Florida Peninsula Insurance Companyannounced the nomination of Michael Koscielny,CPCU CIC, as president-elect of the Chartered Property and CasualtyUnderwriters (CPCU) Society. Koscielny serves as director ofunderwriting for Florida Peninsula and has served on the LeadershipCouncil of the National Society of CPCU and other Society positionsfor 19 years. With more than 35 years of experience in theinsurance industry, Koscielny’s background includes work with theAuto Club Insurance Association (known as AAA Michigan), KemperInsurance Personal Lines and SAFECO. Prior to joining FloridaPeninsula, Koscielny served as assistant vice president of property& casualty underwriting at American Modern Insurance Group. Inaddition to his involvement with the CPCU Society, Koscielny is aboard member of the Underwriting Executives Council. His pastleadership roles include, board member of Insuring the Children(the industry charity in Cincinnati), CPCU Instructor for theInsurance School of Chicago, past president of the Central MichiganUnderwriters Association and past president of the CincinnatiChapter of CPCU. Koscielny received a CPCU designation in 1996 andhas held a CIC (Certified Insurance Counselor) designation since1991.


Global speciality insurance group ANV HoldingsBV announced the appointment of JanetHelson as CEO of the group’s Lloyd’s Managing Agency, ANVSyndicates Limited (ANV). The appointment is subject to regulatoryapproval. Effective Oct. 19, Helson will be responsible for theoperation of ANV’s Lloyd’s platform, and will report to LynseyCross, CEO of ANV Group. Helson succeeds Andrew Hall, who wasappointed interim managing director of ANV’s Lloyd’s ManagingAgency in April. Helson previously served as director of Randall& Quilter’s Underwriting Management Division, where she focusedon developing new business opportunities. Helson brings to ANV over30 years of experience in the London insurance market. Previousroles include director, Turnkey Syndicates at Chaucer, director atKiln and Crowe.


Gerard van Loon, who took on the role of ANVSyndicates director of underwriting in 2014 during the integrationof ANV and Jubilee, resumes his previous role of ANV Group chiefunderwriting officer. Loon will oversee underwriting strategy forthe Group including ANV Syndicates and ANV’s Managing GeneralUnderwriter (MGU) covering U.S. and international business.


Willis Group Holdings appointedNicolas Aubert as chief executive officer (CEO) ofWillis Ltd, the Willis Group’s principal U.K. regulated entity. Theappointment received regulatory approval from the Financial ConductAuthority (FCA). As CEO of Willis Ltd, Aubert takes overresponsibility for all leadership, governance and regulatorymatters for the regulated entity, which consists primarily ofWillis Group’s insurance and reinsurance businesses in the U.K. Hecontinues in his role as CEO of Willis GB, the operating segmentthat includes Willis's retail insurance business in Great Britain,facultative and London specialty businesses. Willis Re alsocontinues with its own management structure but with boardoversight in the U.K. from Willis Ltd. Prior to joining Willis,Aubert was the chief operating officer (COO) of AmericanInternational Group (AIG) in Europe, Middle East and Africa,and formerly managing director of AIG in the U.K.After joining AIG in June 2002 to lead AIG France, Aubertserved in various other senior management positions, includingmanaging director of Southern Europe, where he led operationsin 12 countries.


PIA has installed newly-electednational officers during the group’s Sept. 19 board of directorsmeeting held in New Orleans, La. Each of the officers will serveone-year terms from Oct. 1, 2015 through Sept. 30, 2016.


As of Oct. 1, 2015, the following appointments were made:

  • Robert W. Hansen, Jr., LUTCF, CPIA, of Omaha,Neb. as president.
  • Gareth W. Blackwell, Jr., CPCU, of Corinth,Maine as president-elect.
  • Timothy G. Russell, CPCU, of Southport, Conn.as vice president/treasurer.
  • Keith A. Savino, CPIA, of Mahwah, N. J. assecretary/assistant treasurer.
  • Richard A. Clements, CIC, CPIA, of Chalmette,La. as immediate past president.

The Main Street America Groupannounced the appointment of Chris Cox topresident of Old Dominion Insurance Company, its primary writingcompany and brand throughout Florida and Georgia. The appointmentof Cox to Old Dominion president was approved by the company’sboard of directors at its fall board meeting. Old Dominion is awholly-owned member company of Main Street America. Cox, who joinedMain Street America in 2008 as a personal lines product manager,was appointed president of its newly-formed Florida region in March2015. In 2010, he moved to the Company’s field operations unit tobecome director, distribution management. In 2011, he was appointedas a company officer and in 2013, elected as an assistant vicepresident. Cox has nearly 25 years of property/casualty industryexperience, including multiple roles at Nationwide Insurance.


Swett & Crawford announced thatMark McDonnell has joined the firm as vicepresident and senior broker. The addition of McDonnell, who will bebased in Buffalo, New York, underscores Swett & Crawford’sfocus on adding top insurance talent and continuing to grow itsU.S. insurance business. A wholesale industry veteran, McDonnellfocuses on casualty with an emphasis on retailers with clients inthe transportation industry. Most recently, McDonnell served as apartner and executive vice president for Northeast NationalBrokerage. Prior to that, he worked at LoVullo Associates asmanager of the Commercial Transportation Department.

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