager for William Russell Limited

Debenhams, a British multinational retailer based in London, in July 2019 named Sarah Purnell as Head of Rewards. Purnell comes to Debenhams from the Arcadia Group, where she was Group Reward Manager, and Travelport, where she was Director, Compensation and Benefits. Prior to that she was Senior Compensation and Benefits Manager for Lucazed Ribena Suntory, Uxbridge, UK, and Head of UK Reward & Benefits for Tesco. She began her

Brussels Airlines has announced that Philip Verlinden has been named Head of Compensation & Benefits Manager a.i. as of December 2018. He is based in Brussels. He comes to Brussels Airlines from the Atesis Hogeschool Antwerpen, where he continues as a lecturer in financial management, statistics, and life insurance. He was also Compensation & Benefits Manager a.i. for ENGIE Electrabel in Brussels, and HR Director a.i. for ASAP HR

Aon has announced that as of July 2019, Martin Malota will be Key Account Manager Global Clients, Team Leader AGCN (Aon Global Client Network), and Practice Leader MNC (multinational companies). He will be based in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany. Malota has been with AON since 2002 when he joined as an intern and quickly moved to trainee. Since then he has served as Liability Expert, Global Business Unit;

ModusLink in July 2019 announced that Robert Breukers will start a new position as HR Director. Mr. Breukers will be based near Eindhoven, the Netherlands (NL). Breukers is seconded as interim HR Manager by Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services, based in NL. Previously, he held positions as General Manager and Senior HR Professional for HR5 in Uden, NL; Director of HR for Hüppe in Germany; as HR Director for

Marine Charbonnier, who is also an author for Global Benefits Vision, in June 2019 started a new position as Global Programs and Captives Regional Director Europe at AXA XL (a division of AXA). She was previously Head of Integrated Solutions A.R.T. (alternative risk transfer) for AXA, as well as Head of Risk Financing Solutions at AXA. Charbonnier is based in Paris. Previous to her tenure at AXA, Charbonnier was

Indigo Captive Insurance Consulting has announced the addition of Linda Danna to their Charleston, South Carolina consulting staff as of June 2019. She joins Indigo from Marsh where she has served as Senior Advisory Consultant and Captive Management Executive since 2005. Previous to joining Marsh, Danna was CFO and VP of Venture Management and Consultants and worked as manager of accounting operations for Blackbaud. She moved to Blackbaud after

Verisure has named Stéphanie Breton-Courtadon as head of Payroll, Compensation & Benefits as of February 2019. She is based in Châtenay-Malabry, Île-de-France. Breton-Courtadon was previously Compensation and Benefits Manager for Verisure, and previous to her tenure at Verisure she worked in Compensation & Benefits at LVMH Watches & Jewelry in Paris. Before that, she was a Team Leader and Consultant, Compensation and Benefits, for the Hay Group. Prior to

AIG has named Adam Winslow as Interim Chief Executive Officer of its global Life Insurance business, effective in June 2019. He is based in London, UK; Nashville, TN; and Houston, TX, and is responsible for AIG’s global life business (US and international). He also is a member of AIG’s Life and Retirement Executive Team. Winslow has been with AIG since 2013 when he was brought on board as Executive

Nick Burns in July 2019 joined Gallagher as the new CEO of its UK Employee Benefits Consulting Division. He now is based in London and succeeds Tim Johnson. Prior to joining Gallagher, Burns was a non-executive adviser for SMEs and start-ups in employee benefits and creative technology, including Hybrid Legal; Brand Biology; Engage Works; and Neyber. Earlier, he was the CEO of Capita E.B. Solutions; of consulting firm Bluefin;

Nexus Insurance Brokers has announced that Emmanuel Isenbrandt has been named Head of Sales, Employee Benefits, in the UAE as of April 2019. He will be based in Dubai. Isenbrandt was previously Vice President – Head of Gulf, Employee Benefits for MetLife in Dubai, and earlier, International Director at Henner in Dubai. Previous to that, he spent 13 years at Allianz as International Master Black Belt Project Manager based