5 People on the Move

Marsh appoints a new chief executive officer for Victor Insurance Holdings and Insurance Office of America names a cannabis risk management consultant in this People on the Move.
By: | March 12, 2020

Marsh Appoints Brian Hanuschak as CEO, Victor Insurance Holdings

Brian Hanuschak, chief executive officer, Victor Insurance Holdings

Marsh announced that Brian Hanuschak has been appointed chief executive officer of Victor Insurance Holdings, the world’s largest managing general underwriter. Based in Chevy Chase, Maryland, Hanuschak reports to John Doyle, president and chief executive officer, Marsh.

Prior to the expansion of his role, Hanuschak served as president of Victor North America. He also held the role of president of Victor O. Schinnerer & Company, now Victor U.S.

His responsibilities will grow to overseeing Victor’s global businesses, including Victor North America, ICAT, Dovetail and Victor International.

“Victor is an important part of Marsh’s growth strategy, and Brian’s expanded role will help ensure that carriers and agents around the world benefit from Victor’s cutting-edge digital distribution and underwriting platforms,” said Doyle.

“I look forward to leading Victor’s exceptional global team as we continue to build the offering for our insurance partners and clients,” Hanuschak added. 

Matthew LeBlanc Named Health Care Practice Leader, Edgewood Healthcare Advisors

Edgewood Healthcare Advisors, a division of EPIC Insurance Brokers, announced that Matthew LeBlanc has been promoted to health care practice leader for the eastern region. He will report to Susan Tewhill, national health care practice leader for Edgewood.

LeBlanc has been in the health care liability market for almost two decades. In his newly expanded role, LeBlanc will be responsible for retention and growth of the practice. He will continue his leadership role within the physician practice as well.

LeBlanc has held previous positions at Healthcare Risk Specialists during his career. He has also earned a Registered Professional Liability Underwriter designation.

“We are thrilled to have Matt step into this added leadership role and know that he will help the practice grow and provide consulting services to our clients in the health care industry,” said Tewhill.

Verne Pedro to Manage Newest Fullerton Beck Office in New Jersey

Verne Pedro, managing attorney, Fullerton Beck LLP, Red Bank, N.J.

New York-based law firm Fullerton Beck opened its first New Jersey office in Red Bank in an effort to expand its geographic presence and insurance coverage practice.

It will be managed by Verne Pedro.

“Our hope was to expand to New Jersey in 2020, but we had to find the ideal attorney — an accomplished lawyer with leadership skills to manage the office and one with a practice and work ethic that complements what we’ve built,” said Katrine Beck, co-founder of Fullerton Beck on Pedro’s hiring.

Pedro has nearly 20 years of experience as an attorney, advising clients on diverse issues from asset protection, insurance coverage and risk transfer, and helping them make informed decisions.

He represents insurance carriers and captive insurers on matters involving property damage, construction defects, environmental, title insurance, personal injury, additional insureds, errors and omissions, Bermuda form policies, professional liability and others.

Ryan Kelly Named Vice President of Business Development, Rising Medical Solutions

Rising Medical Solutions has hired longtime workers’ compensation executive Ryan Kelly as its new vice president of business development.

With more than 20 years of industry experience, Kelly will be responsible for directing client acquisition efforts and expanding Rising’s clinical services footprint.

Kelly most recently served as York Risk Services’ vice president of managed care operations. He has also held positions with Healthcare Solutions, CareWorks, Stratacare and Coventry.

“With so much industry consolidation of managed care firms, as well as venture capital infusion, it does not always bode well for payers in terms of service quality and flexibility,” said Kelly.

“I joined Rising because it is one of the few substantial private players remaining, and [its] ability to be completely customer-focused versus investment return-focused really appealed to me.”

“Ryan’s strong operations background gives him firsthand insight into the interventions needed across an injured employee’s health care life cycle,” said Michael Wright, Rising’s national vice president of business development.

“With such industry knowledge, Ryan will provide a very consultative experience for new clients, and I look forward to the ways he will help drive customer value and success.”

Insurance Office of America Names Aaron Cohen Risk Management Consultant

Aaron Cohen, risk management consultant, Insurance Office of America

Insurance Office of America (IOA) named Aaron Cohen to its western insurance services team as a risk management consultant for its cannabis business. He will be based in Encino, Calif.

“A knowledgeable leader and innovator, we are fortunate to have someone with Aaron’s experience in this growing niche join our company,” said IOA regional president John Tenuto.

Cohen is licensed in property and casualty as well as accident and health and specializes in the cannabis and hemp industry. His responsibilities will include closing partnerships and driving sustainable growth.

“We are excited to add a new team member with Aaron’s expertise in the high-growth industry of cannabis,” said IOA producer Matt Engle.

“He will contribute significantly to our expanding national practice.” &

Emily Spennato is a former staff writer with Risk & Insurance.