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AIG Accuses Former Employees Of Stealing Data, Plus Other People News

American International Group has filed a complaint against five former employees of its private equity arm, AIG Capital Partners, alleging they violated their non-compete clauses and stole proprietary information from the company.

American International Group has filed a complaint against five former employees of its private equity arm, AIG Capital Partners, alleging they violated their non-compete clauses and stole proprietary information from the company. The complaint was filed on Feb. 2 with the Southern District court of New York in downtown Manhattan.

AIG claims that Peter Yu, the former chief of AIG Capital Partners, and William Jarosz the unit's former general counsel, accessed the insurer's computer systems without permission and downloaded confidential information. The company alleges that this information, pertaining to investments held by AIG funds, was then used to start rival private equity firm Cartesian Capital Group.

Lloyd's insurer RFIB Group has appointed John Northridge as a non-executive director of the board. He was previously chairman and chief executive of specialist U.K. broker Alfred Blackmore until its acquisition by Alexander Forbes. He later became a director of Alexander Forbes.

• Insurance broker Willis has hired Gilles Duclos as executive v.p. and chairman of its Quebec, Canada operations. He will be based in Montreal and report to Wole Coaxum, president and chief executive of Willis Canada. Duclos will also serve on Willis's Canadian advisory board.

• Lloyd's underwriting agency Heritage has appointed Paul Battagliola as operations manager. He has previously been managing director of Aon's non-marine division and chief financial officer of Aon's reinsurance operation.

Aon Risk Services Americas has named Steve McGill as its new chief executive. McGill will assume the role in addition to serving as chief executive of Aon's global large corporate accounts business.

His predecessor, Michael Rice, will continue to serve as chairman of the unit while handing over his duties as chief executive to McGill. Rice has been with Aon for 40 years.

• U.S. healthcare insurer WellPoint has appointed Paul Gallagher as senior v.p. of its enterprise operations. He was previously senior vice-president of service delivery for Axa Financial.

• Reinsurance broker Guy Carpenter has appointed Dean Kidd as managing director and head of its global accident and health speciality practice. Kidd joins from Guy Carpenter's accident and health speciality practice in the U.K.

Kidd's predecessor, Kevin Griffiths, has been appointed business development leader of the company's eastern region operations.

• Insurance broker Integro has hired Sheldon Rankin as chairman of Integro Canada. He was previously chairman and chief executive of rival broker Marsh Canada.

Separately, Integro has hired casualty broker Anne Giannini as a principal in its San Francisco office. Giannini also comes from Marsh, where she was v.p. of casualty risk management.

• Actuarial consultancy Tillinghast has appointed Duncan Briggs as region manager for the Americas. He succeeds Eric Speer, who will manage the east coast region of Towers Perrin's human resources unit. It has also appointed Jeanne Hollister as property/casualty insurance practice leader for North America. She succeeds Amy Bouska, who will continue to serve as a consultant for the firm.

• The insurance commissioner for the U.S. state of Louisiana, Robert Wooley, has decided to resign after serving two years in the role. In a statement he said he wants to pursue new opportunities in the private sector. Chief Deputy Commissioner Jim Donelon succeeds Wooley, who leaves on Feb. 15.

• Broker Aon has appointed Paul Sykes as managing director of Aon Insurance Managers' operations in Gibraltar and Malta. He was previously a director of Aon in Guernsey.

Peter Cheeseman has joined reinsurance broker Guy Carpenter's Sydney, Australia office as senior v.p. of the Instrat group, Guy Carpenter's actuarial and risk modelling division. Cheeseman was previously the head of risk modelling at rival broker Glencairn in London.

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