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New year, new faces
The New Year started with a raft of new hires and promotions in the employee benefits space.

The Segal Group announced that it acquired Touchstone Consulting and Ascension revealed its plans to rebrand as Relations Insurance Services. Relations now has a new president of employee benefits to start the year.

It was a month for hiring not one but two new senior staffers. American Specialty Health added a pair of lawyers to its legal counsel team while two new faces from Blue Cross Blue Shield joined benefits consultancy SS Nesbit to help build its business in the southern region. Hodges-Mace also hired a pair of new staffers: a senior vice president of strategic partnerships and a senior vice president of sales.