October 15, 2012

Claimspro International (CPI), an independent division of SCM Insurance Services (SCM) offering international loss adjusting services to London and the international market, named Julian Millar managing director.

Millar, who joins from QBE, will be responsible for driving the expansion of CPI’s operations and business in the United Kingdom and Europe.

GAB Robins, a global risk management services company, appointed Maggie Cowing to head of major and complex loss. She will be responsible for the company’s major loss, construction and engineering and home foreign divisions.

Cowing, who joins from Cunningham Lindsey, has more than 26 years of adjusting experience, and has expertise in all aspects of major and complex property and business interruption losses across a range of industry sectors.

Glenn Gibson was named CEO of Crawford & Co.’s consulting practice in Canada. He will be responsible for developing the company’s Canadian consulting practice in the areas of technical loss adjusting, arbitrations, strategic planning and enterprise risk management.

Gibson began his insurance career at Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. and later helped build Adjusters Canada into the largest claims administration firm in Canada. He has held a number of executive positions with Crawford since the company purchased Adjusters Canada in 1998.

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder will lead a newly formed state committee reviewing Missouri’s disaster recovery efforts and preparedness for future challenges.

The Interim Committee on Disaster Preparedness was created by Republican House Speaker Steven Tilley. It also includes lawmakers, a Joplin, Mo., city council member, an official from a health care company and a Jasper County official.

Kinder, a Republican, says the committee will check whether the resources poured into disaster recovery are getting the expected result.

Pennsylvania-based Erie Insurance named Richard Burt executive vice president of product. He will oversee Erie’s three business lines — personal, commercial and life insurance.

Burt has more than 25 years of actuarial and business experience from firms including Deloitte Consulting; Willis, Coopers & Lybrand; and Aetna Life & Casualty.

Burt is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society. He succeeds Mike Zavasky in this role. Zavasky announced retirement plans last year.

The Republic Group named Timothy R. Wiedmeyer vice president of claims.

Wiedmeyer previously served as vice president of claims at West Bend Mutual Insurance Co. He began his 23-year claims career with Heritage Mutual Insurance Co. (now Acuity).

New York-based Insight Specialty Programs (ISP), a developer and marketer of insurance, non-insurance and telematics products and services, appointed Thomas Harms president and Michael DiLoreto chief operating officer.

Prior to joining ISP, Harms was senior vice president at Aon Benfield Fac’s program division. Throughout his career, he has served in various positions at Braishfield Associates, Ardent Risk Services, G.L. Hodson & Son and Alexander Re. He began his career at Liberty Mutual.

With more than 30 years of experience as a retailer, wholesaler, insurance company executive and a reinsurance intermediary, DiLoreto has an extensive background in property, casualty, life, health, annuity and structured reinsurance and insurance programs.

DiLoreto serves on the board of directors of Southwestern Insurance Information Service (SIIS).

The Bermuda Insurance Institute (BII) appointed Dawnnelle Walker as its first CEO.

Walker will assume her role at the BII in November 2012. She will report to BII’s Governing Council.

BII is a registered charity and educational institution, funded by its insurance industry members. The institute facilitates insurance studies and insurance-related studies, as well as organizes discussion of industry matters and other interaction among industry participants.

Connecticut-based insurer The Hartford promoted Robert Bateman to senior vice president and controller of the company. Bateman succeeds Beth Bombara, who was recently promoted to lead the company’s life runoff business.

In his new role, Bateman will be responsible for accounting operations and will report to Christopher J. Swift, executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Bateman previously was senior vice president and chief financial officer for The Hartford’s commercial markets division. Bateman joined the company in 2004 and has served in a variety of roles within the finance organization, including chief financial officer for claims and property/casualty runoff business.

Montpelier Reinsurance Ltd., the Bermuda-based subsidiary of Montpelier Re Holdings Ltd., named Christopher Downey head of Global Casualty and Specialty Treaty Reinsurance.

Downey is responsible for leading the full portfolio of casualty and specialty treaty business written through the company. He will report to Christopher Schaper, president of Montpelier Re.

Downey has nearly 20 years of underwriting and actuarial experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry, most recently as senior vice president specialty & casualty at Alterra Bermuda. He is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society, a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Jeffrey F. Harrold, chairman and CEO of Auto-Owners Insurance Company, received the Griffith Insurance Education Foundation’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award recognizes industry leaders for their commitment to education, and for their support of the missions of The Griffith Foundation and the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC).

For 21 years, Harrold worked on the property/casualty side of the business before assuming responsibility for life company operations in 1998. Since then, he was named executive vice president and assumed additional responsibility for home office property/casualty underwriting and the marketing division, before he was named president of Auto-Owners Insurance Group then CEO.

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