Benefit pros on the move
It may be winter, but the promotions and new hirings inside leading insurance and brokerage firms are heating up. Here are the new names and job titles that will make key decisions in the employee benefit arena going forward.
Branch appointed to FACI
Quincy L. Branch, president & CEO of Branch Benefits Consultants in Las Vegas, has been appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance. FACI is a committee composed of state government officials, insurance professionals and consumer advocates that advises the Federal Insurance Office. Branch started his insurance career in college while working for his father's agency. In 2013, he was honored by Vegas, Inc. as one of Las Vegas's 40 under 40.
The Standard promotes Briggs to second vice president
Julie Briggs has been promoted to second vice president and associate actuary for Standard Insurance Company. Prior to joining The Standard in 2005, Briggs spent seven years at Towers Perrin and Mercer in benefits plan consulting. She has held actuarial positions in The Standard's Retirement Plans business in both the defined benefits area and the product and risk management areas, and on the Corporate Actuarial team. She currently oversees the enterprise risk-management program and led the implementation of significant new risk-management strategies at the company. In her new role, Briggs will expand her provision of governance and oversight over financial reporting and product and pricing decisions across all business lines.
Liberty Mutual promotes Erickson in the Midwest
Liberty Mutual Insurance has appointed Mark Erickson as regional vice president of the central region of Liberty Mutual Benefits. He will lead a Liberty Mutual team focusing on meeting the needs of group disability, life and absence management buyers and intermediaries throughout the central U.S. A 25-year veteran, Erickson was responsible for selling and servicing large benefit buyers for Liberty Mutual in the Midwest for the past decade. Erickson will be based in Minneapolis.
Kearney to lead The Hartford's group benefits sector
The Hartford has named Kris Kearney to lead national accounts for the group benefits business. He will report to Lori High, chief marketing officer and head of sales for group benefits, and will be responsible for enhancing relationships with top distribution partners and companies with more than 5,000 employees. Kearney joined The Hartford in 2004 as a regional sales manager and has held positions within The Hartford's Group Benefits business. Most recently, Kearney served as regional vice president of the Western division.
Latimer appointed CEO of The StayWell Company
Starting March 1, Nicole Latimer will assume the position of CEO for The StayWell Company, where she served as president since last year. Latimer succeeds Bill Goldberg, who has decided to step down from his position after a five-year tenure with StayWell and its former parent company, MediMedia USA. Goldberg, who has led StayWell since 2014 and MediMedia since 2011, plans that his last day as CEO will be Feb. 28. He will continue to support the organization through June 30.
OneAmerica names Martin senior vice president
OneAmerica has promoted Dennis Martin to the title of senior vice president, product and business development. He joined OneAmerica in 2009 as vice president of financial operations. Prior to this, he served at Western & Southern Financial Group where he was assistant vice president of planning and product development.
Alcott's Mashburn named to board of Moxxie Mentoring Foundation
HR solution provider Alcott HR announced that its Director of Human Resources Shannon Mashburn has been named to the board of directors of the Moxxie Mentoring Foundation. She has been actively involved in the organization since 2013. Mashburn's first role with the Moxxie Mentoring Foundation was as a mentor to three young women in college. Mashburn holds a Master's degree in Human Resource Management from Stony Brook University.
Rogers & Gray Insurance promotes McEachern
Allison McEachern has been promoted to senior vice president, director of human resources, inside Rogers & Gray Insurance. In her new role, McEachern will oversee the agency's hiring and training functions. She is a graduate of Stonehill College and also has a Human Resources Management certificate from George Washington University. Prior to beginning her HR career, she taught social studies on and off Cape Cod.
McGovern named senior vice president of OneAmerica
Jim McGovern will become senior vice president, employee benefits for OneAmerica. He began his career at OneAmerica in 2012 as vice president of sales. Before this, McGovern worked as regional sales manager for Cigna.
IRIC names Melia to executive director role
The Institutional Retirement Income Council has named Robert Melia as its executive director. His appointment as the organization's first executive director followed an extensive search. Prior to his appointment, Melia spent 23 years at Lincoln Financial Group, most recently as vice president of product development for Retirement Plan Services. Melia has been a member of the SPARK Institute Board of Directors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Assumption College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Drexel University.