Vinhas appointment strengthens MDS Portugal’s country management team

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3 September 2013:  MDS Group, the Iberian, Latin American and African insurance broker, has strengthened its Portuguese management team by appointing Mario Vinhas as Deputy Country Manager.

In his new role Vinhas will help support and coordinate the activities of MDS Portugal and define strategic goals in conjunction with the MDS Group board.

MDS also aims to utilise his skills to grow its portfolio, increase profitability and consolidate its relationships with customers and partners in the country.

After graduating and working within retail management with Sonae, Vinhas joined Generali in 1997.  He was appointed Deputy Commercial Director in 1999 before being promoted to the role of Commercial Director for Lisbon in 2001 and then Commercial Director with responsibility for brokers in 2005.

José Manuel Fonseca, President and Chief Executive Officer of MDS Group said: ”I am delighted that a market professional of Mario’s standing has agreed to join the MDS Portugal management team, reinforcing our broking and risk consulting expertise.  He has considerable insurance experience and will add significant value to the range of services MDS offers to its clients.”

MDS Brazil wins the “Troféu Gaivota de Ouro” award for the second year in a row

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For the second year in a row, MDS Brazil wins the “Troféu Gaivota de Ouro” award (2013 Golden Gull Trophy), in the category “National and international Broker” under the title “National and international brokerage firm with the best result on risk management in insurance and reinsurance Merit”.

The awards ceremony took place during the 17th edition of the Insurance Market Award, one of the most important events in the Brazilian insurance industry. This award is promoted annually by “Seguro Total” magazine. MDS was represented at the event by Sao Paulo regional director, Victor Garibaldi (in the picture, holding the award).

Once again the market recognizes MDS leadership in providing innovative services and outstanding insurance solutions and risk management consultancy to its clients. MDS consolidates steadily its position as a key player in the Brazilian market.

Teamwork, hard work and dedication contribute once again to MDS success in Brazil.

Big ideas at XL Group: Listening to Mike

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XL’s Group Chief Executive Officer Mike McGavick tells FullCover all about his company’s stance on talent management, catastrophic risks, and other issues affecting insurance today. Find out the motivation for XL’s recent rebranding and discover this seasoned insurance leader’s thoughts on where the industry is headed in the years to come.

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MDS contribution to the community

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MDS launched the book “Dar ASAS à imaginação”, in partnership with designer Nuno Leal, printing company Lidergraf and Paulo Neves, the artist who hosted the ASAS’ children’s drawings exhibition.
MDS was responsible for the editing and printing of the book whose proceeds go to ASAS.
On July 10, a ceremony took place at MDS offices in Porto to celebrate the event with several institution´s children and the benefactors of the initiative.

ASAS is a charity organization for the protection and support of disadvantaged groups and individuals, especially children and young adults. The organization is based in Santo Tirso, Portugal.

To learn more about ASAS please visit