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Ascension Insurance, Inc. Promotes Ed Bray, JD to Employee Benefits Strategy & Execution Leader

Walnut Creek, Calif., February 26, 2016 – Ascension Insurance, Inc. announced today that Ed Bray, JD, has been promoted to Employee Benefits Strategy & Execution Leader. In his new role, Ed will be responsible for developing, communicating, executing, and sustaining company-wide employee benefit solutions and initiatives for Ascension’s employee benefits division.

Ed joined Ascension in 2013 as Senior Vice President, Compliance. Previously, he was Director of Employee Benefits for Hawaiian Airlines. Ed is a widely published author on the topic of health and welfare benefits compliance and shares his take on crucial employee benefits developments as a contributing editor for Employee Benefit News. In April 2013, while still at Hawaiian Airlines, Ed was featured on the cover, for leading a successful employee benefits administration outsourcing initiative.

“It’s a complex new world of employee benefits and employers must continually re-examine their strategies and assess potential opportunities and risks,” said Ascension CEO, Joe Tatum. “Ed’s corporate benefit department leadership experience, coupled with his legal background and ongoing working affiliations with major employee benefit organizations, will help Ascension continue to develop and introduce solutions that ensure we meet, and exceed employer wants, needs, and expectations.”

Ed currently serves as an advisory council member on WorldatWork’s national employee benefits advisory council. He also speaks frequently across the country and is an Adjunct Professor of Human Resources, at the University of California, at Irvine.  After earning his bachelor’s degree from Providence College, Ed went on to complete his JD at the Western New England University School of Law and MBA at Auburn University.


About Ascension Insurance, Inc.
Ascension Insurance, Inc. is a premier insurance agency that offers superior risk management and benefits consulting services. It has more than 400 employees in 31 locations nationwide. Ascension is a privately held corporation; together with its private equity partners, Parthenon Capital and Century Capital Management, the company expects to continue its strong trajectory through additional acquisitions and organic growth.

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