A national insurance group affiliated with the Life Office Management Association Inc. has a new chief.

The board of the Life Insurers Council, Atlanta, has named Michael Sims executive director.

The former LIC executive director, Scott Cipinko, is now managing director of a new premium finance trade group.

Sims, a lawyer of counsel with Woodward, Hobson & Fulton L.L.P., Louisville, Ky., is the former president of Reliable Life Insurance Company, St. Louis.

Sims chaired the Laws and Legislation Committee for the LIC from 1993 to 1996.