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MDS signals international expansion ambitions with Legrand hire

Broker MDS has signalled its ambition to expand its footprint outside its traditional Portuguese-speaking powerbase with the appointment of New York-based Jacqueline Legrand as chief operating officer and a board director.Legrand joins the firm from New York’s Frank Crystal & Company where she oversaw international activities.Since 2009 she has been the North American chief operating officer for BrokersLink, one of the largest broking networks in the world, which counts both Frank Crystal and MDS as members.Legrand worked in a number of insurance and IT roles in France before joining Frank Crystal, including Théorème and IBM.MDS has traditionally focused on the Portuguese, Angolan and Brazilian markets, but has set its sights further afield as its chairman, José Manuel Fonseca, explained: “The broad expansion of our international footprint is highly strategic for our group and it is where we have decided to focus our energy and efforts.”

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