NEW YORK: Insurance provider Assurant has promoted two of its employees to top communications spots that were created in the wake of the company's IPO on February 5.
On June 21, Melissa Kivett was named VP of IR, and Allen Walker was named VP of organization development and corporate communications. Both have been with the company for more than a decade. Kivett will report to Larry Cains, Assurant's SVP of IR, and Walker will report to EVP Larry Silvester.
The new positions were created when Assurant - known as Fortis before the IPO - needed to add an IR element. Promoting from within seemed the best solution to that demand, according to Walker.
"It was really the result of re-aligning some responsibilities," Walker said.