September 29 - Roanoke Insurance Group, a leading insurance and bond provider for trade and transportation, has appointed Karen Groff, currently executive vice president of operations, as president, effective October 1.

Groff, who has held various management positions in her 24 years at Roanoke, will succeed Bill Sterrett, who will remain as chairman. Groff will be responsible for the ongoing leadership, management and directional planning of the organisation.