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Alliant appoints Employee Benefits VP

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Henry Beceiro joined Alliant Insurance Services’s Employee Benefits Group as vice president. Beceiro will employ his expertise in servicing large employer groups to grow Alliant’s business within the San Diego region. Beceiro brings more than 25 years of experience in employee benefits on both the brokerage and carrier sides of the business. He previously served as a client executive with a global insurance brokerage firm. He has extensive experience servicing large employer groups across a breadth of industries, including public entity, construction, not-for-profit and manufacturing.

Beceiro holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Long Beach and the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist designation sponsored by the Wharton School of Business. He is a member of the International Federation of Employee Benefit Plans and serves on the board of directors for the Compensation and Benefits Association of San Diego.

He will be based in the San Diego office.

In other news:

Anthony (Tony) Garcia has been appointed as Foresters new president and chief executive officer, effective May 1. Garcia succeeds current president and chief executive officer George Mohacsi, who will retire from the organization on June 30, 2014.

Garcia brings more than 26 years of executive management and leadership experience in the U.S. life and annuity industry, and most recently served as president of Western and Southern Agency Group. Previously, he was president and chief executive officer of TIAA-CREF Life Insurance Company. Other financial services industry experience includes positions with Allstate, HSBC and the HealthMarkets life and health subsidiaries.

Garcia currently serves on the board of trustees for the American College and board of trustees for the Center of Ethics for the American College. Formerly, he served on the board of directors for the American Council of Life Insurers.

Rich Williams has been named senior vice president, Growth Markets at Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company. His responsibilities include leading the company’s brokerage, direct, large account and public sector marketing programs and services.

Williams joined Colonial Life in 1999 as an actuarial assistant leading product development and pricing. He also has held positions in the finance, operations, national accounts and broker marketing areas. He previously served as chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Strategic Resource Company, an Aetna subsidiary, and managed a retirement consulting actuarial practice for Mercer.

Williams holds a bachelor’s degree from Wofford College, a master’s degree from Wake Forest University and a doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina. He is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. Williams also serves on the board of Healthy Learners, a local nonprofit organization.

Chief Learning Officer magazine named New York Life a LearningElite organization for 2014 for creating and implementing workforce development practices that deliver measurable business value.

New York Life ranked 57th from a record-breaking field of more than 200 companies participating in the prestigious annual benchmarking program.

The peer-reviewed ranking and benchmarking program utilizes rigorous evaluation methodologies to objectively assess both the scope and value of participants’ learning and development practices and to rank the organizations based upon the execution and impact of these initiatives.

Willis Group Holdings (NYSE:WSH) appointed Greg Solomon to the International division of its reinsurance business, Willis Re, as regional director, head of Life & Health in Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Turkey and Africa (APMETA). He will be based in Hong Kong and will begin leading the APMETA Life & Health team as of May 1 2014. Prior to joining Willis Re, Solomon spent 21 years with Swiss Re in various roles in different countries, previously running its global reinsurance capital management team out of London, and most recently as Head of Life & Health Clients in Hong Kong, Taiwan & South East Asia.

Through its subsidiary Assured SKCG, AssuredPartners Inc. acquired MHB Insurance, located in Peekskill, N.Y. The agency specializes in insurance for businesses, municipalities and individuals, and provides life, health and employee benefits services. MHB Insurance will combine operations with Assured SKCG.

Assured SKCG is located in White Plains, N.Y., and became an AssuredPartners company in 2011.

Through its newly formed platform AssuredPartners Gulf Coast, AssuredPartners  the property & casualty and group benefits insurance lines of business from Hancock Holding Company. The acquisition includes select Hancock Insurance Agency and Whitney Insurance Agency commercial retail operations, reporting approximately $8 million in combined annual revenues. 

The acquired commercial retail operations are based in New Orleans, La., Hattiesburg, Miss., Mobile, Ala., and Tampa, Fla. The New Orleans acquisition will operate as J Everett Eaves, an AssuredPartners Gulf Coast company, the Hattiesburg and Mobile acquisitions will operate as AssuredPartners Gulf Coast, the Tampa acquisition will operate as AssuredPartners Gulf Coast.

Under terms of the acquisition, more than 50 employees from the select Hancock Insurance Agency and Whitney Insurance Agency commercial retail operations will join AssuredPartners. Employees will remain in their current office locations.