Crystal & Company Continues Strategic Growth on the West Coast With Leadership Appointments in California

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NEW YORK, Aug. 7, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Crystal & Company, a leading strategic risk and insurance advisor, announced it has appointed four seasoned executives in the firm's San Francisco and Los Angeles offices building on a 20-year presence in California.

Shawn Ram has joined as Executive Managing Director and Western Region Head leading California operations in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He also has national responsibility for the company's Technology Practice. Shawn will report to Charles Williamson, Executive Vice President, Field Operations and Corporate Development. Most recently Shawn served as Managing Director and National Technology Practice Leader for Aon Risk Solutions.

Additionally, Nick Del Biaggio has joined Crystal & Company as Senior Managing Director and Western Region Sales Leader, responsible for developing the sales presence and increasing the team of seasoned sales professionals throughout California. Previously Nick was an Executive Vice President and Director of Corporate Sales and Marketing at the Liberty Company Insurance Brokers, Inc.

Crystal & Company is also pleased to announce that Brendan Dolan and Higgins Manker will be joining the Management and Professional Risk Group as Managing Directors in Los Angeles. Both represent the firm's historic strength in the Management and Professional Risk space and join Crystal & Company from Willis.

"We're excited to be adding four dynamic industry leaders to our team in California, to add value for our clients and aggressively expand our business on the West Coast," said Charles Williamson, Executive Vice President of Crystal & Company. "These strategic investments in the region and our specialization in technology, management and professional risks are integral to our continued success."

James W. Crystal, Chairman and CEO of Crystal & Company remarked, "As a national firm with exceptional regional knowledge, we're deeply committed to our expansion strategy in California."

Crystal & Company places more than $1 billion of premium annually into the global insurance market, addressing clients' risk management, insurance brokerage, and employee benefit needs.

About Crystal & Company

Crystal & Company is a leading strategic risk and insurance advisor, addressing clients' risk management, insurance brokerage, and employee benefits consulting needs. The firm is comprised of more than 400 professionals, each distinguished by their technical expertise and industry-specific knowledge, and driven by their passion for client service. Crystal & Company is headquartered in New York with 10 regional offices throughout the country, placing over $1 billion in premiums annually in the global insurance marketplace. Established in 1933, the company has sustained its independence through 80 years and three generations of Crystal family ownership and management.

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