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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;

MAXIS GBN announced in July 2019 the promotions of Trudie Roberts and Greg Tew to the position of Member Manager for the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region. The appointments mean the firm now has five dedicated professionals focused on serving members and supporting the growth and development of its network. MAXIS GBN member managers represent local insurers and their needs across projects and initiatives, deliver ongoing local

In April 2019, global mobility management company Topia announced the appointment of Terry Schmid as CFO. He will lead the global finance and accounting team, joining recently appointed CISO Randy Barr and CEO Shawn Farshchi. Terry has held a number of CFO roles over the past 20 years in the finance and technology sector including for IBM and top Silicon valley companies Coremetrics, Imperva and most recently, Apttus. His

Gallagher in June 2019 announced that LeAnne Stefl had been appointed Practice Leader of its Multinational Benefits and Human Resources Consulting practice, part of Gallagher’s Benefits and Human Resources division. She reports to Leslie Lemenager, President, International, Benefits and Human Resources division. Stefl joins Gallagher with more than 30 years of insurance industry experience, including executive and leadership positions with several large global consultancies. Most recently, she founded Solvere

Wambui Wainaina in May 2019 was appointed Director of Compensation & Benefits at software engineering firm Andela, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Andela hires and trains African software engineers to work in its offices in Lagos, Nigeria; Nairobi, Kenya; and Kampala, Uganda. The 1200 developers work for third-parties that struggle to find technical talents. Wainaina joins Andela from Philip Morris International where she served as Benefits Manager, EEMA. Previously, she

GBV author Ruchika Pal in May 2019 joined Apollo Tyres as Group Head – Corporate HR, based in Singapore. Headquartered in Gurgaon, India, Apollo has 16,000 employees worldwide and manufactures tires under the Apollo and Vredestein brands. Ruchika is in charge of global rewards, global mobility, HR policy, and other corporate HR functions; she also serves as HR Business Partner for all corporate functions. Previously, she was the Founder

Generali group general manager Frédéric de Courtois in May 2019 was elected vice-president of Insurance Europe (IE), for a three-year mandate. He succeeds Torbjörn Magnusson, group CEO and president of Sampo Insurance Group. Insurance Europe is the federation of national re/insurance associations from 34 E.U. and other European countries. Frédéric de Courtois began his career in the IT sector with CGI Informatique in France, before moving to French insurance

Worldwide Broker Network (WBN) in May 2019 appointed Alan Fergusson as Employee Benefits Director and member of the executive staff, based in the UK. He reports to WBN CEO Francie Starnes and replaces LeAnne Stefl who joins Gallagher as head of global benefits. Alan held his previous position as managing director of Mattioli Woods after selling his company – Kudos Financial Services in 2011. He has previously served on

Nike, in January 2019, promoted Daniela Carstea as Director, EMEA & Asia Benefits, based in Hilversum. Carstea held her previous position as Global Benefits Manager since 2016 and was also a Global Employee Benefits consultant from 2013 to 2015. She left Nike briefly from 2015 to 2016 to be  Benefits Management Europe Lead for Teva Pharmaceuticals. Prior to that she was with Nike EMEA as a Global Employee Benefits

AXA, in April 2019, promoted Yann Illouz to Group Pension and Savings Director. He was previously the Group Pension and Savings deputy director and chief sales officer since joining AXA in 2018. Illouz came to AXA from Arial CNP Assurances, where he was Deputy General Manager from 2014 to 2018, and CNP Europe Life, where he was most recently Head of Retirement Services, as well as CEO from 2009

Vivium, in May 2019, announced that Hans Callebaut has joined the company as Commercial Manager, Employee Benefits, based in Antwerp, Belgium. Callebaut was previously with Mercer Marsh Benefits Belgium where he was Country Leader, and AG insurance, where he was Head of New Business AG Employee Benefits. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Economics from VLEKHO, and a Master’s degree in Germanic Philology from Vrije Unifersiteit Brussel.

Zurich Insurance in April 2019 announced that Paolo Marini is now Global Head, Customer and Distribution Management – Corporate Life and Pensions (CLP). Marini was previously Director of Global Customer & Distribution Management and Global Head, Customer Management for CLP. Previous to his tenure at Zurich, Marini was Director of Sales, Marketing, and Communication and a regional manager for Generali Employee Benefits. He holds a political science degree from

April International, a provider of insurance solutions for globally-mobile employees, in April 2019 announced that Amanda Barrett has joined the firm as Business Development Manager. She will be based in Sheffield, UK. Barrett is an experienced international sales consultant with an experience in the financial services industry. She was previously an International Health & Protection Consultant with Towergate Insurance, and has served as an International Sales Consultant, Intermediary Sales

Willis Towers Watson (WTW) in April 2019 announced that Christophe Meurier is to assume the role of Global Head of Financial Solutions. He succeeds Paul Davidson, who will continue as chairman of Financial Solutions. The position reports to Adam Garrard, leader of WTW’s global lines of business. Meurier joins WTW after 25 years with BNP Paribas where he held the roles of Head of Insurance Solutions within Corporate and

