Wells Fargo Insurance Services has appointed Emanuel Lauria, Jr as the new managing director of its Atlanta office in the US. He will report to Julian Smiley, senior vice president.

Mr Lauria will oversee all operations of the Atlanta office, including new business development, customer satisfaction and retention, revenue growth and profitability.

Mr Lauria will also lead the delivery of international risk services, sharing this responsibility with Jim Gervang, who is based in the west. Along with Mr Gervang, Mr Lauria will serve as a senior technical and international business development advisor, reporting in this capacity to Kevin Kenny, regional managing director.

Mr Lauria will join Mr Gervang and Patrick Hickey, director of international employee benefits, in overseeing international services provided to customers through the Wells Fargo global broker network and other intermediaries around the world. The network currently has 10,000 brokerage professionals operating from 330 offices across 70 countries – providing insurance brokerage services in a total of 115 countries.

Mr Lauria joins Wells Fargo from Wachovia Insurance Services, where he was southern region managing director.