Commercial insurance brokerage Navacord has created three new senior executive positions to coincide with its growth strategy.
Melanie Muise has been appointed as chief operations officer, while Brandon Parent was named general counsel and Kristin Coulombe as national head of human resources. The appointments all take effect September 23, 2019, a release said.
Muise will be in charge of overseeing Navacord’s broker and client experience, on top of supporting the growth strategies of Navacord Broker Partners. She has more than 14 years of P&C industry experience, in both direct and broker channel models across personal and commercial lines. She received her MBA from Edinburgh Business School.
Parent will administer Navacord’s corporate legal matters, which include acquisitions. He has over 20 years of experience as a legal executive and business strategist with both private and publicly traded companies. Parent has broad legal expertise and specialization in M&A, commercial contracting and procurement, corporate governance and litigation management.
Coulombe is responsible for creating a people agenda for Navacord, which will be executed by a regional team that offers HR support, training and development to the brokerage’s broker partners. She brings 20 years of HR experience. Coulombe was most recently the HR leader of Navacord Ontario.
All three will report to Navacord president and CEO Shawn DeSantis.
“Today’s organizational announcement is exciting as it signifies the building of a company structure that is focused on providing expert risk management advice, enhanced services to our clients, and attracting, retaining and developing the very best talent in the industry,” commented DeSantis in a statement.
The CEO also mentioned that through the appointments, Navacord is putting “building blocks” in place to ensure it can quickly respond to the changing needs of clients and broker partners