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


Marsh has appointed James Maxwell as senior vice-president within its risk consulting practice.

Maxwell joins from Ernst & Young, where he was a director in its financial services risk management practice.

With over 15 years' experience in the areas of strategic and operational risk management and corporate governance, he will bring in-depth technical expertise to help ensure that risk management infrastructures are fit for purpose and capable of delivering the benefits expected.

He will now be responsible for a portfolio of key client relationships, and seek to integrate Marsh's risk consulting service within the wider risk management offering provided by its parent company MMC, with a particular focus on enterprise risk management.

Plymouth-based broker alliance, Westinsure, has appointed Andrew Waring as business development manager to push growth in the Midlands.

Waring will be responsible for recruiting new members in the Midlands and the North, and providing support to existing members.

Willis Group Holdings, the global insurance broker, has appointed Anna Cheng Catalano to its board of directors.

Catalano is a recognised figure in the global petroleum industry who has held a variety of US and global positions, including sales operations, technical R&D, strategic planning, marketing, international business development and general management.

She has spent 20 years in the industry, first with Amoco and subsequently with BP, where she held the top marketing position.

Her efforts on the mentoring and advancement of women in business were recognised by Fortune magazine in 2001, placing her among "the most powerful women in international business".

Catalano currently serves on the boards of directors of SSL International, Hercules and the Gulf Coast Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Her appointment to the Willis board brings the board's total up to 13, 12 of whom are independent.

Junction, the affinity arm of the Budget Group, has appointed Nigel Asplin as director of corporate partnerships.

Asplin joined Junction in September 2005 from his previous role as director of group general insurance at Bradford & Bingley, bringing with him a wealth of insurance industry knowledge and experience.

This new role is the first stage of strategic change in the structure of the Junction business and will see Asplin focus on overseeing the relationship management team with an emphasis on partner relations.


Heritage Underwriting Agency has appointed Nick Jones as active underwriter of syndicate 1200.

Jones started his insurance career in 1993 as an underwriting assistant to the active underwriter at DP Mann.

He later joined Heritage in 2003, along with the rest of the team from DP Mann/Faraday.

He was one of two underwriters to successfully represent the Lloyd's market in the Silverstein v WTC supreme court trial in New York.

Jones takes over the position from Les Rock, who retired earlier this year. Richard Pexton, Heritage chief executive, describes him as a "natural successor".

AIG Europe
AIG Europe's travel team has appointed Paul Frick as German representative for pan-European business.

Frick has previously held several underwriting and sales positions with Zurich and Allianz Insurance.

He was most recently responsible for the underwriting and development of solvency insurance for key players in the European travel market.

In this new position Frick will be responsible for the development and management of key pan-European accounts, including ebookers and Opodo.


Rae Parmenter has been appointed as sales coordinator at commercial premium finance provider Aascent.

Parmenter previously worked for LogicaCMG as insurance manager, and she has spent more than 20 years working within the insurance industry for insurers, brokers and on the client side.

This move follows last month's appointment of Lloyd Hanks as sales and marketing director for the broker-facing sales team.

Pauline Stoffberg has joined Capco's London office to lead its insurance and pensions practice in Europe.

Stoffberg was previously employed by the Standard Life Group as sales director of its healthcare company. Prior to that she worker for Deloitte Consulting and Ernst & Young.

She will be bringing a deep knowledge of the insurance and pensions industry to the global provider of consulting, processing services and technology solutions.

The CII has elected its new line-up of officers for the 2006-07 institute year.

These appointments take effect from 5 October.

Ian Templeton takes the role of president, with the Rt Hon The Lord Hunt of Wirral as deputy president. Treasurer practitioner will be Jonathan Clark.

Vice-presidents on council will be Richard Anderson, Sian Fisher, Mike Hammond, Julian James and Ken Wallace, with Chris Hanks and Peter Hubbard taking on the roles of vice-presidents.


Richard Blackburn has joined Halifax-based insurance and risk management firm Wilby as its new managing director.

Blackburn, now 36, was previously employed as a regional director in the Leeds office of Jardine Lloyd Thompson, having spent 12 years with JLT and predecessor companies in Leeds and Huddersfield.

Commenting on the appointment, chairman Peter Wilby said: "We are delighted to have attracted such a talented and experienced person to head up our top team. I am sure that Richard will help us to achieve our business goal of doubling in size over the next three years. Our recent short-listing in the broking initiative category of the British Insurance Awards is ample evidence that Richard is joining a very talented and enthusiastic team."

Blackburn said: "I have respected Wilby as a professional, progressive broker for many years and so I was delighted to be given this opportunity to lead the company in the next phase of its development."