Charles Williamson Joins Crystal & Company as Executive Vice President

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NEW YORK, Nov. 12, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Crystal & Company, one of the world's leading strategic risk and insurance advisors, has named Charles Williamson as Executive Vice President, Field Operations and Corporate Development. Reporting to James W. Crystal, Chairman & CEO, Mr. Williamson will join the firm's executive committee and lead the growth and development of the firm's national branch operations, executing Crystal & Company's regional expansion strategy. He will have management responsibility for all regional market executives and will work closely with business unit leaders to execute business plans across the U.S.

"We are committed to the accelerated growth and development of our operations across the country, and are very excited to have an executive with the experience and track record of Charles join our team," said James W. Crystal, Chairman and CEO, Crystal & Company.

Jonathan H. F. Crystal, Executive Vice President at Crystal & Company, stated, "We have known and worked with Charles over the course of his exceptional career at AIG, and we are confident that his leadership skills and experience will help Crystal & Company to accelerate our strategic and geographic expansion."

Mr. Williamson brings to his new role more than 20 years of leadership, sales and operational expertise and deep industry knowledge from his career at AIG. Most recently, he was President, Consumer Insurance Americas for AIG, where he was responsible for the company's personal lines, employee benefits, warranty, and accident & health businesses, comprising nearly $5 billion of annual premium and 1,500 employees.

Previously, during his tenure at AIG's Private Client Group, he tripled revenues to over $1 billion in just four years. Prior to 2007, Charles held an array of senior sales and marketing and management roles in AIG's Property & Casualty business, including an extensive period in AIG Risk Management handling sales, underwriting and service for a group of Fortune 2000 clients.

Mr. Williamson earned his J.D. degree from St. John's University School of Law, and a B.B.A. in finance from Marshall University.

About Crystal & Company

Crystal & Company is one of the world's leading strategic risk and insurance advisors, serving the full range of clients' risk management, insurance brokerage, and employee benefits consulting needs. A national firm serving a global clientele, Crystal & Company is headquartered in New York, with 10 offices across the United States. Crystal & Company is a founding member of Brokerslink, a global alliance of leading independent insurance brokerages. The firm is comprised of more than 400 talented individuals distinguished by their technical expertise and industry-specific knowledge, united by their common passion for serving their clients. Established in 1933, the company has sustained its independence through 80 years and three generations of Crystal family ownership and management. For more information, visit

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