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NFP appoints Willis’s Beneville as senior VP of private client group

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Insurance broker and consultant NFP has hired Jeffrey Beneville as a senior vice president in its private client group (PCG).

He will report to Gil Lai, managing director of NFP’s PCG.

The executive has more than 35 years of marine insurance expertise. Prior to joining NFP, Beneville served as a senior vice president at Willis Towers Watson, focusing on insurance solutions for superyachts and megayachts.

Commenting on the hire, Lai said: “It’s exciting to welcome Jeff to NFP and provide our clients with access to one of the world’s leading authorities in the space.”

“The global yacht market continues to grow and having Jeff on the team will help guide clients as they explore superyacht and megayacht purchases and coverage solutions,” he said.

Beneville said: “NFP clearly values highly specialized expertise and understands why it’s so important for clients.”

“Purchasing and insuring a yacht are complex undertakings, and when you have the right insight and relationships you enhance your ability to achieve your objectives. I look forward to being part of the NFP team and bringing that value to clients,” he added.

In October, NFP hired Mary Woodman as a vice president in its national claims practice

NFP has also been on an acquisition spree.

In September, the company bought Chicago-based broker Thompson Flanagan as part of its plan to expand its operations in the US central region. That deal came a month after it bought Dublin-based P&C insurance broker Aiken Insurances to “add depth” and new expertise to its operations in Ireland.

Earlier this year, NFP acquired Michigan-headquartered P&C broker ColburnColburn for an undisclosed sum.

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