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Nicola Fordham in September 2017 was appointed as Director of Underwriting of the MAXIS Global Benefits Network (MAXIS GBN), the international employee benefits joint venture between MetLife and AXA. She joins from MetLife UK, where she was Chief Pricing Underwriter. In this role, she was in charge of technical relationship between MetLife UK and MAXIS GBN, and led a 25‑strong team of underwriters and built and delivered trainings for

Tine Thorsen in September 2017 joined Chubb as Director of Marketing and Communications for Europe, Eurasia and Africa, based in London. Previously, Tine had been the global head of market development for the corporate customer segment at Zurich Insurance in Zürich, Switzerland; head of marketing for global corporates in Europe at Zurich Financial Services in London; and several other leadership position in marketing at Zurich. In addition to her

Cyril Samson in July 2017 was appointed as Managing Director, Head of Sales of Allianz Global Benefits (AGB), reporting to AGB CEO Dirk Hellmuth. Based in Stuttgart, he is responsible for the operational management of AGB‘s sales & account management teams, servicing multinational clients in the risk as well as the pension field. Cyril joined Allianz Global Benefits in January 2004 as Managing Director. Since 2013, he has been

Jayesh Patel in July 2017 was appointed as Regional Director for the UK and Ireland of Allianz Global Benefits (AGB), reporting to AGB Head of Sales, Cyril Samson. Based in London, he is responsible for UK multinational clients and is the senior point of contact for AGB network partners in the region. Jayesh joined Allianz Global Benefits in the UK in 2009 and has performed a number of roles

American International Group in August 2017 appointed Peter Zaffino as Executive Vice President, Global Chief Operating Officer, reporting to CEO Brian Duperrault. Zaffino joins AIG after serving as Chief Executive Officer of Marsh, a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC) and as Chairman of the Risk and Insurance Services segment of MMC. He was also a member of MMC’s Executive Committee. Brian Duperreault, who joined AIG in May

American International Group in May 2017 announced the appointment of Brian Duperreault as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director. Duperreault previously served as Chairman and CEO of Hamilton Insurance Group, a Bermuda-based holding company, with property and casualty insurance and reinsurance operations in Bermuda, the U.S. and the UK. Prior to this, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Marsh & McLennan Companies. Before joining Marsh, he served for two years as non-executive Chairman of ACE,

Zurich in September 2017 announced the appointment of Peter Huber as Chief Executive Officer, Zurich International. He reports to Patrick Manley, CEO of Zurich Insurance and Chief Administrative Officer for the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region. Zurich International includes the international life businesses in the Isle of Man, Middle East and Zurich International Corporate Solutions (including Zurich Eurolife based in Luxembourg). Peter Huber had been working as

GeoBlue, the international health insurance provider of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, in August 2017 announced the appointment of Linda Cote to Vice President, Corporate Sales and Account Management. Linda Cote brings 13 years of international experience from Aetna International, where she held sales and leadership positions within the organization. Prior to her tenure at Aetna, Linda spent 14 years within the domestic health insurance market, where

GeoBlue, the international health insurance provider of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, in August 2017 announced the appointment of Jill Milliken to Vice President of Scholastic Sales. The Scholastic business unit for GeoBlue provides educational institutions the international healthcare and assistance services their schools need for both study outside of the U.S. and inbound programs. Jill Milliken comes to GeoBlue from Generali Global Assistance where she was Vice

Europ Assistance Holding in August 2017 appointed Fabio Carsenzuola as the new CEO and General Manager of Europ Assistance Italy, a member of the Generali Group. Carsenzuola replaces Bruno Scaroni, who was recently named Strategy & Business Accelerator Director at Generali Group. He began his professional career as project leader in Pride Group and later worked for management consulting firm McKinsey, where he focused on banking and insurance in

David Wichmann, president of UnitedHealth Group, in September 2017 succeeds Stephen Hemsley as the company’s chief executive officer and becomes a director of the company. In his previous position, Wichmann oversaw UnitedHealthcare’s domestic and international businesses; he also served as group chief financial officer. Earlier, he held positions as president of UnitedHealthcare; president and chief executive officer of Specialized Care Services (now OptumHealth); and senior vice president, corporate development.

The reinsurance and capital advisory division of Aon, Aon Benfield, in June 2017 announced the appointment of Andy Marcell as its president, based in New York and reporting to Aon Benfield CEO Eric Andersen. Since 2015, he was Aon Benfield’s head of strategy, joining from the position of CEO of Guy Carpenter’s U.S. operations and head of its global facultative business. He had joined Guy Carpenter in 1990 as

Global relocation services provider Cartus in July 2017 announced the appointment of Mark Sonders as Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, based in Cartus’ worldwide headquarters in Danbury, Connecticut. He joins the company with over 20 years in business-to-business sales and leadership roles, coming from Vertafore, a provider of technology solutions for the insurance industry. Prior experience included roles at eMind and Thomson Reuters. He earned a Bachelor

Lockton Chairman David Lockton in July 2017 announced that Vice Chairman Ron Lockton will expand his role to become President and CEO of Lockton. He succeeds Glenn Spencer, who has resigned effective immediately. Ron Lockton will work closely with David Lockton, U.S. President Peter Clune, International CEO Neil Nimmo, and Lockton leaders around the world. Ron Lockton joined Lockton Companies in 1990 after working with Aetna as a casualty

Cheryl H. Johnson in July 2017 was appointed Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and a member of the executive office at Caterpillar, reporting to CEO Jim Umpleby. Johnson has more than 20 years of experience in HR leadership positions. Most recently, she was executive vice president of human resources for Textron, a very large global and diversified manufacturing company. Her 20-year career with Textron has included a number of

Amber Kennelly in July 2017 joined global insurance brokerage Hub International as Chief Human Resources Officer, in charge of talent acquisition and management, learning and development, employee relations, compensation, employee benefits and payroll. Kennelly reports to Martin Hughes, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer and is a member of the Hub Executive Management Team. Most recently she was Vice President of compensation and benefits for Allstate Insurance

As it expands its employee benefits practice in Asia, global consulting and actuarial firm Milliman in July 2017 announced that Mark Whatley will join their ranks as a consulting actuary in Singapore, where he will focus on further developing the firm’s employee benefits business across multinational, local, and government-linked organizations. Whatley previously directed Willis Towers Watson’s benefits practice in South East Asia. A member and Fellow of the Singapore

Joos Louwerier, current CEO of Allianz Life Korea, in June 2017 was named Country Manager and CEO for Allianz Life Indonesia, replacing Joachim Wessling. Louwerier will oversee the growth strategy and have overall management responsibility for all Allianz operations in Indonesia. A graduate of the University of Amsterdam, Louwerier also holds two Executive MBAs from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and the National University of Singapore. He brings

Handojo G. Kusuma has been appointed Deputy CEO for Allianz Life Indonesia. He will oversee Distribution and Market Management to expand sales and channel growth.

GEB in June 2017 announced the appointment of three senior executives to its leadership team. As part of the investment drive enabling its growth strategy, Generali’s global employee benefits network has hired three well-known global employee benefits leaders from MAXIS and AXA. Thierry Mestach joins GEB as director of Network Management & Partnerships, after 19 years with AXA and MAXIS which he joined in 2000, soon after its launch.