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BMS Australia announces launch of Brisbane office and the appointment of Sam Mayne as Director

BMS Group Ltd. (“BMS”), the independent specialist insurance and reinsurance broker, today announces the launch of its Brisbane office and the appointment of Sam Mayne as Director of Wholesale and Facilities, reporting to Brett Field, CEO of BMS Australia.

Sam has over 13 years’ experience as a broker to the international insurance markets and joins BMS from Cooper Gay (Australia), where he served as Head of Wholesale. He started his career at Denis M. Clayton, now JLT Re, where he progressed to be manager of the global facilities team. In 2013, Sam relocated from the UK to Australia, where he continued to specialise in the binding authority and wholesale space as a Director at JLT Re.

Brett Field, CEO of BMS Australia, said:

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Sam to BMS as we launch our Brisbane office. The Brisbane operation will increase our territorial reach and, as the only independent Lloyd’s broker with local Australian offices, goes further to demonstrate our commitment to the Australian market.”

Sam Mayne commented:

“I am delighted to be joining BMS and am very excited about contributing to the continued growth of the Group’s Australian business. BMS’ reputation in the market for finding entrepreneurial solutions for stakeholders via its strong, established relationships in Australia, Singapore and London, gives us a competitive advantage in our ambition to grow a market leading portfolio of business.”

BMS Group appoints Lawson and Chamberlain as Directors

BMS Group Ltd. (“BMS”), the independent specialist insurance and reinsurance broker, today announces the appointments of Mark Lawson and Daniel Chamberlain as Directors of North American Property, reporting to Ian Gormley, Managing Director of BMS Risk Solutions.

Lawson and Chamberlain both have over 20 years’ experience and join from JLT Specialty Limited (JLT) where, as Senior Partners, they led the North American Property business. Prior to JLT, Lawson was a Partner at Newman Martin and Buchan, where he set up and led the Property and Casualty team. Chamberlain also worked at Newman Martin and Buchan specialising in complex property risks over a broad range of industries. He started his career at Nicholson Leslie, now Aon.

Nick Cook, CEO of BMS Group, said:

“I’m very pleased to welcome Mark and Dan to BMS. The breadth of their experience and contacts in the US property sector will open up a substantial new client base for BMS. Owing to the ongoing changes within the independent broking sector, we see significant opportunity to strengthen our North American retail business as part of our growth strategy. Mark and Dan’s expertise will play a key role in enhancing and accelerating our strategic development in the sector.”

Mark Lawson said: “BMS already has a reputation for providing independent brokers with a platform to build leading portfolios of business, within a culture that puts the client at the heart of its operations. I look forward to building on this reputation and contributing to BMS’ position as one of the market’s top independent brokers.”

BMS Group appoints David Battman as Head of International

BMS Group Ltd. (“BMS”), the independent specialist insurance and reinsurance broker, today announces that David Battman will join the Company as Head of International in the New Year, reporting to Nick Cook, CEO of BMS.

David joins BMS from Arthur J. Gallagher International (“Gallagher”) where he was Managing Director, International Business Development and a Partner at Alesco RMS. He joined Gallagher in 2006 to develop and help implement the strategy to expand Gallagher’s global footprint and grow its international income. During his tenure, he developed the group’s strategies for regions including Latin America and Asia-Pacific, both of which have since been implemented successfully. David also ran Gallagher’s international broker network, the GGA, matching partner firms’ placement needs with the group’s wholesale capabilities. He recently joined the executive team of Alesco, with responsibility for M&A strategy, distribution and production.

David’s previous employers include Lloyd’s of London, with whom he spent 8 years in roles that included establishing the Lloyd’s Asia underwriting platform in Singapore, and Managing Director, Lloyd’s Spain. Before that, he ran the political risks consulting team at Control Risks Group.

Nick Cook, CEO of BMS Group, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome David to BMS. His depth of experience and impressive track record of designing and implementing sales, marketing, project and risk management strategies in the Lloyd’s and international (re)insurance markets will play a key part in BMS’ ongoing development as a leading independent broker.”

