DETROIT, Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — WestCongress Insurance Holdings LLC, the parent company of WestCongress Insurance Services, a specialty insurance producer, and WestCongress Risk Services LLC, a claims administrator, today announced the appointment of Steven H. Kerr as its President and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Kerr’s background in the insurance marketplace spans more than 30 years, primarily with Marsh, a global leader in insurance broking and risk management. Most recently Mr. Kerr served Marsh’s Managing Director and Global Engagement Partner where he led Marsh’s largest global clients in a strategic risk consulting capacity.  Mr. Kerr also has extensive experience in wholesale and retail distribution and has led teams of producers in driving revenue growth, including serving as Marsh’s Chicago Office Head, as Growth Leader – Americas, and as CEO of Seabury and Smith, Marsh’s consumer and commercial products group.

“We are pleased to welcome Steve to the team. He is the right leader for WestCongress at this stage in our development,” Richard H. Smith, chairman of WestCongress stated. “His extensive background in specialty insurance and with excess and surplus lines distribution channels will help WestCongress strengthen its distribution relationships and expand its product offerings.”    

Mr. Kerr commented, “The WestCongress leadership team has built an excellent operation with a strong reputation in the wholesale broker community. I am pleased to join a company positioned for growth and am eager to be a part of taking WestCongress to the next level. We will be looking for every opportunity to streamline the current operation, expand product offerings, develop existing broker relationships and find new distribution channels.”

About WestCongress

WestCongress Insurance Services LLC is a specialty, surplus and excess lines insurance producer based in Detroit, Michigan. WestCongress offers primary and excess general liability insurance solutions throughout the United States for targeted

Index Exchange is adding new positions to its C-suite, naming former Amazon executive Lori Goode as its CMO and former Criteo executive Jess Breslav as chief customer officer.

The supply-side platform is building out its leadership team as the industry faces a long road ahead, said CEO Andrew Casale, especially in adapting to the deprecation of third-party cookies and Apple’s IDFA, which make ad targeting much harder.

“We’ve got to pivot quite a few behaviors in the next, say, 15 months or less to be completely ready, but I think we’re going to get it done,” said Casale.

Breslav worked at Criteo, the publicly traded ad-tech company, for seven years, most recently serving as executive managing director, Americas.

“I am proud to join a team that has continued to show a strong and sustainable approach to driving growth, and I look forward to helping Index double down on that commitment,” Breslav said in a statement.

Index Exchange had previously managed its direct customers, publishers and media companies, and its indirect publishers on the buy-side separately. Now those two customer sets will be managed together under the CCO role, which will help handle the increase in deal activity on the exchange between publishers and big brands during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“That kind of collaboration between our direct customer and our indirect customer has never been in higher demand. And so this will allow us to create a far more seamless experience end-to-end across the transaction,” Casale said.

Goode spent the past five years as head of marketing and training for Amazon Advertising. Prior to that, she spent two years at Facebook and more than six years at Microsoft.

“I could not be more excited to join a team so committed to driving business growth for publishers and marketers alike, and

Papa John’s has appointed Ann Gugino as chief financial officer, effective as of today, October 5. Gugino brings with her over 20 years of experience in financial management, planning and strategic expertise, including in the consumer and retail sector. 

In her new role on Papa John’s executive leadership team, Gugino will help the pizza restaurant franchise build and implement long-term plans for growth. Steve Coke, who has been the interim principal financial and accounting officer since the departure of former CFO Joe Smith, will remain in his role as vice president of investor relations and strategy. 

Prior to her appointment at Papa John’s, Gugino was senior vice president of financial planning and analysis at Target, a position she had held since May 2018. While at Target, she directed the retail giant’s planning, analysis and capital investment portfolios. Previously, she spent 18 years at Patterson Companies Inc., including four years as executive vice president and CFO. There, she led the medical supplies conglomerate through a major portfolio transformation with the $1.1 billion acquisition of Animal Health International, the largest in the company’s history, and through the divestiture of the Patterson Medical business. While in that role, she also spearheaded an enterprise-wide effort to improve net margins and create a more efficient cost structure.

“I’m both humbled and excited to join such a dynamic and dedicated team at this important moment for the company,” Gugino said in a statement. “Papa John’s transformation into a values-driven, innovative category leader has opened an enormous global opportunity. I look forward to working with my new colleagues to help set a long-term path and plan to maximize our growth and potential for the benefit of all of our stakeholders.” 

One of the most immediate challenges Gugino will face in her new

FIS Global has named Sangy Vatsa executive vice president, chief technology and digital officer. FIS is a leading provider of technology solutions for merchants, banks and capital markets firms globally. Annually, FIS facilitates the movement of roughly $9 trillion around the world and processes about 75 billion transactions. FIS serves 90 percent of the top 50 global banks and is the top merchant acquirer in the world by volume, according to the Nilson Report. The company has 55,000 employees worldwide.

As global chief technology and digital officer, Vatsa will partner with leaders across the company and throughout the industry to lead technology strategy, innovation and transformation for FIS. He has been assigned the responsibility to lead FIS’ technology transformation program globally in close partnership with internal and external stakeholders. This digital modernization program will be comprised of several pillars enabling key elements of our corporate strategy. The program is rooted in ensuring top focus on colleague and customer experience.

 “I am thrilled to be part of the FIS family as it is one of the top global customer-centric technology brands,” said Vatsa. “I look forward to partnering with colleagues across the company to drive technology transformation.”

Prior to FIS Global, Vatsa spent four years at Comerica Bank, first as chief technology officer and six months into his tenure, he was promoted to chief information officer.

Peter High is President of  Metis Strategy, a business and IT advisory firm. His has written two bestselling books, moderates the Technovation podcast series, and speaks at conferences around the world. Follow him on Twitter @PeterAHigh.

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One of the officers involved in the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor is crowdsourcing a fundraiser for his retirement. 

Detective Myles Cosgrove, one of three officers involved in the March incident, said he has received threats against his safety and is looking to leave the Louisville police force, according to the Courier Journal.

“It has recently become clear that it will be impossible for Myles to safely return to his position serving the community with the Louisville Metro Police Department,” Cosgrove’s family wrote on an online campaign post that seeks to raise $75,000. 

As of Thursday evening, the fund has received more than $40,000. 

Taylor was killed when Cosgrove and two other officers served a no-knock warrant on her apartment. Taylor’s boyfriend, fearing a break in, fired his gun at the officers, sparking a gunfight that resulted in her death.

Last week, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, a Republican who spoke at the party’s national convention this summer, announced none of the officers involved in the incident would be charged with her murder. 


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