Insurance broker Lockton Companies has named Thomas Schaffler as president of its Chicago office's employee benefits practice.

Mr Schaffler joined Lockton more than 10 years ago as executive vice president and producer and serves on the Chicago executive committee. He is also a member of the Lockton Benefits Group executive committee. He has twenty-five years of experience in the benefits arena.

Michael Brewer, president of Lockton Benefit Group, said: ”Tom has been a driving force behind the growth and development of our very successful Chicago benefits practice. The Chicago benefits team is doing tremendous work to help clients deal with rising costs and in the implementation of health risk management approaches.

Thomas Pluss, president of Lockton Chicago, said: Tom is the ultimate client advocate and is committed to providing the best solutions and service to our benefits’ clients. He brings a dedication and an expertise to our clients and prospects which has been the foundation of the practice he helped build in Chicago.

Lockton provides insurance, benefits, surety, risk management and employee benefit consulting services as client service.