BMS Re names US COO

Key hire was formerly global COO of reinsurance at AIG

BMS Re names US COO


By Mika Pangilinan

BMS Re has announced the appointment of John Canavan as its new chief operating officer in the US, effective May 1, 2024.

Canavan brings experience from several notable organizations, including Willis Re, Guy Carpenter, and AIG, where he recently held the position of global COO of reinsurance. His contributions in previous roles include enhancing client and market services, implementing digital strategies, and fortifying financial policies within the reinsurance domain.

In his new role, Canavan will spearhead BMS Re’s operational expansion in the US. This includes enhancing digital and technological capabilities, as well as fostering integration with the company’s London and Bermuda operations.

Canavan will report to Chris Brook, group COO, and Andrew Wheeler, president of BMS Re. He is also set to oversee the company’s operational team, managed by Kris Westall.

Brook commented on Canavan’s appointment, praising him for “over four decades of invaluable experience in the US reinsurance market.”

“His unparalleled insight will be instrumental as we continue to expand our reinsurance business,” said Brook. “With John working alongside Andrew and me, our team’s paramount focus remains steadfast: placing our clients at the forefront of every decision we make. We're thrilled to have him join the BMS family.”

Canavan also shared his enthusiasm about his new role, recognizing BMS Re’s period of impressive growth,” as well as its reputation for “superior client service.”

“I have always been drawn to opportunities where I can contribute to growth but in the right way. In BMS Re I see exactly that,” said Canavan. “I’m delighted to be joining the team and look forward to supporting the drive to further build on BMS Re’s impressive growth.”

Canavan joins BMS Re as the company continues its growth trajectory, which has included both organic growth and mergers and acquisitions.

BMS Re delivers tailored reinsurance and capital market solutions to its clients. It currently has a team of over 300 professionals stationed across ten global offices.

What are your thoughts on this story? Feel free to comment below.

Keep up with the latest news and events

Join our mailing list, it’s free!