November 6, 2017

Los Angeles, Calif.-based Worldwide Facilities has named Cameron Kelly its chief operating officer.

Kelly will be responsible for managing the company’s production offices, compliance, and acquisition integration. He will continue to serve as a member of the executive management teams.

Kelly has been with Worldwide Facilities for the past 11 years. He most recently served as chief financial officer before transitioning to the COO role. Prior to Worldwide Facilities, he was a senior financial analyst at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, and before that he was a senior accountant at Luca, Horsfall, Murphy & Pindroh LLP. He was vice president of finance and administration at Brown & Riding Insurance Services Inc. prior to those roles.

Worldwide Facilities is a national wholesale insurance broker and managing general agent.

Seattle, Wash.-based PEMCO Insurance has named M.J. Vigil to its executive team as the company’s new vice president of people and brand.

PEMCO also named Paul Barry to its executive leadership team as vice president of claims.

Vigil will be responsible for guiding customer and employee experience for PEMCO. Vigil is joining the organization under a newly created role on the executive team.

Vigil has 20 years of human resources, customer service and business leadership experience. She spent 14 years at Starbucks holding various leadership roles, most recently as vice president of human resources. Prior to Starbucks, Vigil led talent acquisition, training, and operations for Northwest hospitality companies, including Schwartz Brothers, Cucina Cucina and Restaurants Unlimited.

Barry replaces Steve Miller, who is retiring at the end of the year. Barry will begin transitioning into his new role, working with Miller through the fall.

Barry has been the senior systems manager for PEMCO’s digital services team since 2015, and he has more than 30 years of insurance industry and claims experience. He got his start in the industry as a claims adjuster. Barry worked for Safeco Insurance from 1985 to 2006. In 2004, he became the vice president of national operations.

PEMCO is a Northwest company providing auto, home and boat insurance.

Holmes Murphy has named Jim Holder vice president of employee benefits for the Colorado market.

Holder was previously senior vice president for Cigna’s Mountain States Region.

He was executive vice president in consulting services for Ascension Insurance Inc. prior to that.

Holmes Murphy is an independent brokerage that provides property/casualty insurance, employee benefits, captive insurance, risk management and loss control.

San Diego, Calif.-based ICW Group Insurance Cos. has named John Novak chief operating and strategic execution officer.

Novak will succeed David Hoppen, who accepted the position of president of VerTerra Insurance Co. (a member company of ICW Group).

Novak has more than 24 years of leadership experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry. Prior to joining ICW Group, he was a managing director of Guy Carpenter.

ICW Group is a privately held insurance company domiciled in California.

Newport Beach, Calif.-based Alliant Insurance Services has named Sal Moranato a senior vice president and pharmacy practice lead in its pharmacy consulting practice.

Morana has nearly 25 years of pharmacy practice and industry experience. He was a consultant in the pharmacy practice of brokerage firm. He has also held positions across various health system pharmacy divisions.

Alliant provides property/casualty, workers’ compensation, employee benefits, surety, and financial products and services.

Los Angeles, Calif.-based Venbrook has named Lee Exton managing director of employee benefits and total rewards.

Exton will oversee all aspects of benefits and total rewards programs.

Exton has more than 25 years of human resources and benefits consulting expertise in both the public and private sectors. Exton was most recently a principal at Mercer developing employee benefit solutions. Prior to Mercer, he served was vice president at Keenan and Associates, a healthcare practice leader at Segal, and a consultant for Willis Towers Watson.

Venbrook is an independent insurance brokerage and services firm.

Founders Professional has named Raffi Kodikian to the role of lawyers professional liability practice leader, marking the brokerage’s first West Coast hire.

Kodikian will focus on the placement of lawyer’s professional liability risks for all size law firms and work out of the newly opened San Francisco, Calif., office.

Kodikian was previously a professional liability broker for Cooper & McCloskey Inc. for more than 13 years.

Founders Professional is a national wholesale insurance brokerage focused on the placement of management liability and professional liability insurance risks.

Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. has named Dan Berry leader of the firm’s private equity and venture capital group.

Berry is a senior vice president and partner in Woodruff-Sawyer.

Woodruff-Sawyer also named Andy Blasher an account executive in the firm’s Southern California office, and John Greenfield a producer in the property/casualty practices of the firm’s San Francisco and Denver offices.

Berry joined the firm in 2011 and has specialized in the risk management and insurance needs of private equity and venture capital firms and their portfolio companies since.

Blasher has more than 20 years of experience on both the brokerage and insurance carrier sides of the business. His coverage expertise is in primary and excess casualty lines, including environmental liability.

He was previously an assistant vice president at American International Group. Before that, he spent more than 15 years at Marsh & McLennan as a client executive and placement specialist/team leader.

Greenfield will be responsible for business development and the design and management of P/C insurance and risk management programs for mid-sized to large U.S.-based companies.

He has more than 20 years of experience in the insurance industry. Prior to joining Woodruff-Sawyer, he was with Edgewood Partners Insurance Center. He began his insurance carrier career at ABD Insurance and Financial Services (now Wells Fargo Insurance Services).

San Francisco-based Woodruff-Sawyer has offices throughout California, and in Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Hawaii and New England.