West Point, GA – July 1, 2019- J. Smith Lanier & Co., a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company, today announced that it had promoted Chris Barnett to be Managing Director for its Lexington, Kentucky office effective July 1, 2019.
In this role, Mr. Barnett is responsible for leading all aspects of the Lexington office including delivering MMA’s wide range of services and solutions to clients in the area. He succeeds John Milward who is still with the firm and will be consulting Mr. Barnett. Jack Wilkinson currently manages the Employee Health & Benefits department of Lexington.
Mr. Barnett brings over 25 years of experience in the Business Insurance industry most recently serving as a Senior Vice President for the company. He joined Powell Walton Milward in Lexington in 1997 as a commercial property and casualty producer. He then joined J. Smith Lanier & Co. in 2007.
Commenting on Mr. Barnett’s appointment MMA Southeast CEO, Gary Ivey, said: “John Milward did an exceptional job as managing director and we are grateful for his leadership. Chris is a proven leader with a vast range of experience and knowledge in the industry. I am confident he and the Lexington team will continue to deliver outstanding service to our clients.”
“I am excited about the future of MMA Southeast and appreciative for the opportunity to serve as the Managing Director for the last 12 years,” said Managing Director of Lexington, John Milward
“I appreciate John Milward’s mentorship over the past 22 years that has prepared me for this role. He has done a tremendous job guiding an excellent team of associates who serve our clients and the Lexington community. I look forward to continuing that legacy.” added Mr. Barnett.
Marsh & McLennan Agency
Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC is a subsidiary of Marsh established in 2008 to serve as a platform for the middle market. MMA offers commercial property, casualty, personal lines, and employee benefits to midsize businesses and individuals across North America.