San Mateo, CA, March 21, 2018 –(– ABD Insurance and Financial Services announced today that Chris Cordes has joined the company as Executive Vice President and Market Leader within the Employee Benefits practice. Chris brings 30 years of insurance and benefits experience to ABD and will focus on growing ABD’ Midwest presence from Chicago while extending their presence in the large account market serving customers with 2,500 to 30,000 employees nationally.

ABD is one of the fastest growing Employee Benefits Consultant in the US. With over 700 clients and greater than $600M in premiums under management, the company helps fast-growth, people-focused companies create attractive benefit strategies while supporting the bottom line. In his new role, Chris will work closely with the ABD Team to expand the core business and add his intelligence as new markets are considered.

“Chris brings deep expertise, operational sophistication and an impressive track record of success to ABD,” said Darren Brown, EVP and Founding Principal ABD. “His broad carrier partnerships, service reputation, and in-market leadership will enable ABD to quickly and efficiently grow our presence in additional geographical markets while also complementing our current market leadership.”

Chris will focus on growing revenues, managing a new team, and implementing operational rigor to drive greater service efficiencies for ABD. His experience with large group employers in retail, healthcare, heavy manufacturing, and general business will help ABD continue to expand into new industries and markets. “We seek to attract the best and the brightest nationally to help us build our boutique business. Chris’ talent, relationships, and tenacity are a great fit for us to uniquely expand our large account solutions from Chicago,” said Brian Hetherington, Chairman of ABD.

Chris joins ABD from HUB International, where he was President and Market Leader for the Midwest Employee Benefits practice. Prior to HUB, Chris held executive positions at Laurus Strategies, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., PacificCare Health Systems, Health Net, and Cigna Healthcare.

Chris will be based in Chicago, and can be reached [email protected] or on LinkedIn.

About ABD
ABD Insurance and Financial Services provides risk management, insurance brokerage, human resources, and retirement consulting services. Our advisors offer guidance and craft innovative solutions to help address risk for clients of varying sizes, growth stages, and industries.

Headquartered in San Mateo, CA, ABD has offices in San Francisco, San Rafael, San Jose, Walnut Creek, Lodi and Roseville, and Seattle, and serves clients across the United States and globally. To learn more, visit:

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