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Gallagher Bassett names a national practice leader for Public Sector, Liberty Mutual names a chief claims officer of GRS.
By: | June 2, 2020

Gallagher Bassett Names Greg McKenna National Practice Leader, Public Sector

Greg McKenna, national practice leader, Public Sector, Gallagher Bassett

Gallagher Bassett has appointed Greg McKenna to the position of national practice leader, Public Sector. In his new role, which was effective June 1, McKenna will lead GB North America’s efforts to expand services to public sector prospects and clients.  He will report to Joe Zinga, senior vice president, Risk Management Sales.

McKenna has 20 years of industry experience and most recently served as director of Communication and External Affairs at Gallagher Bassett. He will continue his work on the award-winning governmental affairs briefing, The Way, and increase his involvement with industry associations and thought leadership efforts related to the public sector.

“Service to the public sector is a foundational strength of Gallagher Bassett,” Zinga said. “Greg’s track record in governmental affairs, his energy, and his expertise in the risk and claims industry make him a natural fit for this role. I am thrilled to have him on the Risk Management Sales team as we continue to grow this critical sector of Gallagher Bassett’s North American business.”

 “I am grateful to the organization for the opportunity to bring together my passion for governmental affairs, communications, and claims management,” McKenna said. “I am beyond excited to work alongside our leadership team, account teams and dedicated claims professionals serving our public sector clients.”

Catalina Holdings Makes Two New Appointments to the Board

Caroline Foulger, senior independent non-executive director of the Board, Catalina Holdings Ltd.

Bruce Hemphill, non-executive chairman of the Board, Catalina Holdings Ltd.

Catalina Holdings Ltd. announced the appointments of Bruce Hemphill, non-executive chairman of its Board, and Caroline Foulger as senior independent non-executive director. The appointments were effective May 26.

Hemphill was appointed non-executive director to Catalina’s Board in 2019.

He is the former CEO of Old Mutual PLC. His experience includes working with governments, regulators, shareholders, bondholders and the media across international markets and jurisdictions. 

Fougler has been an independent non-executive director of Catalina since 2014 and chairs the company’s Audit Committee, as well as being a member of its Conflicts Committee. She is a Bermuda resident and was a partner at PwC Bermuda for 12 years, specializing in serving the insurance and reinsurance industry with audit and advisory services.  

Chris Fagan, chief executive of Catalina, commented: “Bruce’s appointment as Non-Executive Chairman is an important step in Catalina’s governance splitting the combined Chairman and Chief Executive role for the first time. Bruce has made a valuable contribution since being appointed as a Non-Executive Director last year, and his leadership of the board will strengthen our governance.”

Origami Risk Appoints Sean Salvas as Senior Market Strategy Lead – EHS 

Sean Salvas, senior market strategy lead, EHS, Origami Risk

Origami Risk, a risk, safety and insurance Software as a Service (SaaS) technology firm, announced the appointment of Sean Salvas as senior market strategy lead for the firm’s newly established Environmental Health and Safety practice.

 In this new role at Origami, Salvas will lead the development and implementation of a suite of new technology-based solutions for EHS professionals.

This will expand on Origami’s existing EHS tools, such as those for incidents, audits, inspections and action tracking, to include new functionality for compliance obligations, job safety analysis, observations and other EHS needs.

While all features will be designed to meet EHS requirements, they will also be scalable for deployment on fully integrated platforms to facilitate cross-functional collaboration with risk management, human resources, operations, finance, compliance and other disciplines to drive enterprise-wide EHS initiatives. 

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 “As we expand our portfolio of solutions to meet the specific needs of EHS professionals, Sean brings extensive EHS leadership experience and knowledge to help drive this process,” said Earne Bentley, president of the Risk Solutions division of Origami Risk. “We’re delighted that he has joined our team and look forward to his contributions to our growing number of EHS clients and the firm.” 

Based in Phoenix, Salvas has a decade of leadership experience in EHS and related technology. Previously, he was vice president, Business Development with RegScan, Inc. He has also served as EHS program lead at Honeywell and a safety engineer and program lead with Intel.

Liberty Mutual Names Steve Deane, North America Chief Claims Officer for GRS

Steve Deane, North America chief claims officer, Global Risk Solutions, Liberty Mutual

Liberty Mutual Insurance appointed Steve Deane as North America chief claims officer for Global Risk Solutions (GRS), Liberty Mutual’s global commercial and specialty lines (re)insurer.

As chief claims officer, Deane will lead a 3,000-person team of claims professionals focused on delivering best-in-class service and outcomes to GRS customers. Deane will be responsible for all aspects of executive claims management and service delivery, reporting to GRS North America President Tracy Ryan.

Prior to joining Liberty Mutual, Deane led The Hartford’s Group Benefits & Workers’ Compensation Claims organization. Before that, he was an attorney at Robinson & Cole, LLP, working on the insurance litigation team.

“Our claims service is a defining strength for Liberty Mutual, and I’m excited to have Steve leading this team,” said Ryan.

“Steve brings a wealth of multi-line claims experience, having held a variety of roles in workers’ compensation, liability and complex claims. His strong experience and leadership skills will help continue to build on the value our claims organization delivers.” &

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

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