Assurex Global Appoints New COO and Two Vice Presidents: Execs Tapped To Manage US$19 Billion International Insurance Group

Columbus, Ohio (ots/PRNewswire) - Assurex Global-the world's
largest privately held risk management and commercial insurance brokerage group--is pleased to announce the appointment of three senior executives: Kelli K. Black, Executive Vice President and COO; Curt C. Anderson, Vice President, Finance; and Paul H. Chidester, Vice President, Business Development. The appointments were announced by Assurex Global President and CEO, Jim Hackbarth.

Kelli Black, Assurex Global's newly appointed Executive Vice President and COO, is responsible for the day-to-day management of Assurex Global operations. With Assurex Global since 1987, she previously held the position of Vice President, Partner Services. In that role, Black was responsible for a broad range of Partner services, including the planning of professional development meetings for Assurex Global's Partners and their 20,000 employees. In addition, Black played an integral role in the strategic development of Assurex Global's innovative new Partner Gateway Website, and was responsible for public relations and advertising.

"Kelli Black has been a valuable member of the Assurex Global management team for the past 18 years," said Assurex Global President and CEO Jim Hackbarth. "Her solid relationships with more than 100 international Partners, coupled with her proven ability to manage global operations makes Kelli ideally suited to assume the position of Executive Vice President and COO," said Hackbarth.

Curt Anderson, Assurex Global's newly appointed Vice President, Finance, has extensive insurance industry and public accounting experience. Prior to joining Assurex Global, Anderson held executive positions with Evergreen National Indemnity, GreatLand Insurance, and Auto Club Insurance. He also served as a senior auditor with Hausser & Taylor, CPAs, and KPMG Peat Marwick. A Marine Corps veteran, Anderson holds an MBA from Ohio State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Paul Chidester, Assurex Global's newly appointed Vice President, Business Development, brings experience in insurance and other industries to his position. Prior to joining Assurex Global, Chidester held an executive position with Frank Gates Service Company, where he was responsible for maintaining relationships with insurance carriers and brokers, and expanding workers' compensation, liability, and property insurance programs statewide and nationally. Previously, Chidester held positions with Carl Craig Company and Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith, and was the founder and principal of NAPTA. Chidester holds a BA in business administration from Franklin University.

"Assurex Global delivers seamless global insurance, risk management and employee benefits products and services from offices located in every major city of the globe," said Hackbarth. "Kelli Black, Curt Anderson, and Paul Chidester have the insurance industry expertise, management experience, and business savvy necessary to help our worldwide broker network achieve unsurpassed growth," said Hackbarth.

Columbus, Ohio-based Assurex Global is staffed by more than 20,000 experienced industry professionals generating annual premiums in excess of US$19 billion. Assurex Global Partners deliver seamless global insurance, risk management and employee benefits products and services from more than 130 offices located in every major city of the globe. Assurex Global Partners are among the leading independent insurance agencies in their respective markets. What differentiates Assurex Global from national brokers is that Assurex Global Partners are managed by their owners. Typically employing 100 professionals each, Assurex Global Partners deliver property, casualty, surety, life and employee benefits insurance for large and small clients.

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