Brokerslink Names Fonseca, MDS Group’s CEO, as Chairman, Replacing Allard

October 16, 2018

Global broking network Brokerslink announced it has appointed José Manuel Fonseca as its new chairman, replacing Grégory Allard, who steps down after a two-year tenure.

As one of the original founders of Brokerslink, Fonseca also is the CEO of Porto, Portugal-based broker MDS Group and sits on the board of directors of reinsurance brokerage Ed.

Fonseca will be supported in his role by Steve Hearn, Brokerslink board member and group CEO of Ed, who has been appointed vice chairman, replacing Patrick Chan, managing director and general manager of Nova Risk Services.

“When Brokerslink was founded in 2004, I wanted it to become a credible alternative to the large alpha house brokers, offering the strength and support of a global network but with a commitment to allowing regional brokers across the world to maintain their independence and continue to service their own clients with the wealth of local specialist knowledge that they are known and trusted for in their markets,” said Fonseca in a statement. “With the commitment and dedication of a fantastic team over the years, I have seen this vision become reality.”

Brokerslink recently announced the expansion of the network with 13 new affiliates. In February 2018, it appointed Jacqueline Legrand as CEO, succeeding Fonseca. Legrand also is chief operating officer and board member at MDS Group.

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