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


Marsh has promoted Edwin Charnaud to European practice leader of its private equity and merger and acquisition practice (Pema) based in London.

Charnaud was previously chief operating officer of Pema Europe.

Jane Shelmerdine has also been promoted to sales and service leader of the corporate client practice in Marsh's Leeds office.

Shelmerdine first joined Marsh in 1999 in a development executive role before becoming sales leader in the Leeds office.

Aon has appointed Mike Henthorn as managing director of Aon Insurance Managers (Isle of Man), a division of Aon Captive Services.

Henthorn, who has managed Aon's corporate insurance broking operations in the Isle of Man for a number of years, will be responsible for both the captive and broking operations on the Isle of Man. He succeeds Duncan Donald in the role, who has been promoted to the board of Aon Captive Services.


Allianz Cornhill

David Keel has been appointed group marketing and communications manager at Allianz Cornhill, following the recent retirement of Geoff Mayhew.

Keel first joined Allianz Cornhill in 1999 as commercial manager of Petplan and was promoted to marketing manager of Allianz Cornhill Animal Health in 2001.

MMA has promoted motor trade underwriting manager Paul Salter to overall motor underwriting manager responsible for the private car, commercial vehicle and motor trade portfolio.

Salter will assume his new position from 1 September.

Markel has appointed Joe Considine to head its new regional office in Cambridge.

Considine joins from MIA General Insurance and has previously worked at firms including Burke Ford and Lombard General.

Tokio Marine Europe
Tokio Marine Europe Insurance has appointed the following senior staff to its underwriting teams:

  • Geoff Wilkinson as marine underwriting department manager responsible for the London market and corporate business. He joins from Chubb Europe.
  • Richard Costain as senior marine underwriter responsible for London market and corporate business. He joins from O'Farrell Syndicate.
  • Ian Monahan as non-marine marketing and development manager. He joins from Royal & SunAlliance.
  • Quinn-direct
    David Streets has joined Quinn-direct as UK commercial manager, based in its Manchester office.

    Streets was previously finance director for NIS Europe, a hotel and travel booking company in North West England.

    Victoria Steele has also joined Quinn-direct's Manchester office as UK manager for private motor claims.

    Steele was previously invoice processing and claims manager for the retail division of the Co-operative Group.

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    Buckley Scott
    Buckley Scott Associates has appointed Patrick Harrington to head its new construction liability division.

    Harrington joins from Cunningham Lindsey, where he specialised in construction employers' liability, public liability and product liability.

    Andy McDonald has also been appointed to the company's board. McDonald joined the company in 2001.


    DTE has made the following appointments in its risk and financial management division:

  • Nick Green as business development director. Green previously managed his own insurance brokers as well as working for Maestro.
  • Lesley Cooper as account executive. Cooper joins from Stuart Alexander in Whitefield.
  • Neil Martin as financial planning consultant. Martin was previously self-employed at Advanced Financial Retirement Planning, and prior to this worked for Zurich.
  • Watson Wyatt
    Watson Wyatt has appointed Jürgen Heiny and Zeljko Tipuric from Feri Institutional Management to its investment consulting practice in Germany.

    The appointments follow Dr Torsten Köpke's recent move from Feri to Watson Wyatt to lead the global firm's German investment consulting business.

    Genworth Financial
    Genworth Financial has appointed Robert Brannock as president and chief executive of its global payment protection insurance business.

    Formerly sales and marketing director of the business, Brannock has also been made a corporate officer of Genworth Financial.

    In his new role he will succeed William C Goings, who has been appointed president of Genworth's life insurance business based in Virginia, US.

    Intermap Technologies has appointed Mark Stanley as director of UK sales for its range of Nextmap Britain terrain mapping data and related products.

    Stanley joins from Ordnance Survey, where he was strategic development manager for the mobile wireless sector.

    Winchester White
    Financial services management consultancy Winchester White has promoted Aileen Croft to director.

    Croft first joined Winchester White seven years ago after periods working in strategy consulting and life and pensions management with Abbey Life.


    Richard Burgess
    Southend-based brokers Alan Blunden & Co has appointed Richard Burgess as director.

    Burgess has worked in the insurance industry since leaving school at 16. He joins Alan Blunden's board following four years at HSBC Insurance Brokers as head of product development. He previously spent 11 years with brokers Fairweather Insurance Services.

    Alan Blunden employs over 50 staff and supports in excess of 1,500 brokers under the Spectrum Abacus brand.

    Burgess said of his new role: "I am relishing the opportunity of driving forward the firm's range of products, particularly focusing on the personal lines and commercial retail parts of the business and bringing on new schemes based on the many strong relationships I have with insurers.

    "It is good to be back in the broking environment, especially with the dynamic management team that exists at Alan Blunden."

    Burgess, who is 32, has been a Special Constable in the Met Police for 14 years and works every Friday night. He also enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his family and young son.