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


Cooper Gay
Frank Witthun has been appointed as a director and non-executive chairman of Cooper Gay.

Witthun was previously chief executive of the US insurance broker Acordia, which he built since 1994 to become the fifth largest retail insurance broker in the US.

Witthun succeeds Michael Jones who has stepped down after 14 years as chairman, and having worked for the company for more than 41 years.

Additionally, Cooper Gay Intermediaries, the firm's US treaty reinsurance broking arm, has appointed Michael Joyce as executive vice-president, based in its Minneapolis office.

Joyce was previously a director of John B Collins Associates, with responsibility for managing its largest property and casualty profit centre.

Gary Flynn has been appointed as client executive in Marsh's risk trading practice's Newcastle office.

Flynn previously held a similar position with Arnott Insurance in Durham. Prior to that he was an account executive for Aon in Newcastle.

Gill Lewis has been appointed as senior account executive at Morgans.

Lewis was previously the clubs team manager for Marsh.

Other changes at Morgans include the promotion of Steve Davis to operations director; David McGroarty becomes the new business sales director; and John Donnelly joins the company as a senior account executive.

Dermot Reilly has been appointed as divisional director at RFIB Group.

Reilly's appointment further develops the group's capabilities in financial risk and will bring additional focus to the development of opportunities in this sector.


Arch Europe
Arch Insurance Company (Europe) has appointed Kelan Hunt as underwriting manager, offshore energy.

Hunt is currently underwriting offshore energy at AIG London, but will take up his new position in October.

Chaucer Syndicates has recruited a new team to underwrite an engineering account on behalf of the property division of Chaucer Syndicate 1084.

The team will consist of Adrian Traveller, Peter Hamilton and Andrew Vince, who have combined London market underwriting experience of more than 60 years.

Shane Beldham has been appointed as account manager, corporate partnerships, at DAS.

Beldham has more than 15 years' experience in insurance claims and previous knowledge of the legal profession through a law firm in central London.

Glacier Re has appointed Dr Luzi Hitz as senior property underwriter.

Hitz previously spent ten years with Swiss Re, where he was most recently head of treaty underwriting, greater China region, for Swiss Re Hong Kong. Prior to joining Swiss Re, he was an oil and gas exploration consultant for IHS Energy.

Travel Insurance Facilities Group has appointed Richard Smith to the board of directors as underwriting and commercial director.

Smith's promotion from the position of underwriter and seat on the board come just over two years after he joined the Kent-based travel insurance specialist.

His experience spans underwriting, claims, sales and marketing, medical screening and broking. Prior to joining TIF, he was a travel insurance broker with Travel and General Insurance Brokers for two years.

Sterling Insurance Group has appointed Glen Box as head of customer services.

Box previously worked for St Andrew's Insurance, part of the HBOS Group, as head of customer services of the creditor insurance business.


BP Marsh & Partners
Clare Ferguson has been appointed as non-executive director at BP Marsh.

Ferguson brings a wealth of experience gained as a partner in litigation and dispute resolution at Taylor Wessing, where she worked for 30 years.

She is also currently a non-executive director of Forelle Estate Holdings and was a non-executive chairman of Bourne Steel Holdings.

Towers Perrin
Steve Taylor-Gooby has been appointed as managing director for Towers Perrin's Tillinghast business.

Taylor-Gooby was previously the global business director for Tillinghast and brings 30 year's of financial services industry experience.

As a result of this appointment, Richard Batty will take over responsibility for managing the Asia-Pacific region in addition to his role as region manager for Europe.

Batty has extensive international experience, which includes assignments in every European country in which Towers Perrin has an office, as well as in the US, Australia and Morocco.

Mondial UK
Mondial UK has appointed Lee Bailey as international medical assistance manager.

Bailey brings 12 years' experience in the medical assistance arena, including previous positions at AXA Assistance and Global Response.

CRA International
Matt Gilham has been appointed as a principal in the corporate investigation and fraud management practice at CRA International (formerly Charles River Associates).

Gilham was previously employed as fraud prevention manager at Esure.