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Navacord expands Executive Team as it accelerates its growth journey

September 11, 2019   by rosemary

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Toronto, ON, Sep 11, 2019/InsPress/ – Navacord Inc., a leading insurance and risk management brokerage announces the addition of three newly created senior executive positions as it continues their rapid Canadian growth journey.  Executive capabilities strengthened with addition of Chief Operations Officer, General Counsel and Human Resources roles

Navacord’s expanded executive team will include Melanie Muise as Chief Operations Officer, Brandon Parent as General Counsel and Kristin Coulombe as national head of Human Resources. Roles will be effective September 23, 2019.

“Navacord’s story about Canadian entrepreneurialism is exciting as we surpass our expectations in five short years”, said T. Marshall Sadd, Executive Chairman of Navacord. “Our vision to build the great Canadian brokerage is happening rapidly and we knew it was the right time to bring in top talent to help build our future.”

Melanie Muise is appointed Chief Operations Officer responsible for overseeing Navacord’s broker and client experience in addition to supporting the growth strategies of Navacord Broker Partners. Melanie’s 14 plus years in the P&C industry, in both direct and broker channel models across personal and commercial lines, coupled with her MBA from Edinburgh Business School, makes her an ideal candidate to drive this new initiative.

Brandon Parent is appointed Senior Vice President and General Counsel with oversight over all corporate legal matters across the organization, including acquisitions. Brandon brings over 20 years of experience as an accomplished legal executive and business strategist with private and publicly traded companies. Brandon has broad legal expertise in addition to specialization in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, commercial contracting and procurement, corporate governance and litigation management.

Kristin Coulombe is appointed Senior Vice President, Human Resources responsible for developing a national industry-leading people agenda that will be executed by a regional team providing HR support, training and development to Broker Partners. Kristin is a leading HR Executive bringing 20 years of HR experience, in addition to intimate knowledge of the Navacord organization, having spent the past 7 years as HR leader of Navacord Ontario.

Navacord expands Executive Team as it accelerates its growth journey Executive capabilities strengthened with addition of Chief Operations Officer, General Counsel and Human Resources roles

Reporting to the President and CEO, these appointments represent the importance of each of these areas to drive continued success across the growing number of Navacord Broker Partners.

“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 our clients, and attracting, retaining and developing the very best talent in the industry”, said Shawn DeSantis, Navacord President and CEO. “We are putting in place the building blocks to ensure agile responses to the changing needs of our clients and Broker Partners. The people named today are highly capable and proven leaders with a wealth of experience. We all look forward to working with them as we prepare Navacord for the next phase of our growth journey.”

About Navacord

Headquartered in Toronto, Navacord’s group of companies include Broker Partners across Canada and Specialty Managing General Agents. Offering risk management and consulting solutions, Navacord is committed to the success of their clients and delivering expert advice in an increasingly complex world. Broker Partners deliver local, personalized service to their clients while being supported by the additional expertise, resources and efficiencies of a national brokerage. Navacord is the preferred partner for entrepreneurial insurance brokerages seeking to collaborate and grow while maintaining their unique identity and culture.

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