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Aon Appoints Industry Veteran to Lead Environmental Team


LOS ANGELES – Aon Corporation, the leading global provider of risk management, risk and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing (NYSE: AON), announced the appointment of Michael R. Szot as chief operating officer for the Environmental Practice of Aon Risk Solutions, the firm’s global risk management business.

With more than 30 years of insurance experience and a specialization in complex construction and environmental placements, Szot will assume responsibility for the operation and global delivery of integrated environmental risk management programs to Aon Risk Solutions clients, working closely with his colleagues in Aon Construction Services Group.

Peter Arkley, chairman and CEO of Aon Construction Services Group, stated, “Aon’s clients will benefit from an enhanced, unified approach to delivering environmental services. Mike’s expertise is invaluable to the experience of our clients, and I am thrilled to see him move into this role.”

Based in Los Angeles, Szot has an executive management degree from UCLA and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. John’s University - College of Insurance in New York.

In addition to Szot’s new role, Greg Schilz has been appointed global sales leader for the Environmental Practice, and Ken Anderson, Veronica Benzinger, Rod Taylor, Howard Tollin and John Welter have been appointed to the Environmental Practice executive committee.

Aon Broking and Specialty CEO Warren Mula noted, “Environmental risk remains a significant challenge for a broad range of industrial, commercial and residential clients worldwide. Recent events have made it clear that environmental hazards can cause material financial disruptions and seriously impact even the largest corporations.”

About Aon

Aon Corporation (NYSE:AON) is the leading global provider of risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing. Through its more than 59,000 colleagues worldwide, Aon unites to deliver distinctive client value via innovative and effective risk management and workforce productivity solutions. Aon’s industry-leading global resources and technical expertise are delivered locally in over 120 countries. Named the world’s best broker by Euromoney magazine’s 2008, 2009 and 2010 Insurance Survey, Aon also ranked highest on Business Insurance’s listing of the world’s insurance brokers based on commercial retail, wholesale, reinsurance and personal lines brokerage revenues in 2008 and 2009. A.M. Best deemed Aon the number one insurance broker based on revenues in 2007, 2008 and 2009, and Aon was voted best insurance intermediary 2007-2010, best reinsurance intermediary 2006-2010, best captives manager 2009-2010, and best employee benefits consulting firm 2007-2009 by the readers of Business Insurance. Visit


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