James J. Johnson has been named chairman of Equecat Inc., a subsidiary if EQE International. Formerly, Johnson was president of Eqecat and will continue in his role as executive vice president and chief executive officer of EQE International. Johnson brings 30 years of experience in risk analysis for natural and man-made hazards to the job. He has also lead Eqecat's catastrophe risk securitization initiatives. Michael A. Vallejos has been named the new president of EQE.