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New York Life Insurance and Cigna in December 2019 reached a deal for New York Life to acquire Cigna’s group life and disability insurance business for US$6.3 billion. The acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter of 2020, subject to applicable regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The group life and disability insurance business will operate within New York Life’s portfolio of strategic businesses and support

Aon in January 2020 announced the completion of its acquisition of SMB insurtech broker CoverWallet. Aon aims to increase its presence in the rapidly growing commercial insurance market for smaller businesses. The acquisition will allow Aon to utilise CoverWallet’s technology and data & analytics capabilities. CoverWallet joins the portfolio of Aon’s New Ventures Group, which functions as a growth-stage capability focused on delivering new sources of value to clients

Due to the coronavirus / COVID-19 outbreak, the Captive Insurance Companies Association (CICA) cancelled its 2020 International Conference. The event had been slated to take place on March 8-10, 2020 in California, USA. No new date has been announced at the time of publication.

U.S. broker Alliant in February 2020 announced the appointment of Philippe de Dreuzy to head up its global benefits practice as Senior Vice President and Global Practice Leader. He will be based near San Francisco, California. With headquarters in Newport Beach, California, Alliant Insurance Services provides property and casualty, workers’ compensation, employee benefits, underwriting, surety, and financial products and services to clients in the U.S. Over his 25-year career

The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) in May 2020 organizes the first edition of its new CONNECT Global Benefits Summit. A non-profit association, IFEBP has 8,200 organizations and 32,000 individuals as members; 87% are based in the U.S. and 13% in Canada. IFEBP operates out of Brookfield, Wisconsin (USA). The inaugural event is designed for experienced multinational benefit professionals. This dynamic event will feature expert-led sessions and

A U.S. national survey conducted in September 2019 has been published by the Milbank Memorial Fund, and addresses the ‘culture of health’ (CoH) in private sector organisations. Authors Michael Anne Kyle, Lumumba Seegars, John M. Benson, Robert J. Blendon, Robert S. Huckman, Sara J. Singer measured corporate CoH along four dimensions that assess the extent to which businesses promote employee, environmental, consumer, and community health and well-being. Policy Points

Alta Actuaries & Consultants has named Douglas Carey Principal and Global Consulting Actuary as of October 2019. He will be based in the greater New York City area, USA. Carey comes to Alta after being a managing partner of Global Strategy Consultants. He has also served as past Chair, AWB; Treasurer PBSS, IACA, with the International Association of Actuaries since 2014. Previously, Carey was Director, Human Capital, for Deloitte

Thermo Fisher Scientific has announced that Zayda Hammond has joined the company as a Global Mobility and Human Resources Professional as of September, 2019. She isbased in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Hammond comes to Thermo Fisher from Merck, where she was most recently Global Mobility/Human Resources Manager for the U.S. & EMEA. Prior to that position, she held the title of Senior Global Mobility/Human Resources Specialist, Learning & Development Specialist,

Walmart has named Steve Reeve as Senior Manager, Global Mobility as of September 2019. Reeve is based in Bentonville, Arkansas, USA. Reeve joins Walmart after being employed as Client Services Manager for MSI Global Transformation Solutions in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. Previous to that he was a Senior Expatriate Assignment Consultant with Cartus, and Wholesale Account Executive with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, after serving in the same role for Vertice

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

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

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

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

Independent captive management firm USA Risk Group‘s senior management team in May 2019 completed a management buyout from Spencer Capital Holdings. The buyout includes operations from all jurisdictions USA Risk Group operates in. The senior management team includes Paul Macey as President; Rob Leadbetter, Senior Vice President and Charmain Aggarwal, Vice President. Jeanne Crawford leads the Barbados office; John Tortell, the Malta office; and Steven Lill, the Cayman Islands

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

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

Whirlpool Corporation in March 2019 appointed Samantha (Samie) Moore. Samie will lead the Benefits Center of Excellence, partnering with the regions to develop a global benefits strategy and adapt a culture of health at a local level. Moore comes to Whirlpool which is based in Benton Harbor, Michigan, from Milliman’s health and welfare benefits consulting practice, where she was a senior health and welfare consultant. She has also been

