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Adam King was appointed Regional Director for the Americas in June 2015, based in Chicago. He is responsible for Employee Benefits sales and distribution to multinational companies in North and South America. In this role he directly reports to Dirk Hellmuth, CEO and Head of Sales & Distribution of Allianz Global Benefits. Before joining Allianz Global Benefits, he was with MetLife/Maxis and in charge of business development in the
Sheldon Kenton reports to Robert Lang, Managing Director for Bupa Global, and is a member of the Bupa Global executive team. The newly created role of Global Commercial Director focuses on sales to corporate clients, on health benefits, as well as on institutional distribution partnerships. Kendon had been with Cigna since 1997, lastly as global head for sales of international employee benefits, and relocates from Philadelphia, PA. He holds
Two years after joining AON France as its Global Benefits practice leader, Bruno Valette joins Mercer France as Client Relationship Director and Principal. Or, rather, rejoins, as Valette had spent 14 years with Mercer in Paris right before AON. Mercer was his first employer in the insurance sector from 1989 to 1997, to be followed by leading French broker Gras Savoye, soon to be a division of Willis –
After leaving Allianz Deutschland, Dr. Markus Riess has joined Ergo as CEO and Munich Re’s management board. Ergo is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Munich Re, which operates under the brand names Ergo, Victoria, DKV and others. Munich Re’s CEO Nikolaus von Bomhard has no known successor and has not announced any plans to retire, despite the fact that he will reach the mandatory retirement age of 60 in 2016.
Willis announced the appointment of Brian Shea as Head of Europe for Willis Capital Markets & Advisory, its insurance investment banking division, based in London, effective August 24, 2015. Brian joins from reinsurer SCOR, where he was Chief Corporate Strategy Officer after 20 years as an investment banker with Salomon Brothers and Merrill Lynch.
Willis appointed Simon Weaver as CEO of its Singapore office, as well as to the newly-created role of regional CEO for South-East Asia.
Vittorio Zaniboni has been appointed in April 2015 as Chief Technical Officer at GEB. Based in Brussels, Vittorio has been with GEB since early 1998, first as an actuary, then reinsurance manager and as chief actuary since late 2006. He joined Generali in 1996 after graduating from Trieste University with an MSc in actuarial sciences.
Willis confirmed that Steve Hearn, Deputy CEO, will leave to join Cooper Gay Swett & Crawford at the beginning of November, 2015.
Dr. Manfred Knof has become CEO of Allianz Deutschland, succeeding Dr. Markus Riess, who joins Ergo as CEO and Munich Re’s management board. Ergo is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Munich Re that operates under the brand names Ergo, Victoria, DKV, and others.
Willis announced in July 2015 the appointment of Cedric Luah as Asia Head of Human Capital and Benefits, to lead its Asia regional operations based in Singapore. Cedric joins Willis from the AIA group office in Hong Kong where he was responsible for multinational strategies, corporate clients relationships and multinational pooling. Prior to AIA, he spent seven years with the Swiss Life network, where he was the Head of Sales
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
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
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,
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.
DIRK HELLMUTH firstname.lastname@example.org Allianz Global Benefits CEO Dirk joined the Allianz International Employee Benefits Network based in Stuttgart as General Manager at the end of 2002. On January 1, 2005 Allianz International Employee Benefits Network became the legal entity All Net GmbH and Dirk took over the function of Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors. In January 2014, All Net re-branded to Allianz Global Benefits GmbH due to a
Melanie Liedtke email@example.com Allianz Global Benefits Senior Marketing & Communication Manager Melanie Liedtke joined the Allianz International Employee Benefits Network in November 2007. She is Senior Marketing & Communication Manager within the Market Management department of Allianz Global Benefits. Her areas of responsibility include external and internal communication, international conference organization, marketing material development and advertising. Before joining the company, she worked as a press spokesperson at Allianz Lebensversicherungs-AG,
Matt Frost firstname.lastname@example.org Arthur J. Gallagher & Co Business Development Director of Communications for the Employee Engagement and Communications team Matt Frost is the Business Development Director of Communications for the Employee Engagement and Communications team at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Matt’s primary role is helping clients identify their employee communication needs and develop tailored strategies that will engage employees and support business results. Based in the UK, Matt
Theo Lutgendorff email@example.com Sprenkels & Verschuren Partner Theo Lutgendorff, MBA, is a partner at Sprenkels & Verschuren, a privately held and independent actuarial, pensions, and investment consulting firm headquartered in Amsterdam. The firm is a member in the Abelica network of actuaries and consultants. Theo has over 25 years of experience in Dutch pensions and in global benefits. His previous roles include managing consultant at Aon Consulting Netherlands, principal
Paula Caligiuri firstname.lastname@example.org Northeastern University Professor of International Business As a Distinguished Professor of International Business at Northeastern University, Paula Caligiuri directs the CALL Program, a corporate-sponsored international volunteerism program in partnership with the National Peace Corps Association. Paula has authored or co-authored several award- winning articles and books in the area of expatriate management, global leadership development, and cultural agility, including Cultural Agility: Building a Pipeline of Successful
Guy Abbiss email@example.com Abbiss Cadres LLP – Founding Partners of the CELIA Alliance Managing Partner Guy is the Managing Partner of Abbiss Cadres LLP and one of the founding Partners of the CELIA Alliance. After a decade of experience leading UK and international employment and employee incentives practices in UK and international law firms based in the City of London, Guy founded Abbiss Cadres in 2008. His expertise is
Michel Moreau firstname.lastname@example.org AG Insurance Business Development for Employee Benefits & Healthcare Michel Moreau began his career in employee benefits in 1993 at Assubel, then moved to Swiss Life Belgium and later to Delta Lloyd Life. Since May 2015, Michel heads Business Development for Employee Benefits & Healthcare at AG Insurance. In his various positions, Michel was in charge of relations with international networks: first with Swiss Life Network and
Alex Edmans Twitter: @aedmans London Business School Professor of Finance Alex Edmans is currently a Professor of Finance at London Business School, an angel investor at ADAY, Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and academic advisor at Loan Value Group. Previously, he was Assistant Professor of finance, then Associate Professor of finance at Wharton and worked for Morgan Stanley as a financial analyst before embracing an
Fabián Bukschtein email@example.com Arcos Dorados, Mc Donald’s Latin America Corporate Compensation and Benefits manager Fabián Bukschtein, 36 years old, married and a father of two, has been a Corporate Compensation and Benefits manager for Arcos Dorados, Mc Donald’s Latin America business, since September 2014 in charge of management and administration of Corporate Compensation and Long Term Incentives. Prior to joining Arcos Dorados, he worked at Towers Watsons in Argentina