NU Online News Service, Nov. 3, 3:12 p.m.EST

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The 40-year-old Excess/Surplus Lines Claims Association said itis changing its name to the International Association of ClaimProfessionals.

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The announcement was made at the group's recent annual meeting,where the group selected officers and directors

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New President Miles J. Banks, executive director of group claimsat Willis Group Ltd., noted that the global claim association hasexpanded and developed with a membership of approximately 200primary insurance companies, reinsurers, brokers, claim managementcompanies and claim run-off entities

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He pointed out that member companies are engaged in diverselines of insurance and reside in the United States, UK, Bermuda andContinental Europe,

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"Our founders represented American primary surplus linescarriers and had a vision which sought to enhance the knowledge andrespect of insurance claim professionals. The overwhelming supportfor adopting a new name reflects the composition of the membershipand how the Association and the industry has grown and evolved overtime."

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New officers besides Mr. Banks are:

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? Vice President Bruce Carlino, senior vice president, head ofclaims, QBE Reinsurance Corp.

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? Treasurer Stuart Willoughby, Claims Director, MarkelInternational Insurance Company Ltd.

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? Secretary Susan Wain, senior vice president, claims,Scottsdale Insurance Company.

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? Assistant Treasurer Eric Herstine, assistant vice president ofreinsurance claims, Lexington Insurance Company

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? Assistant Secretary Kevin Shea, senior vice president, directclaims, Berkley Insurance Company/Signet Star Re

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? Immediate Past President Sandra Van Enk, senior vicepresident, The Toa Reinsurance Company of America

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Officers of the Association are elected to serve a term of oneyear.

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The newest member joining the Board of Directors with a termexpiring in 2012 is Steven D. Robson, claims director, Max atLloyd's Ltd.

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Frank Nicoletti of Nicoletti, Gonson, Spinner & Owen LLPcontinues to serve the IACP as its general counsel.

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The ICAP was formed in 1971 to provide a forum for claimsprofessionals to enhance their knowledge base through continuingeducation programs.

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The Association is an international network of the most seniorinsurance claims professionals who strive to enhance thedevelopment and professionalism of the membership, raise thestandards of good practice and maintain an integrity and degree ofexcellence in the industry that exceeds today's increasingdemands.

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