Assurex Names New President, CEO

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NU Online News Service, Aug. 12, 12:07 p.m.EDT?James R. Hackbarth was named president and chiefexecutive officer of Columbus, Ohio-based insurance brokerage groupAssurex Global.

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The appointment was announced by Greg Collins, Assurex Global'sboard chairman, who is also president of Parker, Smith & Feek,Assurex Global's Seattle, Wash., partner.

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Mr. Hackbarth recently served as CEO of Cornerstone Partners, ahigh-tech consulting and executive recruiting firm he founded in1996. He has held executive positions with the internationalsoftware company Information Dimensions, Agency ManagementServices, Leader Systems, Policy Management Systems and IBM,according to Assurex Global.

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"With his proven ability to grow business, manage internationaloperations and drive technology, Jim Hackbarth is ideally suited tolead Assurex Global," said Mr. Collins in a statement.

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He added, "Jim Hackbarth has the management experience, businesssavvy and high-tech know-how necessary to help our clients managetheir global risks, while helping Assurex Global Partners achieveunsurpassed growth."

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Assurex Global, a cluster of independent brokerage firms,generates more than $16 billion in annual premiums. The firmsdeliver property-casualty, surety, life and employee benefitsinsurance for large and small clients.

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