Boston-based Celent, a financial research and consulting firm, announced the hiring of two insurance analysts and a senior account manager for its insurance group.

Craig Beattie joins as an analyst, based in the firm's London office. Prior to joining Celent, Beattie was an applications architect with Royal Bank of Scotland Group's Strategy and Architecture team, working extensively with RBS Insurance. He held roles in strategy and architecture during mergers within the division, and consulted on a number of internal divestment opportunities. Beattie was actively involved in defining the roadmaps for the core systems, including vendor selection and defining programs of work to achieve strategic change.

Beattie's earlier work with RBS Insurance and Direct Line Group involved deployed e-commerce solutions in multiple territories around Europe. He won the BCS Software Architect of the year award in 2007 for his work with RBS Insurance and is a TOGAF certified Enterprise Architect.

Celent also hired Karen Monks to work as an analyst in its insurance practice. Monks's areas of expertise were developed through 12 years of consulting in the financial services industry.

Most recently, Monks was an analyst for a financial valuation company in Virginia. Prior positions included three years of consulting for a leading financial services research and advisory group and seven years in John Hancock's internal management consulting practice. Monks began her consulting career with the Financial Services Consulting group at Coopers & Lybrand. She also completed General Electric's Financial Management Program.

Monks has a wide spectrum of consulting expertise including operations in life, annuity and long-term care insurance, business process redesign, strategic planning, business case development, communication and training, new product and market assessment, competitive analyses, benchmarking and process measurement/customer satisfaction.

Jim Pelis joins the firm as a senior account manager in Celent's insurance practice, and is based in the Boston office. Pelis has been in the research, advisory and consulting industry for 10 years. His expertise is in growing relationships with senior IT leaders at Fortune 500 enterprises and large technology providers.

Pelis began his career in the industry as an account executive with Forrester Research's strategic account team, where he spent six years building relationships with multinational enterprises. He later moved on to the IANS, a boutique advisory firm in the information security space where he built a community of over 40 C-level executives. Most recently, Pelis was with Collective Next and Datamonitor, where his success building an enterprise account base continued.

"We're delighted to welcome Craig, Karen, and Jim to the team," says Craig Weber, SVP of Celent's insurance practice. "We're looking forward to deepening our relationships with our clients, and all three new hires bring direct experience that will help our clients address critical issues."

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