BMS announced today that it has appointed Kristine Westall as Senior Vice President, Reinsurance Operations Officer of its US platform. Formerly, Kristine spent over 20 years working for Benfield in their Minneapolis office as SVP, Reinsurance Accounting and Claims. Recently she has worked for John B. Collins Associates, Inc as SVP of Brokerage Operations responsible for providing accounting, claims, IT, contracts, compliance and office services..

The specialist insurance broker confirmed that after a lengthy review of its US office locations it has decided to transfer its US back-office hub, currently based in Dallas, to Minneapolis to be closer to client base and a larger potential talent pool. The Dallas office will in turn become a sales and production hub. Kristine’s role will incorporate the development and implementation of the BMS strategy in the US, while building a team in the new Minneapolis hub to take the platform to the next level.

Kris said: “Joining BMS, in the US, at this exciting time is a great opportunity and I look forward to establishing the new hub and creating an environment of excellence and growth for the Group as it powers its way to the creation of a compelling alternative.”

Anne Marie Roberts who served as President of BMS Intermediaries Inc (BMS’s US entity) is no longer with the Group. BMS’s CEO, Carl Beardmore, said: “I want to thank Anne Marie for all her tremendous work and support over the last 10 years. She has been an invaluable asset to BMS in developing the US platform and I wish her much success in her future endeavours.”