U.S. benefits broker and service provider OneDigital announced in March, 2019, that Mark Juneau has been named Vice President of Global Benefits. Juneau comes to OneDigital from San Francisco, CA-based Alliant Employee Benefits, where he was a senior vice president. Previous to his four years with Alliant, Juneau was with Mercer as a benefits consultant, principal, and ASEAN Retirement Business Leader. Juneau holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in

HX Global, the Americas division of Healix International, in March 2019 appointed Tim Crockett as senior vice president, U.S. Business Operations. Crockett joined HX Global in 2016 as vice president of security. In that role, he was tasked with designing and providing security and risk management solutions for multinational organizations. Prior to joining HX Global, Crockett worked as senior director of global security operations for media conglomerate Turner. He

InsurTech Oscar Health in February 2019 named Sid Sankaran CFO, reporting to CEO Mario Schlosser. He succeeds Brian West. Sankaran joins from American International Group (AIG) where he was CFO and earlier, chief risk officer. Prior to AIG, he worked for consulting firm Oliver Wyman as a partner in the Finance and Risk practice in Toronto, Canada; and Mercer Risk, Finance & Insurance Consulting and MMC Enterprise Risk. He

Replicating an earlier deal in 2017 between the European Union (E.U.) and the United States (U.S.), the latter in January 2019 signed a “covered agreement” with the United Kingdom (UK) that protects their respective international insurers and reinsurers when doing business with each other. The new covered agreement basically provides for a limited but very useful form of mutual recognition of reinsurance companies and of (re)insurance regulators. The existing

Willis Towers Watson (WTW) in December 2018 announced the appointment of Pam Enright as Senior Director and leader of its Expat Benefits Solutions business. She will report to Francis Coleman, managing director, Global Services and Solutions, and be based in Chicago. Pam has been in the employee benefit industry for over 25 years. Prior to joining WTW, she was a senior vice president and director of global benefits at

Andrew Stocker in December 2018 became Head of Employee Benefits Gulf at MetLife, based in Dubai. He has spent his entire career at MetLife, where he previously was Head of distribution, MetLife Global Employee Benefits and Maxis GBN; Vice President and head of distribution for MetLife Global Employee Benefits; head of Global Relationship Management; and Regional director of Employee Benefit sales, based in Dallas, Texas. He holds a Bachelor

Global brokerage Arthur J. Gallagher (Gallagher) in October 2018 acquired global employee benefits and global mobility firm Richter International Consulting, based in Issaquah, Washington – U.S.A, near Seattle. Richter International designs international benefits programs for multinational companies and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and their employees. Offerings include: expatriate health plans, international employee assistance plans (EAP), international medical and security assistance programs, traveler medical insurance, business travel accident insurance, disaster preparedness

Only 10.7 percent of American workers belong to a union today, approximately half as many as in 1983. That’s a level not seen since the 1930s, just before passage of the labor law that was supposed to protect workers’ right to organize.

Diego Fernandez since September 2018 leads GeoBlue as President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Guillaume Deybach who has left the company. Established in the late 1990’s, GeoBlue is the iPMI (international private medical insurance) joint-venture between BlueCross – BlueShield (U.S.A.) and BUPA (UK). Prior to GeoBlue, Diego’s led sales and middle markets at Bupa Global Latin America. Earlier, he was Cigna International Taiwan’s Chief Operating Officer and Cigna Healthcare

American International Group (AIG) in September 2018 acquired Glatfelter Insurance Group, a Pennsylvania-based full-service broker and insurance company that provides services for specialty programs and retail operations. Headquartered in York, Pennsylvania, Glatfelter “brings high-quality program underwriting capabilities that will accelerate the strategic positioning of AIG’s general insurance business,” AIG said in a statement. Glatfelter is a large privately owned U.S. insurance broker and has more than 500 employees. Its