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Personnel Changes: Aetna, EBSA, Others

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The board of Aetna Inc. has elected Ronald Williams chairman.

Williams, who took over the title of chief executive officer from Dr. John Rowe earlier this year, also will get the title of chairman when Rowe retires from that post Sunday, according to Aetna, Hartford.

Rowe has been chairman since April 2001.

Williams began working for Aetna as chief of health operations in March 2001.

Before going to work for Aetna, Williams was president of Blue Cross of California, a unit of what is now WellPoint Inc., Indianapolis.

In other personnel news:

- The U.S. Department of Labor says Ann Combs, the assistant secretary of labor and head of the Employee Benefits Security Administration, will return to the private sector Oct. 27.

Combs has been assistant secretary of EBSA since May 2001.

Combs previously was vice president and chief counsel for pensions and retirement at the American Council of Life Insurers, Washington.

- Brown & Brown Inc., Daytona Beach, Fla., has hired Paul Vredenburg to be vice president of acquisitions.

Vredenburg previously was a senior vice president at Marsh, Berry & Company Inc., Concord, Ohio, an insurance agency consulting firm.

- UnumProvident Corp., Chattanooga, Tenn., says Robert Greving has returned to his post as chief financial officer following successful recovery from surgery earlier this summer.

Joseph Zubretsky took over as interim CFO at the company June 16. Zubretsky continues to be senior executive vice president of finance, investments and corporate development at UnumProvident.

- HealthMarkets Inc., North Richland Hills, Texas, has hired Michael Boxer to be chief financial officer.

Boxer was chief financial officer of Mariner Health Care Inc., Atlanta, a skilled nursing company, from 2003 until 2004.

Boxer succeeds Mark Hauptman, will become executive vice president of HealthMarkets’ agency marketing group.

Boxer has a bachelor’s degree in business from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in business from the University of Chicago and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Colorado State University.

- Vertafore Inc., Bothell, Wash., an insurance industry software company, has hired Joe Schick to be chief financial officer.

Schick previously was the senior vice president of finance at Expedia Inc., Bellevue, Wash.

Schick is a certified public accountant

- New York Life Insurance Company, New York, has promoted Elizabeth McCarthy to first vice president in the agency department.

McCarthy, who will be responsible for the sales promotion and communications division, previously was vice president of agency communications.

McCarthy has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University.

New York Life also has promoted Marijo Murphy and Michael Yashnyk to vice president in the agency department.

Murphy has been an executive in the department’s agency standards unit and Yashnyk has been chief operating officer of NYLIFE Securities and Eagle Strategies.

- Clear Choice Health Plans, Bend, Ore., a provider-owned health plan, has hired Randal Cline to be vice president of marketing and sales.

Cline previously was chief marketing executive at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana, Helena, Mont.

- The Jacobson Group, Chicago, an insurance industry executive search firm, has hired Mike Geltser to be vice president of strategic technology.

Geltser has a master’s degree in computer science from Moscow University.

- Baltimore Life Insurance Company, Owings Mills, Md., has hired Don White to be agency team manager in its Baltimore office.

White holds the Chartered Life Underwriter and Life Underwriting Training Council Fellow professional designations.