Who's moving where

Dual International appoints new CEO Gerry

Dual International, an underwriting agency specialising in directors & officers (D&O) and professional indemnity (PI) insurance, has appointed James Gerry as chief executive officer.

Gerry, who served most recently as the director of underwriting for XL Capital's

Lloyd's operations, is an industry professional with over 20 years' experience.

Guy Pentelow has joined Ecclesiastical's financial services division in the new role of actuarial and financial services manager.

He brings with him a wealth of experience in the life industry, and was formerly president and CEO of Norwich Union, Canada.

Jaime Paredes joins the ACE Group of Companies as chairman and chief executive officer of ACE Latin America.

Klaus Gebhardt, currently executive vice president, Global Property at ACE Bermuda, has been appointed to the position of chief underwriting officer, ACE Latin America.

Paredes joins ACE from Skandia, where he served for 23 years in various leadership positions, most recently as president and chief operating officer of Skandia Latin America.

Wilby has appointed Paul McAndrew as manager of its Blue Sky Underwriting division.

McAndrew is an experienced commercial underwriter and joins Wilby from the Smithson Mason Group in Leeds.

Affiliated FM
Chris Benstead has joined commercial property insurer Affiliated FM as production underwriter.

Prior to joining Affiliated FM, Benstead served 12 years as a property underwriter with Eagle Star located in Sutton and Watford and nearly three years with Independent Insurance in London where he managed a team of underwriters. Most recently, he was a development manager with Allianz Cornhill based in Woking and Maidstone.

Alarm has appointed Carolyn Halpin as chair-elect, Middlesbrough Borough Council. Sharon Roots becomes treasurer, London Borough of Newham and Paul Dudley has been appointed as secretary, Hertfordshire County Council. Dave Francis has been appointed as assistant treasurer, Sunderland City Council.

Misys Insurance Management has strengthened its insurer relations team.

The new team will be headed up by John Dawson, pictured left, who has over 14 years' experience in the sector.

Nick Giddings takes on the new role of insurance services manager, and joins from a business development position in Misys Financial Systems.

As part of the new team, Philip Head, who has an extensive range of general insurance, sales and regulatory knowledge, has been appointed to further strengthen MIM's commercial relationships.

Caroline Hardiman has been appointed as PR manager for Misys General Insurance. She joins from award-winning PR consultancy, Haslimann Taylor Public Relations, where she was responsible for high profile accounts including Taylor Woodrow.

CTC Services
CTC Services has appointed Paul Handy to its non-marine division. Handy is an experienced property claims specialist and joins from a major multi-national adjusting practice.

He has 13 years' experience in the insurance market. He will be based in the City of London with both home and foreign responsibilities.

24/7 Assist
24/7 Assist has appointed of one of the travel sector's most experienced executives as its chair. Pat Bird was formerly MD of market-leader TPU.

AUTOGLASS has appointed Steve Edwards as the new regional manager for the South West area.

He brings a wealth of experience to AUTOGLASS, having spent most of his career with a company called Crazy George's, with his most recent appointment as a regional manager in London.

Loss Recovery Group
Underwriting agency, Loss Recovery Group (LRG), has appointed four new staff to join its regional broker business development team.

Andrew Yemm has been appointed as business development executive for LRG's South West Region. He joins LRG from Royal & SunAlliance (R&SA) where he was a broker business manager responsible for a panel of 20+ brokers in the Bristol and South

West Market.
Marcus Copping is appointed as business development executive for the Northern Region.

He joins LRG from AIG Europe where he had a development underwriting role focused on corporate personal accident and business travel accounts.

Joanne Ward is appointed business development executive - Midlands Region.

She joins LRG from Willis where she worked as an account director.

Lee Bennett is appointed as sales support for the Northern Region. Bennett joins LRG from the Benfield Group.

Denney O'Hara
Independent financial advisor, Denney O'Hara (Life & Pensions), has expanded its board with the appointment of two new directors.

Pensions and financial consultants Sharron Vodden and Steve McDermott join Brian Denney, chairman of the board, Jill Denney and Peter (Nimble) Thompson, non-executive director, on the board with immediate effect.

Company focus
Following the death of Pat Veysey, DAS finance director, after a short battle with cancer, the senior management team at the Bristol-based legal expenses insurer has been reorganised.

David Allen has been promoted to assistant general manager and company secretary.

He has been a senior manager in DAS for 13 years.

Bob Moreton now takes on responsibility for systems in addition to finance. His new title is chief accountant.

Karen Slaney has been promoted to the senior management team as resources manager, with responsibility for both HR and Facilities. This appointment demonstrates the growing importance of HR at a senior level.

Alex Manning and Sarah Workman take on the position of account manager and the newly created position of account technician respectively.

Manning returns to Bristol Head Office following three years as broker account executive for the South East, operating out of the DAS City Office.

Workman moves into the corporate partnership department from broker servicing.

Rob Osman takes up Sarah's former position as broker account handler in the broker servicing team, following eight months in DAS Assistance Services.

We welcome submissions for the Going Places page. Please send details of new appointments to: Going Places, Insurance Times, 30 Cannon Street, London EC4M 6YJ. You can also fax us at 020 7618 3499 or email
lisa.babalis@instimes.co.uk .

Photographic prints must be good quality - scanned digital images must be 300 dpi resolution or above.