Lockton, a privately held independent insurance broker, has appointed Mark Harris as a senior vice president and producer to its Chicago operation.

Mark Harris will be responsible for business development and client advocacy for law firms and other professional service firms. He will join Lockton from Marsh where he spent the past 12 years in various sales roles, including most recently a position in Marsh’s National Producer Group. He is a Lloyd’s of London broker with extensive experience in providing insurance, employee benefits and risk management counsel to his clients.

Prior to the insurance business, Mr Harris was one of the four founding partners in the London-based financial services PR and marketing firm, Citigate Marketing. Prior to that he was in the financial public relations business where he worked for the former London Stock Exchange press relations officer.

Tom Pluss, president of Lockton’s Chicago operations, said: Mark Harris brings a diverse array of professional and personal experience to Lockton’s clients. Law firms and other professionals trust his judgment in guiding them through the challenges of protecting their firms, their staff and their clients.