On the heels on the Ward Financial Group’s release of its Ward’s 50, Aon Corp. announced it has acquired the firm and its parent company, Westfield Financial Corp., from Ohio Farmers Insurance Company.

Ward, a provider of benchmarking and best practices research studies for insurance companies in North America, will be integrated with Aon's McLagan Partners, an Aon Hewitt company and a performance/reward consulting and benchmarking firm for the financial services industry. McLagan works with global financial services firms worldwide, including investment, commercial and retail banks, securities firms, investment management organizations and hedge funds and views the insurance industry as a natural extension to its existing client base.

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