California-based Heffernan Insurance Brokers has appointed Ed Nokes to lead its Orange, California office as new senior vice president and branch manager of the Orange operations, with responsibilities to develop new business in Southern California.

Nokes held various roles with increasing responsibilities in his career. In 1986, Nokes joined Willis as a divisional CFO. He later became COO for the Western US.

In 2005, Nokes started ABD Insurance property & casualty in San Diego. He then became Western regional sales director at Venbrook Group.

Heffernan Insurance Brokers offers a full line of property, liability, group medical insurance, personal insurance and financial services.

The company provides insurance products and services to individuals, as well as to a diverse group of companies within a variety of industries including construction, manufacturing, wine, property owners, nonprofits, and technology. The Orange office specializes in nonprofits and religious organizations.