Joseph T. Purcell has been named vice president of contracts and compliance for the Peoples Life Insurance Co. home office division. He was previously the company's associate actuary.

The National Association of Insurance Brokers has named Duward F. Sumner Jr. vice president of federal affairs and Bruce Butterfield director of public affairs.

Lawrence P. Higgins has joined the American Council of Life Insurance as chief counsel for federal taxes and pensions. He was formerly assistant general counsel for General American Life Insurance Co.

The Acacia Group of Companies recently announced the following promotions: John P. Glynn, vice president and actuary; John W. Jezek, vice president of underwriting; William J. Parks Jr., vice president of pension sales and administration; Gerald F. O'Brien, second vice president of client services; Thomas E. Pierpan, assistant vice president of marketing services, and Carl LaRoche, director of pension sales and administration.

Charles Tharp and Richard Nelson have been elected members of the board of directors of Trans-General Life Insurance Co.

Judy H. Cox has been named supervisor of plan administration at Yaffe & Offutt Associates Inc., a employe benefits and compensation consulting firm based in Baltimore.

Richard H. Sacchetti has become a loss prevention engineer for Corporate Insurance Management. He was formerly in charge of the loss control department of the Insurance Co. of North America.

Ross L. Coffey has been appointed vice president and consultant of Herget Co. Inc. in Baltimore. He has worked as a consultant for the Baltimore and Washington offices of William M. Mercer Inc.

Robert Marques has been promoted to assistant sales manager of the D.C. office of Sun Life Assurance Co.

George E. Roberts has been named an association account executive for Avemco Insurance Brokerage Inc. He was most recently with Commercial Credit Co.

Dennis M. Cassidy has been appointed account executive with Hartman, McLean & Schmidt Inc. in the firm's Beltsville office.

J. Tom Harris has been promoted to district manager for Gay & Taylor Inc., an insurance claim adjusting and appraisal firm based in Winston-Salem, N.C. Harris will oversee the company's operations in Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Wilmington, Del., Martinsburg, W. Va., and Winchester, Va.