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The Actuary The magazine of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries

Appointments and moves

Kevin Carter is to retire from WATSON WYATT later this year and will be replaced by Paul Trickett as European head of investment consulting. Nick Watts, the former European head of investment consulting, will also retire from the firm towards the end of 2006.

THE FINANCIAL REPORTING COUNCIL (FRC) has announced the appointment of Anthony Carus to the Professional Oversight Board of the FRC. Anthony Carus has worked in the financial services industry since graduation in a variety of roles including as the appointed actuary of an insurance company. He has managed his own actuarial consultancy since 2004. Anthony has also been closely involved in insurance industry matters nationally. He has chaired a working party for the Association of British Insurers, is a member of the Ogden Working Party on matters related to personal injury claims, and has recently been appointed chairman of the Damages Working Party of the Actuarial Profession.

MUNICH RE GROUP has announced that Simon Douglas will be joining the group as its new head of health within the group’s UK healthcare business on 17 July. Simon will have responsibility for the strategic development and management of the UK healthcare portfolio and brings 20 years’ experience of the life and health market to the role. Simon began his career as an actuary at Standard Life where he has risen through the organisation to become a director on the board of the life and pensions company with responsibility for marketing.

Mark Graham has been appointed CFO designate at CHAUCER HOLDINGS PLC. He will take on the newly created position of chief financial officer in September, with responsibility for the finance, actuarial, and management information departments. Jon Perkins has been promoted to replace Mark as group actuary, and has been appointed to the board of CHAUCER SYNDICATES LTD, the Chaucer Group’s Lloyd’s managing agency.

KILN PLC has appointed Andrew Hitchcox as chief actuary and risk officer, a newly created post. Hitchcox joins from KPMG LLP and previously held a similar position at Swiss Re UK.

The BMJ (British Medical Journal) PUBLISHING GROUP has recently appointed Ian Hopwood as its head of technology. Ian was previously a worldwide partner at Mercer Human Resource Consulting.

Jennifer Lang recently started as chief actuary for the COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIA in Sydney. Jennifer was previously with Trowbridge Consulting and is a former editor of The Actuary.

Jonathan Moss has been appointed managing director of PEARL GROUP group, replacing Ian Laughlin, who is returning to Australia. Mr Moss has been with the group since 1987, when he joined London Life. He has held a number of senior actuarial and financial roles in the group in both the UK and Australia, and has been finance director since 2003.

Jay Shah, together with former Prudential colleagues Isabel Hudson and Mark Duffy, has established SYNESIS LIFE (www.synesislife.com) which when authorised will seek to take on pension fund liabilities.

ECCLESIASTICAL INSURANCE has appointed Lakshmi Sethuraman Vishnampet as its business actuarial manager. Lakshmi joins Ecclesiastical from XL India Business Services. She has lived in India all her life, and worked in actuarial roles for the past 12 years including at GE Capital International Services. Lakshmi is a fellow member of the Actuarial Society of India and hopes to obtain the UK equivalent membership in three years.

HEWITT ASSOCIATES has announced that Ian Warman is to take on a leadership role in its Leeds office. Mr Warman, who joined Hewitt in 2004, will be taking on responsibility for the development of Hewitt’s corporate client base in the north of England. He has advised clients on all aspects of pensions and employee benefits, covering mergers and acquisitions, plan design, implementation, administration, communication, accounting, and funding.