First Niagara appoints vice presidents


First Niagara Risk Management (FNRM) the wholly owned insurance subsidiary of First Niagara Bank and its parent, First Niagara Financial Group, has promoted Bill Hartz to senior vice president. He leads the company’s health and welfare practice.

“Bill’s experience and extensive industry knowledge are a tremendous combination,” said Kirk Jensen, managing director, FNRM.

“Bill provides immense value to our customers, particularly with the changing healthcare landscape brought about by the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. His knowledge will allow First Niagara to leverage the talents of our diverse consulting, sales and service teammates across FNRM to accelerate the growth of our health and welfare business.”

Hartz has been with FNRM since 2010. Prior to that, he was senior vice president at Sovereign Benefits Consulting and chief executive officer at Hartz Consulting Group.

FNRM has also promoted Kim McGillicuddy to senior vice president. She serves as enterprise sales leader and is responsible for developing, leading, directing and managing the sales processes, functions and strategies.

“Kim has been highly effective in accelerating the development and implementation of FNRM’s sales strategy,” said Jensen.

“Her experience and business acumen have provided us with the added leadership to capitalize on the tremendous growth opportunities available throughout our organization. Her ability to engage and motivate our teammates will be major factors in our success.”

McGillicuddy was a former chief operating officer of Pierson & Smith. She joined First Niagara in 2011 when it acquired the Norwalk, Connecticut based agency.


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