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Arthur J. Gallagher Rick Management Services hires Steve Kluting in Grand Rapids

Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management  Services, Inc. has hired Steve Kluting in its Grand Rapids office. Prior to joining Gallagher, Kluting was the Chief Strategy Officer for a West Michigan food company, and the co-chair of Varnum Law's Food Industry Group. At Varnum, Kluting developed specialized expertise and significant experience working with FDA regulated companies advising clients on several key areas. He is a certified HACCP Manager and Certified Food Defense Coordinator.

In his new role as Area Vice President for Gallagher's Food and Agribusiness Practice, Kluting will assist Gallagher clients with their risk management issues, including contract review, crisis event preparation and crisis event management, and will keep clients up-to-date on the ever-changing regulatory landscape, including changes brought about by the Food Safety Modernization Act and GMO labeling laws. In addition, Kluting will work to grow Gallagher's Food and Agribusiness practice locally and  nationally working with other offices across the United States.

“We continue to invest in top level talent here in Grand Rapids.  The addition of Steve to Gallagher's Food and Agribusiness Practice brings a distinct competitive advantage to us in the marketplace. His experience and expertise can add significant value to any company in the food chain from farm to table. This business segment has been a growth area and focus for Gallagher in Michigan. The hiring of Steve reinforces our commitment to the Food and Agribusiness sector and  helps  solidify Gallagher's position as the knowledge leader within the industry,” said J. Ryan Isaacs, Area President for Gallagher's Michigan and Indiana brokerage operations.

“I am tremendously  excited about joining  the Gallagher team  and helping to further differentiate our Food and Agribusiness practice group from that of other risk management advisors. I look forward to using my experience as a lawyer and an industry executive to helping our food industry clients identify and manage their risks, to make better business decisions and to navigate through industry-specific crises, like product contamination and recalls,” said Kluting.

Arthur  J. Gallagher  Risk  Management  Services, Inc. is a global property/casualty risk management and insurance services provider headquartered in Itasca, Illinois. It has operations throughout the U.S., Canada and Bermuda, and offers client-service capabilities in more than 140 countries through its own expert advisors and a network of correspondent brokers and consultants. The firm’s advisors  specialize  by  industry  and  coverage  types--developing  solutions  uniquely  tailored  to individual client requirements.  For more, visit http://www.ajg.co.