French broker Diot in April 2019 promoted Anne-Jacques de Dinechin to Chairman of the Executive Board (CEO) and Jean Couturie as Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Diot and LSN Assurances are members of Groupe Burrus Courtage (GBC), which also includes captive manager Sogecore and other businesses. Anne-Jacques de Dinechin worked for 18 years in the AXA Group in France and the United States, focusing on business P/C insurance, before

Mercer UK in April 2019 named Sylvia Pozezanac as its CEO. She will replace Fiona Dunsire, who becomes Mercer’s global wealth leader. Pozezanac was previously senior managing director for Prudential Financial’s client management unit, based in New York. Prior to joining Prudential, she enjoyed a 26-year career with Willis Towers Watson in a number of senior leadership roles in retirement and insurance, and where she also oversaw elements of

Willis Towers Watson (WTW) in April 2019 announced that Carrie Burns has been named Director, Health and Benefits, and based in Washington D.C. Burns was previously Client Relationship Director at WTW, and based in the Richmond, Virginia, area, as well as a Senior Vice President and Director of Human Operations, Human Capital Practice, in Glen Allen, Virginia. She joined WTW in 2002 as a marketing manager. Previous to joining

Johnson Controls, Munich division, in April 2019 announced the promotion of Markus Enzner to Executive Director, Total Rewards, from Senior Director. Enzner has been with Johnson Controls since March 2013 when he joined the company as Senior Manager Compensation & Benefits EMEA. Previously, he was Senior Expert in the Center of Excellence (CoE) for Compensation and Benefits at Deutsche Post, and Senior Manager HR Compensation and Benefits for McDonald’s.

BHP announced the appointment of Mhar Anthony Trabado as Global Mobility Specialist for North and Central America. Trabado comes to BHP from a position as Senior Global Assignment Consultant for SIRVA Worldwide Relocation & Moving, and Regional Mobility Consultant for Crown World Mobility, based in Singapore. He was also an International Assignment Consultant for Cartus, and Global Mobility Consultant, Asia Pacific, CIS, Middle East, for Amec Foster Wheeler. He

GEFCO, a logistics and supply chain company in Paris, France, in April 2019 announced that Arnaud Sachs has joined the company as head of compensation and benefits. Sachs was previously with Vallourec as manager of Compensation, Benefits, and Group Social Control, and was a consultant for compensation and benefits with Towers Watson. He was also Compensation Assistant with AXA Tech. Sachs holds an MBA in Compensation and Benefits from

Giesecke+Devrient in April 2019 announced the promotion of Tina Lilios to Head, Competence Center Human Resources, and Senior HR Business Partner C-IT. She will be based in Munich, Germany. She was previously a senior HR business partner with the company. Lilios came to Geisecke+Devrient from Sandoz, Holzkirchen, Germany, where she served as HR Business Partner Global Support Functions, and head of HR Tech Ops Finance and Transformation, as well

UK rewards and benefits consulting firm Benefex in April 2019 announced the appointment of Stephen Hackett to the position of Head of Corporate Benefits, based in Southampton, UK. Hackett joins Benefex after a previous position as Director, Employer Services, for Broadstone Corporate Benefits in London. He was also Head of Health & Risk proposition for Aon Employee Benefits in London. He has held other leadership positions at Capita Employee

Safran Seats, a French suppliers of aircraft seats for passengers, crews and helicopters, in April 2019 announced that Emma Voisin has joined the company as Director of Compensation and Benefits. Voisin was previously with Orano, most recently as Global C&B and International Mobility Manager. She also served in Global Compensation & Benefits, C&B International Mobility advisor, and Expatriate/Impatriate Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications Science, Communication, HR,

Alcon in April 2019 announced it had added Sahil Batra to its staff as Senior Asia Benefits Manager, based in Singapore. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, Alcon is a global eye care provider. It was founded in Fort Worth, Texas; Fort Worth still is “a major operational, commercial, and innovation hub”. According to the company’s website, Alcon is “the largest eye care device company in the world” and has “complementary

Mercer in April 2019 announced the promotion of Alana Rae to Senior Associate, based in Edinburgh. Her areas of expertise include providing consulting advice and managing broking activity on international risk and medical plans. Rae began her career at Mercer as an international benefits analyst based in London and moved up to assistant lead for Mercer’s Centre of Excellence for Mobility Benefits (EuroPac) in London. She relocated to Edinburgh

The flag carrier airline of the Netherlands, KLM, in April 2019 announced the promotion of Albert Smidt to Senior Consultant, Pensions & Insurable Benefits, effective in May. He was previously a consultant in the same division. Prior to joining KLM, Smidt was Consultant Consensys for Fortis Bank (Nederland) where he served in an advisory role working with corporate clients on their employee benefits. Previous to that, he was Senior

Aon in April 2019 that Sven Roelandt has joined their Antwerp, Belgium office as Global Expert for Employee Benefits Financing Strategies & Carrier Relations. Roelandt comes to Aon from Further Financial Services in Madrid, Spain, where he served as Director of Employee Benefits. Previous to that, he was with General Employee Benefits where he served as Regional Manager WEMEA, and Area Manager Nordics and Benelux.  He was also Regional