NU Online News Service, Dec. 1, 2004, 3:08 p.m. EST

A Redwood City, Calif., insurance broker has added a benefits specialist.[@@]

ABD Insurance and Financial Services has hired Tony Casabat to be a senior vice president and sales executive in the company’s employee benefits practice.

Casabat, who has focused on advising large and midsize companies, has been a principal in the San Francisco office of Mercer Human Resource Consulting L.L.C. He also has worked for Aetna Inc., Hartford, and for an independent, San Francisco-based insurance brokerage firm.

Casabat has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He holds the Certified Financial Planner professional designation.

ABD is a unit of Greater Bay Bancorp, Palo Alto, Calif.