A guide to this week's movements in the insurance industry


Richard Steel will assume the role of managing director of Ropner Insurance Services today.

Frank Hindle remains on the board in an advisory capacity.


Genworth Financial
Genworth Financial has appointed Ralf Meurer as president and chief executive of its payment protection insurance (PPI) business.

He was formerly chief financial officer of the company's European businesses.

Genworth has also announced the appointment of Stuart Leask as general manager for its PPI business in the UK.

Leask will lead the UK team, building Genworth's relationships with key UK financial institutions and will have full commercial responsibility for the market.

He has over 16 years' experience in insurance and most recently worked for Swiss Re Life and Health.

Assurant Solutions
Assurant Solutions has appointed Jeremy Andrews as head of business development.

He will be responsible for managing the business deve-lopment team in acquiring new business from target markets.

Andrews joined Assurant in September 2005 as a business development manager.

He has knowledge of the payment protection market, having spent 10 years within insurance, in both business development and client relationship management roles.

Aspen Insurance Holdings has announced three promotions in its aviation and specialty reinsurance teams.

David Whiter has been appointed to the new position of head of aviation and specialty reinsurance.

He has over 25 years' aviation insurance and reinsurance experience. Whiter joined Aspen in 2005.

Martin Jackson has been appointed senior underwriter for aviation.

He has worked in aviation underwriting for 22 years' and has held various senior positions during this period.

Lee Tookey has been appointed senior underwriter for specialty reinsurance.

Tookey joined Aspen in 2004 to develop the specialty reinsurance account.


Silverbeck Rymer
Silverbeck Rymer has appointed Mike Cutler as a partner.

Cutler joins from K2 Solicitors, the claimant arm of Keoghs, where he was managing director.

He will be responsible for managing the claimant side of the firm.


Cunningham Lindsey
Cunningham Lindsey has appointed Sean Durden as valuation services manager.

He joins from AXA Insurance.

GAB Robins
GAB Robins has named three new field quality managers as part of its plan to expand its field operations' capability.

John Pollock will cover the north region, Mike Egerton the east and north London region and David Gordon the South and south London region.

Moving Minds
Moving Minds, Psychological Management and Rehab-ilitation has appointed Raj Dorai as head of business development.

Dorai has experience in various commercial, operational and customer service roles in aviation and joins from British Airways.

Sigma Claims Solutions
Sigma Claims Solutions has announced the appointments of Dale Hackett, as senior liability adjuster and Ross MacKay, as trainee liability adjuster.

Hackett was previously a senior liability adjuster at Crawford and will provide liability adjusting services to new and existing clients in the north of England.

MacKay, a recent computer and digital product technology graduate from Leeds Metro-politan University, will provide back-office support, before shadowing a senior adjuster on various claims.

Talent&Pro has appointed Isabel Saman to provide interim resource facilities within the insurance and banking sectors.

Saman has recently com-pleted a BSc in economics and business finance at Brunel University.

Premium First
Premium First has appointed David Mann as southern regional manager.

He has over 25 years' experience in insurance.

Since 1999, Mann has concentrated on premium finance and has been responsible for broker development in the South East for Finsure.

Marc Walker has also been appointed as new business development executive for the southern region.

Walker has worked within the insurance industry for 13 years, during which time he has held servicing and business development positions with Marsh, Aon, Euler Hermes and other intermediaries.

He will be responsible for developing new relationships with insurers and brokers across the region.

RTW Plus
RTW Plus has appointed Jayne McCluskey, Anthony Dawson and Helen Benbow as rehabilitation co-ordinators and medical case managers, to help service existing and new insurer contracts.


Marsh has promoted Roy White to the position of practice leader of its financial and professional services practice (Finpro), in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Based in the London office, White assumes overall responsibility to lead and grow Finpro's business across the region.

He will report to Julian Wallers, head of multinational business at Marsh.

White was responsible for the retail division of Finpro UK until early 2005, when his responsibilities were extended to include continental Europe.

Commenting on the appointment, Wallers says: "Roy's appointment to this role will allow him to build upon his success in leading colleagues, establishing strong client relationships and putting the client at the centre of all activity."

White says: "The risk environment for financial and professional service firms is growing in complexity with firms facing more significant regulatory challenges. The team at Marsh has unrivalled specialist expertise to address the broad range of issues that companies face.

"I look forward to working with my talented colleagues in Finpro to further enhance our reputation for developing innovative, customised solutions for the financial institution and professional service firm community."

White is married with two children and has lived in Sussex for 15 years.

Away from the office, he enjoys skiing, cricket and travel.