CIGNA CORP. (Philadelphia) - Marc L. Preminger has been named vice president- corporate accounting and planning, effective Oct. 2.

Mr. Preminger, who previously served as financial officer of unit Cigna Group Insurance: Life, Accident, Disability, is now responsible for corporate accounting, operational planning, business control, expense management and

financial, marketing and strategy systems.Mr. Preminger has been with Cigna for 18 years in a variety of actuarial, financial and management positions.

Cigna also said Robert L. Rose has been named vice president of strategic growth and development, effective immediately.

Mr. Rose, who was vice president of corporate accounting and planning, is now responsible for strategic planning, acquisitions and divestitures, corporate development and business growth.

Mr. Rose joined Cigna in 1977 as tax counsel and has held various legal and financial posts.

FIRST STATE MANAGEMENT GROUP (Boston) - Edward Neuberger has joined the ITT Hartford subsidiary as first vice president of its professional liability insurance operation.

Mr. Neuberger was most recently a vice president at Cigna Corp. in Philadelphia where he was responsible for directors and officers liability.

First State provides professional liability coverage for freight forwarders, employee leasing services, mutual fund trustees and employee benefit administrators.

JOHNSON & HIGGINS (Washington) - Dan Knise, a managing principal and head of target marketing operations at the insurance brokerage firm, was given the additional position of national practice leader of the Insurance Services Division.

Mr. Knise, based in the J&H office here, will have oversight responsibility for the company's consulting, brokerage and employee benefits services to mid- sized employers.

He joined J&H in 1985 as a vice president and construction specialist on the staff of the Associated General Contractors of America.

PAULA INSURANCE CO. (Pasadena, Calif.) - Lorriane Miller and Barbara Decker have joined the company's sister operation, Pan American Underwriters Inc., in its Fresno offices.

Ms. Miller is a senior underwriter and Ms. Decker is an assistant underwriter. Both will be working in the workers compensation field.

Ms. Miller was a senior underwriter for TIG Insurance Co. for the last eight years, gaining experience in risk exposure. Ms. Decker has worked with Ms. Miller for six years, with a background in the workers compensation industry in the Central Valley in California.

RELIANCE INSURANCE CO. (Philadelphia) - Robert Battaglia was promoted to underwriting officer/program director at Reliance's Customer Underwriting Facility.

Mr. Battaglia will be responsible for managing a portfolio that includes the facility's $10 million moving and storage program .

Along with management and development of underwriting strategies and marketing plans, Mr. Battaglia will be responsible for the coordination of data processing, accounting, actuarial, claims, loss control and legal staff for the assigned programs.