World Insurance names new chief corporate development officer

Ken Bond

Iselin-based World Insurance Associates on Wednesday said it named Ken Bond as its new chief corporate development officer.

Bond, who will be based in the firm’s Iselin office, will be responsible for overseeing corporate development for all three of World’s businesses, including retail insurance, retirement plan and wealth management services and wholesale insurance.

“I am thrilled to have an industry leader like Ken join our talented team,” Rich Eknoian, CEO of World, said. “His expertise in building and leading strategic corporate development initiatives, in addition to sourcing and closing high-quality deals, will drive our acquisition growth strategy to new heights.”

Bond’s career spans more than 30 years in corporate development and strategic planning leadership roles. He recently served as the senior vice president and head of corporate development at Cetera Financial Group, a Genstar Capital portfolio company, where he oversaw mergers & acquisitions activity for a $6 billion wealth management platform, and he previously had a long-standing career at Aon PLC as its SVP, corporate development, where he led M&A activity for the firm’s $12 billion Commercial Risk and Health Solutions businesses in Chicago and London. Bond got his start in the Navy, where he was ultimately a lieutenant and nuclear submarine officer.