Willis Re International names Brian Shea as managing director and head of strategic and financial analysis, a newly created role. He was head of Willis Towers Watson Securities Europe. Will develop Willis Re’s structured life, non-life and alternative market business as well as advising clients on strategic and capital management issues. >> Willis Towers Watson Management (Bermuda) hires Steve Arrowsmith as EVP and head of client services, a newly created post. He was executive chair of JLT Insurance Management (Bermuda). >> John Philipsz named as deputy CEO of Willis Re Australia, a newly created role based in Sydney. He was co-head of Asia Pacific for Willis Towers Watson Securities. Karl Jones, head of cat analytics for Willis Re International, has relocated to Sydney from London, and Warren Dresner, head of broking for Willis Re Australia, will head to Miami in Q3 as senior member of Willis Re’s Latin America operations.


Joaquim Caria retires as managing director of THB Europe. Ricardo Borges succeeds him.


Opens Virginia Beach, Va., office headed by Christopher Burns, SVP and national marine practice group leader.


Acquires majority stake in IMG, on of the Czech Republic’s leading brokerages for commercial and personal insurance. It is the latest in a string of acquisitions for the Czech brokerage and will bring Renomia Group to more than 1,500 associates. IMG management and team will remain and keep own branding. >> Marek Kalbáč has left as director of international. Replaced by Michal Holzer, a longtime Renomia colleague who most recently was involved in international business development.


Patriot Growth Insurance Services is new national retail agency founded in collaboration with 17 independent agencies and True Network Advisors with financial backing from Summit Partners. The model allows partner agencies to operate autonomously but benefit from combined resources of national organization. Matt Gardner is founder and CEO. Jay Grevers is chief acquisition officer. Steve Carroll is SVP for M&A. Scott Smith, founder and CEO of True Network Advisors, continues to lead True and joins Patriot leadership team.


Buys Argo Group’s landscapers contracting program. Steve Hartman, who ran the program at Argo, has joined Paragon and will run it under Paragon’s western states operations. Program will serve as springboard for launch of new underwriting facilities in San Diego.


Continues rapid expansion in entertainment sector with hire of four specialists in music insurance. Martin Goebbels leads. Joined by Rose Burgess, Holly Leary and Pamela Choat. All were team members at Integro.


Launches MGA facility, WildCat, to provide additional wildfire capacity in California and all western states. Difference in conditions and wrap cover options available.


Mylo, a digital insurance company of Lockton (, hires Jon Carlson as COO. He was VP of operations at C2FO in Kansas City, Mo.


Charlie Venus joins as VP for middle market and specialty. He was commercial lines leader for Brown & Brown of Virginia.