Lockton, a privately held insurance brokerage, has appointed Robert Reiff as new chief operating officer (COO) of its St Louis office.

As COO, Mr Reiff will be responsible for the overall operations of Lockton St Louis, including leading service teams in risk management, benefits consulting, retirement services, and compensation consulting.

Mr Reiff joins Lockton with nearly 20 years of experience in the insurance industry. Earlier, Mr Reiff spent the last six years with The Hartford as senior vice president in charge of distribution, field service, associations and products. At The Hartford his teams led the disability and life insurance industry in sales in four out of the last five years.

Kevin McDaniel, president and CEO of Lockton St Louis, said: This is an exciting time for Lockton St Louis as we execute this next phase in our growth plans and attracting someone with Bob’s rare skills and national stature is ideal timing for us. Bob’s track record of driving success through team execution is well known in our industry, so for both our people and clients we are thrilled to have Bob join us as we continue to expand our reach in the market.