David Battman said:

“It’s a great pleasure to be joining BMS, whose brand is already internationally renowned for the quality of its client service and technical expertise. I look forward to playing my part in the continued growth of its international operations and expansion into new and existing territories.”

BMS appoints Gilles Bonvarlet as Non Executive Director

BMS Group Ltd. (“BMS”) today announces the appointment of Gilles Bonvarlet as Non Executive Director, subject to regulatory approvals. He joins the company’s board of directors led by recently appointed Chairman, John Hastings-Bass.

Mr. Bonvarlet has over 25 years of experience in the international (re)insurance markets. He joined Brockbank Group in 1994 and following the acquisition by XL Group became Managing Director of XL London Market Ltd. until 2004. He then joined Talbot Holdings Ltd as Chief Operating Officer until 2009.

Mr. Bonvarlet is currently a Non Executive Director of Amlin Underwriting Ltd. and Xchanging Insure Services, as well as the Chairman of One Re Ltd. He has also served as a Non Executive Member of the Lloyd’s Market Board.

BMS Group CEO, Nick Cook, said:

“It’s my great pleasure to welcome Gilles to BMS, his extensive knowledge of the insurance and reinsurance markets will be invaluable to our business. Gilles’ appointment demonstrates that we are determined to attract the market’s top talent as we continue to develop and strengthen our global footprint.”

Commenting on his appointment, Gilles Bonvarlet added:

“I am delighted to be joining BMS. The BMS brand is synonymous with high quality, independent and innovative brokerage, matched with technical expertise and an understanding of both the traditional and alternative capital markets. I look forward to playing my part in the company’s development as one of the world’s leading independent brokers.”

BMS appoints Erin Vaccaro as Vice President

BMS Intermediaries Inc. (“BMS”), the independent risk and advisory firm, today announces the appointment of Erin Vaccaro as Vice President of its Philadelphia based Property and Casualty Treaty reinsurance division, reporting to John Faustman, Executive Vice President.
Erin joins BMS from Guy Carpenter, where she served as Vice President. During her eight year tenure at Guy Carpenter, Erin worked in both the Philadelphia and London offices across global Property, Casualty, Workers Compensation and Personal Accident treaty accounts. She is a graduate of the Temple University, Fox School of Business and Management, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, majoring in both Finance and Risk Management and Insurance.

John Faustman, Executive Vice President of BMS, said:

“I’m very pleased to welcome Erin to BMS’ Philadelphia offices. She joins our existing team who are dedicated to providing clients with a highly responsive service and market leading technical expertise. This is an aptitude that Erin has demonstrated throughout her career and she will make an excellent addition to the team.”

Erin Vaccaro said:

“I’m very excited to be joining BMS, whose brand is synonymous with sustainable growth, outstanding customer service and innovation in the face of complex client requirements. I look forward to getting to know the team and being a part of the company’s leading Property and Casualty reinsurance account.”

BMS Intermediaries CEO Andrew Bustillo has highlighted the importance of reinvention for reinsurers as the market continues to evolve

BMS Intermediaries CEO Andrew Bustillo has highlighted the importance of reinvention for reinsurers as the market continues to evolve, in Insider Quarterly’s Walk the Talk profile. The article discusses the positive culture and collaborative approach of BMS Inc., BMS Group, Minova and Pioneer Underwriters. Growth in facilities, particularly for challenging risks such as cyber and terrorism are also a focal point.

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BMS Group CEO Nick Cook featured among a number of broker CEOs in the latest edition of Insurance Insider.

BMS Group CEO Nick Cook featured among a number of broker CEOs in the latest edition of Insurance Insider. ‘Lost Civilisations’ focuses on the challenges facing mid-tier brokers and how companies, including BMS Group are diversifying to remain competitive and continue to grow.

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BMS Canada Risk Services launches Lions Gate Underwriting and appoints Shaun Johnston as Managing Director

Vancouver, Canada – BMS Canada Risk Services (“BMS Canada”) the Canadian arm of the independent specialist insurance and reinsurance broker BMS Group Ltd., today announces the launch of a specialist MGA Lions Gate Underwriting.

