Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a California-based retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage firm, has appointed Jim Gillette as principal and senior vice president for its Los Angeles office.

Mr Gillette will be responsibilities for expanding EPIC’s presence in Los Angeles while focusing on client relationship management. In addition to this, he will design and manage the placement of insurance and risk management programs for his clients.

Mr Gillette will continue to serve the needs of clients throughout the technology, financial services, real estate, and private equity industries including national and global commercial clients.

Prior to joining EPIC, Mr Gillette held production and client management roles at Aon, Bolton & Co and most recently Marsh as a client executive in their Los Angeles office.

John Hahn, co-founder and president of EPIC, said: “Dan Francis and I are very pleased to have Jim Gillette join our firm as a new principal in Southern California. The addition of Jim to our Los Angeles office significantly enhances EPIC’s profile in the region.”

Chris McTigue, managing principal of EPIC’s Los Angeles office, said: “Mr Gillete is an outstanding individual and brings many talents to our team. Jim’s sterling reputation as an exceptional client advocate is very well earned. As a close friend of many years, I could not be happier to now have Jim as my partner in growing our firm.”

Mr Gillette said: “I am very excited to join the talented team here at EPIC whose focus on quality and client advocacy is second to none. The firm’s unique structure, client centered model, and opportunity to continue to grow a great company were critical factors in my decision to join the EPIC team.”