Barney & Barney Names Hal Dunning President

Chief Operating Officer To Take On Additional Role

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SAN DIEGO, CA, January 5, 2016Barney & Barney, a Marsh & McLennan Insurance Agency LLC company, today announced that Hal Dunning, the firm’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), has been promoted to the additional role of President, a new position at the firm. The move is effective immediately.

As President/COO, Dunning has operations oversight responsibility for the firm’s offices in San Diego, Orange County, San Francisco and Anchorage. Barney & Barney comprises the western regional operations of Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh serving the risk management and insurance needs of middle market companies in the United States. 

Dunning was named COO of Barney & Barney in 2006 and previously served as Chief Financial Officer. In addition to his success overseeing the firm’s operations, Dunning played a key role in the formation of the Barney & Barney Foundation and in developing the firm’s G.R.O.W. Initiative, which is designed to attract, retain and develop women leaders at Barney & Barney.

He is based in San Diego and reports to CEO Paul Hering.

“Hal Dunning is an outstanding executive and leader who perfectly exemplifies the values and culture of Barney & Barney,” said Hering.. “Hal has been integral to the firm’s ongoing success, and his new role will help Barney & Barney execute its mission to provide world-class insurance and employee benefits services to our clients and communities throughout the West.”

In 2009, Dunning was honored with the "Lifetime Achievement Award" by the San Diego Business Journal and was recognized by the publication in 2007 as a "CFO of the Year." He is a member of the Lead San Diego Class of 2008 and won its Herb Klein Visionary Leadership Award. Dunning has also chaired the CFO Roundtable since 2001 and is chairman of Day for Change, a charity started by the CFO Roundtable that serves abused and neglected children. He also serves on the board of the San Diego Foundation and is a member of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. In 2012, after 11 years, he stepped down as President of the Board of Walden Family Services, the largest foster family agency in San Diego. Dunning has served as a volunteer at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla since 1995.

Dunning has 35 years of business and leadership experience. Prior to joining Barney & Barney in 2001, Dunning was the Western Region General Manager and Controller of ADS Environmental Systems. Earlier in his career, he worked for Anthony Industries, Inc. (now K2, Inc.) and the accounting firm Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young). Dunning earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College and an MBA in accounting and taxation from the University of Southern California.

About Barney & Barney

Barney & Barney is one of the nation’s leading insurance brokerages, offering a comprehensive line of risk management and employee benefit solutions. The firm specializes in commercial property and casualty insurance, employee benefits, workers’ compensation, compensation consulting, executive liability, personal lines and surety. In 2014, Barney & Barney joined Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC (MMA), a subsidiary of Marsh Inc., the world’s leading insurance broker and risk advisor. Barney & Barney has offices in San Diego, San Francisco, Walnut Creek and Orange County. For more information, visit, or call 800.321.4696.