Lions Gate will commence underwriting immediately specializing in the following lines:

• Travel Medical Insurance
• Accident & Sickness
• War Risk & Terrorism Insurance
• Construction including annual and project specific coverages
• Professional Liability
• Cyber/Privacy
• Personal Lines
• Commercial General Liability & Umbrella Liability
• Residential and Commercial Property
• Large open-market risks

Lions Gate Underwriting is a leading Lloyd’s coverholder and underwrites on behalf of large A rated global insurers. Our products are distributed through licensed Canadian insurance brokers.

Shaun Johnston, who will be based in the company’s headquarters in Vancouver, has been appointed as Managing Director and holds national responsibility for the MGA including the Ontario presence.

Brian Gomes, CEO of BMS Canada, said:

“I am delighted to announce Shaun’s appointment and the re-launch of our MGA business. When we started looking for a Managing Director to Lions Gate, we knew that we needed someone with experience growing businesses and with an excellent knowledge and perspective on the current marketplace. Shaun’s experience stood out to us immediately and his track record in the provision of advisory, programme design and placement services for large complex projects as well as his market network will prove to be invaluable as we grow Lions Gate across Canada.”

Shaun Johnston, Managing Director of Lions Gate and COO of BMS Canada, said:

“This is a very exciting time for Lions Gate as we invest in key personnel and innovative product development. We are now at the next step in our strategic planning towards becoming the go-to business for specialized industries facing risks that require bespoke insurance solutions. We are better positioned than ever to fully service client requirements and our specialist, dedicated teams are ready to do business across the country. I’m greatly looking forward to announcing the various strategic developments over the coming months.”

BMS Continues customer driven innovation with launch of new iVision Hazard Module

BMS Intermediaries today announces the latest enhancement to iVision, its award winning catastrophe risk management system, that includes a new Hazard Module with storm surge features to support heightened user experience and functionality.

The new Hazard Module consolidates the extensive hazard map layers already available to iVision users with storm surge inundation heights above ground level, as defined by the National Hurricane Center’s Sea, Lake and Overland Surges from Hurricanes (SLOSH) model for category 1-4 hurricanes. The ability to visualize these storm surge hazard layers benefits users in their portfolio accumulation management, growth strategies, underwriting and rating territory evaluation.

“iVision’s latest enhancements, which were implemented following feedback from our clients, continues to demonstrate our commitment to providing innovation to suit their business requirements. In line with the start of the 2015 hurricane season, the new storm surge and hazard module features empower our clients making them better equipped than ever to prepare for severe weather events.”,

says Julie Serakos, Head of Cat Analytics for BMS Intermediaries, Inc.
iVision, part of a suite of analytical tools and services offered by BMS, is an easy-to-use catastrophe risk management system that is accessed via the internet. Built on the latest GIS technologies, it helps today’s insurance companies reduce cost and increase efficiency when managing their catastrophic risk.

BMS Group Launches Miami hub; Jose Astorqui Named as CEO, BMS Latin America

BMS Group Limited (“BMS”), the independent specialist insurance and reinsurance broker, today announces the launch of its Miami Hub with the appointment of Jose Astorqui to the newly created role of Chief Executive Officer, BMS Latin America.

The new Miami office is part of BMS’s stated strategy to expand its proposition in selective international markets. BMS sees an attractive opportunity for growth in the region and will use Miami as its base to service business from Latin America, Central America and the Caribbean.

Reporting to Nick Cook, BMS CEO, Jose Astorqui will join BMS from Howden Insurance Brokers later in the year once his contractual obligations to Howden have been fulfilled. Jose has a strong track record of managing a portfolio across the region and has been based in Miami as Howden’s Director of Latin America since 2008.

Nick Cook commented:

“BMS are delighted to have secured a candidate of Jose’s calibre to lead our new Miami office. His experience will help accelerate our presence in the region as we seek to capitalise on Latin America’s rapid economic growth. The opportunities in this region are complementary to our growth strategy and Jose’s appointment is another exciting development for BMS.”

Jose Astorqui added:

“BMS have a compelling vision for growth and I am honoured to have been asked to lead their new venture in the region.”