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Charles Taylor appoints marketing and business development SVP, Haynes and Boone welcomes new insurance recovery practice partner and more.
By: | March 25, 2022

Charles Taylor Appoints SVP of Marketing and Business Development

Heather H. Burnham, senior vice president of marketing and business development, Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor recently appointed Heather H. Burnham as senior vice president of marketing and business development. Burnham will be responsible for advancing full-service claims solutions, including third-party administration (TPA) and managed care services.

Bringing more than two decades of experience to her new role, Burnham will lead development, high-impact marketing programs and brand strategy for the TPA business, according to a press release.

“We are thrilled to welcome Heather to the team as a seasoned marketing leader at a time of rapid growth and opportunity for Charles Taylor,” said Christopher Schaffer, chief executive officer of Charles Taylor Global TPA.

Haynes and Boone Adds Experienced Litigator to Insurance Recovery Practice

Robert Shulman, partner, insurance recovery group, Haynes and Boone, LLP

Haynes and Boone, LLP’s insurance recovery group has welcomed experienced litigator, Robert Shulman, as a partner working out of the firm’s Washington, D.C. and New York offices.

Shulman has been involved in some of the nation’s most significant insurance recovery efforts for more than three decades. He joins Haynes Boone from Paley Rothman, where he was chair of the firm’s insurance recovery group.

Shulman has successfully argued precedent-setting appeals in federal and state courts across the country and has conducted international arbitrations, according to a press release.

“This is a true combination of strength on strength,” said Haynes Boone partner Ernest Martin, chair of the firm’s insurance recovery group. “Robert is a first-chair litigator with a keen tactical sense, gained from years of experience, about how corporations can best secure coverage for claims that are often existential in scope.”

“As one of the industry’s recognized thought leaders, he adds enormous firepower to our team,” Martin added.

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Appoints North American Head of Cyber

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) has promoted Tresa Stephens to regional head of cyber, tech & media, North America, effective April 1, 2022.  Based in New York, Stephens joined AGCS North America in September 2020 as a regional product leader, Northeast region for financial lines.

She has been instrumental in “developing and implementing AGCS’ cyber underwriting strategy as well as compelling service capabilities for AGCS distribution partners and clients,” according to a press release.

“Tresa has done an outstanding job in executing our national cyber strategy and steps into this cyber leadership role with our full confidence for continued success,” said Joe Caruso, regional head of financial lines, North America.

Previously, Stephens led the east region cyber practice of Argo Group as an underwriting manager, tech E&O and cyber. She also held underwriting positions at Chubb, where she was an executive underwriter for financial lines, and Hiscox as a cyber underwriter, technology E&O & privacy.

Holmes Murphy Hires Senior Client Advocate

Jay Reimers, senior client advocate, Holmes Murphy

Holmes Murphy hired Jay Reimers as a senior client advocate.

In his new role at Holmes Murphy, Reimers will be responsible for advising clients in managing risk and helping them prepare for challenges in today’s ever-changing economy. Reimers will also help coordinate Holmes Murphy’s service team and offer new ideas and innovative thinking to help clients improve and grow their businesses, per a press release.

“Jay has always been a competitor, and that is absolutely reflective in all of his advocacy and work on behalf of his clients,” said Jay Reavis, SVP and managing director, brokerage services for Holmes Murphy.

“Jay truly values the principals for which Holmes Murphy operates and understands the importance of the loyalty earned from our clients and stakeholders throughout the insurance industry,” Reavis added.

Prior to joining Holmes Murphy, Reimers served as senior vice president, business development for an insurance consulting company, where he also specialized in strategic client advocacy.

United Educators Names Vice President of Risk Management

United Educators Insurance (UE), a reciprocal risk retention group serving K-12 schools, colleges, and universities, has named Sarah Braughler to succeed Constance Neary as vice president for risk management, effective June 1.

“Sarah brings a tremendous depth of knowledge on how to help our members manage their risks and resolve their claims with empathy and efficiency,” UE’s president and CEO Janice Abraham said: “We are grateful to Constance for her tangible contributions to UE over 30 years, including helping to grow future leaders like Sarah.”

Braughler joined UE as a claims attorney and advanced to become associate vice president, risk management. During her time at UE she has overseen complex insurance claims and high exposure litigation. She has also played an active role in shaping company strategy and overseeing risk research, consulting services, and online learning programs, according to a press release.

Along with Abraham, she coauthored “Risk Management: An Accountability Guide for University and College Boards, Second Edition.” Prior to working for UE, Sarah was a staff attorney at the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

Risk Strategies Welcomes New Senior Director of Benefits & Retirement

Kimberly Fletcher, senior director, benefits and retirement, Risk Strategies

Risk Strategies hired Kimberly Fletcher to serve as senior director of benefits and retirement. In this role, Fletcher will lead the company’s health and welfare strategy, retirement plan management and wellness engagement for the employee base.

“We are so pleased to welcome Kimberly to Risk Strategies,” said John Mina, CEO of Risk Strategies. “She will be a key contributor to our employee engagement and total rewards strategy.”

Fletcher joins Risk Strategies from NASDAQ where she held the role of assistant vice president of global benefits. Prior her time at NASDAQ, Fletcher worked in benefits for AppNexus, The Boston Consulting Group and Macquarie Holdings, Inc. &

Raquel Moreno is a staff writer with Risk & Insurance. She can be reached at [email protected].

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