Personnel & appointments - monthly update

Jelf healthcare director (South)

Jelf Employee Benefits has announced that Jamie Cleall-Harding has been promoted to the position of UK PMI healthcare director (South). Cleall-Harding will be responsible for leading a senior management team across all aspects of the Jelf Employee Benefits healthcare business.

With 27 years experience in healthcare, Cleall-Harding is has worked for Jelf for seven years, since Jelf Corporate Healthcare (now Jelf Employee Benefits) acquired Pontin & Stein, the specialist private medical insurance intermediary, where he was partner. During the intervening years, Cleall-Harding has held many senior management, sales-orientated positions within the Jelf Employee Benefits business. Cleall-Harding will report directly in to Jelf Employee Benefit's managing director, Glenn Thomas.

Alex Bennett joins Moving Minds as CEO

Moving Minds, the psychological management and rehabilitation specialist, has appointed Alex Bennett as CEO.

Bennett has more than 20 years experience in the healthcare market, his most recent role being head of health consulting at Aon Consulting.

Dr Manda Holmshaw and Dr Wilson Carswell OBE FRCS, the proprietors of Moving Minds, will continue to form the "clinical backbone" of the company, it said. Michel Ruggaber, a qualified actuary, will continue as Moving Minds' chairman of the board.

Munich Re global life CEO

Munich Re has announced that Andrew Rear is to succeed Jonathan Ludbrook as CEO of its global life reinsurance division. Ludbrook is due to retire after almost 29 years from his role as a member of the global life management team later this year.

Rear will assume responsibility for the UK, Irish, African and Australian life reinsurance markets. He will also succeed Ludbrook as the chairman of both Allfinanz (Munich Re's underwriting software supplier) and Ellipse (Munich Re's group risk operation in the UK). Rear currently leads the EMEA insurance practice at consultants Oliver Wyman, and is a UK actuary.

He begins his new role at Munich Re in November 2010 and will assume overall responsibility in his new role after completing his transition with Ludbrook towards the end of the year. 

Sesame appointments

Sesame Bankhall Group, the IFA network, made a number of senior appointments.

Stephen Young, currently the organisation's chief operating officer (COO), will now head up a new unit focused upon delivering a range of new business initiatives, including a new investment platform that will be unveiled later this year. Young continues to report to executive chairman Ivan Martin and is also as a member of the group board.

George Higginson has been appointed COO and will join Sesame Bankhall Group in early 2011 from his previous role at Intrinsic, where he was one of the founding directors, as well as the chairman of the Mint IFA Network.

Keith Gilmour, meanwhile, has been appointed as business development director to help drive forward and promote Sesame and Bankhall's growing range of services for members. Gilmour takes up his position in October and joins Sesame Bankhall Group from Positive Solutions, where he was marketing director. He will report to George Higginson.

Chase Templeton corporate appointment

National private medical insurance and protection specialist Chase Templeton has appointed Jason Dunks as corporate sales manager.

Dunks, who will lead the firm's team of corporate advisers, joins Chase Templeton from Bupa, where he held the role of corporate business centre sales manager> brings 10 years of high level corporate sales experience to Chase Templeton.

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