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Two major insurance producer groups have filled top-level executive posts.

The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, Falls Church, Va., has named John Healy to succeed David Woods as the association’s chief executive officer.

Woods, who has been serving as CEO of NAIFA, Falls Church, Va., for 5 years, is set to retire Aug. 31.

Meanwhile, an organization that represents independent wholesale life brokers, the National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies, Fairfax, Va., has picked Jack Chiasson to become the group’s executive director. Chiasson is taking over day-to-day management of NAILBA from Joseph Normandy, who left the organization in March.

NAIFA’s outgoing leader, Woods, led the group about 20 years ago. He left, then came out of retirement 5 years ago to help lead NAIFA through serious challenges, according to NAIFA President John Davidson.

“Today, NAIFA is on strong financial terms and is positioned to meet the needs of its members,” Davidson says. “And Dave Woods played a key role in making it happen.”

NAIFA formed a search committee to find Healy, Woods’ successor.

Healy has been president of the American Machine Tool Distributors Association, Rockville, Md., since January 2006.

From 1987 to 1999, Healy was president of the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association, Alexandria, Va. At the NWPCA, he coined the phrase “Pallets Move the World,” according to Pallet Enterprise magazine.

Healy has helped promote the use of radio frequency identification devices to help manufacturers and shippers track pallets and increase the security of the pallets being shipped, according to the program notes for a 2005 U.S. Department of Commerce conference on RFID technology. Healy talked about industry perspectives at the conference.

Healy later left to take a job with a pallet manufacturer. He then worked as a consultant before joining the AMTDA.

Healy says he hopes to work on improving the value of membership in NAIFA.

“I look forward to meeting NAIFA’s members, listening to their ideas about the opportunities that lie ahead for both NAIFA and the industry, hearing their input and working with them to create a better future through the new direction outlined in NAIFA’s strategic plan,” Healy says.

At NAILBA, the executive search committee decided to go with an in-house candidate.

Chiasson has been NAILBA’s director of conventions and events. He previously spent many years working for charities and trade groups, including the National Association of Broadcasters, Washington, and the Public Risk Management Association, Alexandria, Va.

“NAILBA is committed to supporting, improving, and protecting the wholesale life brokerage industry, ultimately helping our members grow their agencies,” Chiasson says in a statement about his new position. “I look forward to working with the NAILBA team of volunteer leadership and staff to continue the advancement of the organization’s strategic goals.”