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BMS continues US reinsurance expansion with the appointment of Jani Kohonen as senior vice president

BMS Group (“BMS”), the independent specialist (re)insurance broker, today announced the appointment of Jani Kohonen as senior vice president and Atlanta branch manager, effective on 29 January 2020. He will be based in Atlanta and reports to Pete Chandler, president & CEO of BMS Re US.

Kohonen has over 15 years’ experience in the insurance and risk market. Before joining BMS, he was vice president at StarStone Insurance in Atlanta, overseeing its ILS initiatives and underwriting strategy in the US E&S property space. Kohonen also worked at Aspen Insurance Group in New York between 2007 and 2017, where he held a number of senior roles, with a particular focus on catastrophe risk management. Kohonen began his career at Arch Insurance Group in 2005.

Chandler said: “We have seen an increase in demand for the type of tailored insurance solutions and personalised advice that BMS is renowned for among our client base and beyond. We are therefore committed to expanding our team and further increasing our presence in the US throughout 2020.

With market leaders like Jani joining BMS, we look forward to building out our product offering and strengthening our US reinsurance operations. Jani’s specialised knowledge in catastrophe risk and market relationships will be an invaluable asset to the team and we would therefore like to welcome him warmly to BMS.”

Alejandro Ceron named BMS Latin America & Caribbean COO

BMS Group (“BMS”), the independent specialist (re)insurance broker, today announced the appointment of Alejandro Ceron as BMS Latin America & Caribbean chief operating officer, effective immediately. Ceron will be based in Miami and reports to Jose Astorqui, CEO of BMS Latin America & Caribbean.

Ceron joins BMS with more than 28 years’ experience in international corporate management. Most recently, he was the founder and CEO of his own consulting firm in 2016, focusing on corporate governance and organisational growth strategy. Ceron had a long and distinguished career at Marsh & McLennan in the US and Latin America, where he led the HR and sales operation for Latin America between 2002 and 2016. Prior to that, he held various senior HR roles at Philips Lighting in the Netherlands and PepsiCo in Mexico.

Astorqui said: “BMS has been expanding its operations and increasing its brand recognition in Latin America and the Caribbean since 2015. With approximately $200 million in premiums brokered in the region in 2019, we are confidently launching the next phase of our Latin American expansion. Alejandro is a recognised operations expert and will contribute significantly to our growth.”

Ceron added: “BMS is well-recognised for its talented team and versatility in market conditions. The Latin American and Miami market has been changing dramatically and I’m excited to join BMS at this phase of development.”