People & Places
John Greer, brokerage underwriter, will assist All Risks in launching its eighteenth office in Memphis, Tenn. The location will have a full line of property-casualty products and plans to grow its employee base in the upcoming months.
Aon Risk Solutions added Christian Wise as senior president and Karen Cangemi as vice president of the company's New England Property Practice.
Julian James announced plans to resign from his position as CEO of Lockton International effective January 31, 2013. He has served since April 2008 and has helped develop Lockton's global capabilities.
Wells Fargo Insurance named Anne Doss head of its personal and small business insurance division. Doss will lead a team responsible for providing small business and consumer insurance solutions such as auto, home, renters, life and more. She will also continue to lead Wells Fargo's Life Insurance and Disability Management business.
Craig Wenzel was appointed senior vice president of capital markets for XL Group's reinsurance operations. He will manage and develop relationships with third party capital providers in support of XL's global underwriting activities.
Marsh welcomed Douglas Schwab back to the firm as its new East and Central zone mining leader. He will oversee consistent delivery of advisory and transactional services to the company's clients in those zones.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Caldwell and Partners Inc. announced the acquisition of Midlands Holding Corp. from PMA Capital Corp. Midlands is a managing general agent and excess and surplus lines broker that also operates as a third party administrator. Caldwell originally founded Midlands in 1990 but sold it to PMA in 2007.
The Chubb Group of Insurance Cos. expanded its definition of fraudulent communications with an endorsement to its ForeFront Security. The new Cyber Fraud Endorsement allows a bank to authenticate commercial customer instructions through text messaging, email and more. It will also help indemnify community banks from defense costs and direct damages arising out of such a lawsuit.
Georgia Agency Partners Inc. (GAP) announced the addition of four new partner agencies: Hutchinson Traylor, Founders Insurance Group, Brock Insurance Agency and Brand & Britt Insurance. The partnership is the result of GAP's extensive growth and expansion effort. GAP is a partnership of 16 independent agencies combining knowledge and resources to provide consumers with comprehensive coverage.
Willis North America relocated its Cleveland, Ohio office as part of its strategy to continue to elevate its presence in the state and drive market growth. The company has a history in Ohio, beginning more than 30 years ago. The new facility will support Willis' retail insurance brokerage operations.