2018
FERMA awards MDS Global CEO
FERMA awards MDS Global CEO
2018 FERMA awards MDS Global CEO
José Manuel Dias da Fonseca, Global CEO at MDS, was honoured as Broker Leader of the Year in insurance brokerage by the Federation of European Risk Management Associations. 

This award comes as recognition for his work in advancing and energizing risk management. His name was put forward by renowned European specialists. This is the first time a Portuguese national receives such an award. 

José Diogo Araújo e Silva is the new CFO of the MDS Group
José Diogo Araújo e Silva is the new CFO of the MDS Group
2018 José Diogo Araújo e Silva is the new CFO of the MDS Group
A graduate of Portuguese Catholic University with cum laude honours, José Diogo de Araújo e Silva brings a remarkable track record in investment banking and risk capital at the international level, namely in the United Kingdom and the Iberian Peninsula. He has held positions in companies like BPI, Accenture, JP Morgan e Magnum Capital, accruing vast experience in mergers and acquisitions in Europe and as a company and investment manager. 

Now, José Diogo Araújo e Silva will take over the financial reins for the MDS Group, contributing to its growth and development.

2017
José Manuel Fonseca takes on additional executive leadership role in Brazil
José Manuel Fonseca takes on additional executive leadership role in Brazil
2017 José Manuel Fonseca takes on additional executive leadership role in Brazil

José Manuel Fonseca, MDS Group CEO, took on additional executive leadership role at MDS Brazil, replacing Hélio Novaes, who had served as CEO since 2010

MDS becomes Broker at Lloyd’s
LLoyd's Broker
2017 MDS becomes Broker at Lloyd’s

MDS cements its place in the Portuguese market’s history by becoming the only Portuguese-speaking broker among 258 globally authorised to work with Lloyd’s of London.

Lloyd’s is the largest specialised insurance market in the world, bringing together the most renowned professionals to manage emerging or complex risks. A clear indicator of MDS’s global contribution to the insurance sector and recognition of its reputation for excellence, service, efficiency, quality and innovation.

 

Coverholder status
Iberosegur
2017 Coverholder status

The MDS Group, through its company Iberosegur, extends its expertise and range of solutions and becomes a coverholder for specialised insurance, including jewellery and transportation.

FlexBen investment
Flexben
2017 FlexBen investment

MDS reinforces its reputation for innovation and leadership within the Employee Benefits area by purchasing 45% of tech company FlexBen, an expert in the field of flexible benefits.

New MDS Portugal CEO
New MDS Portugal CEO
2017 New MDS Portugal CEO
Ricardo Pinto dos Santos takes on the leadership of MDS Portugal as its CEO.
2016
Mozambique expansion
Moçambique
2016 Mozambique expansion

MDS Africa strengthens its commitment to the African market by working with a local partner to open for business in Mozambique.

New MDS Africa leader
João Alvadia
2016 New MDS Africa leader

João Alvadia takes on the leadership of MDS Africa, strengthening MDS’s growth strategy in this market.

 

Filhet-Allard investment
Filhet-Allard MDS
2016 Filhet-Allard investment

MDS invests in Spain through a joint venture with Filhet-Allard, two brokers that are shareholders of Brokerslink. Filhet-Allard MDS is now a strong Iberian player.

 

Brokerslink share offer
Brokerslink Board
2016 Brokerslink share offer

Brokerslink becomes a Global Broking Company, offering private investment opportunities to its members in the form of shares.

This evolution of a firm, comprising 50 shareholders from 40 countries, illustrates its dynamism and geographical reach and represents a milestone in the growth of a cooperative broker network created by MDS in 2004.

 

2015
MDS RE created
MDS RE created
2015 MDS RE created

MDS RE is created, a reinsurance broker operating in Portugal, Africa and Brazil. This is an important step in the Group’s growth strategy, evidencing its continuous commitment to specialised insurance and risk consulting services.

Phoenix launch
Phoenix launch
2015 Phoenix launch

As a result of ongoing investment in innovation and technology, both in the people and tools they use, and a clear commitment to streamline management processes, MDS  developed Phoenix - a cloud-based system that enables integrated management of the group’s customers, insurers and agents.

 

2014
MDS 30th anniversary
MDS 30th anniversary
2014 MDS 30th anniversary

MDS celebrates its 30th anniversary by hosting an event in Porto that brings together the industry’s renowned international experts.

 

CIAB board member
CIAB board member
2014 CIAB board member

José Manuel Fonseca, CEO of MDS Group, is appointed to the Board of Directors of the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers (CIAB), the American association of insurance agents and brokers.

2013
New Herco Global leader
Jorge Luzzi
2013 New Herco Global leader

Jorge Luzzi, one of the world’s leading experts in risk management, joins MDS Group, taking on the leadership of Herco Global.

With extensive experience in the area of risk management, Jorge was group risk management director of Pirelli, chairman of the Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA) and is currently chairman of the Associação Portuguesa de Gestão de Riscos e Seguros (Portuguese Risk Management and Insurance Association), Apogeris. 

MDS Portugal appointment
Mário Vinhas
2013 MDS Portugal appointment

Mário Vinhas joins MDS as deputy country manager. He is currently deputy executive director of MDS Portugal.

Angola expansion
Angola
2013 Angola expansion

MDS begins operating in Angola through a joint venture with a local investor.

2012
Towers Watson Partnership
Towers Watson
2012 Towers Watson Partnership

Towers Watson appoints MDS as broking and consulting services provider in the benefits area, combining MDS’s extensive experience in employee benefits with that of pensions, healthcare and risk management. This partnership evidences MDS’s expertise and responsiveness when asked to support a renowned global player. 

New Group COO
Jacqueline Legrand
2012 New Group COO

Jacqueline Legrand, after more than a decade working for a large New York broker, joins MDS as chief operating officer. With extensive knowledge and international experience, Jacqueline is an example of MDS’s ability to attract top multi-skilled people with a global perspective. 

2011
João Alvadia joins MDS
João Alvadia
2011 João Alvadia joins MDS

João Alvadia joins MDS.

MLearning rolled out
Mlearning
2011 MLearning rolled out

MLearning is created, with the goal to develop and support insurance and risk management knowledge growth. The provision of training coupled with access to a wide range of material and a knowledge centre, enables MDS to capitalize on its experience, skills and important partnerships with international players, benefitting the market and customers.

Herco created
Herco
2011 Herco created

In line with its focus on innovative risk management services and solutions, MDS creates Herco - a specialist risk consulting and Enterprise Risk Management company.

 

Proximity Launch
Proximity
2011 Proximity Launch

MDS develops Proximity, an online customer portal that enables people to manage their insurance portfolio anytime, anywhere. This confirms a commitment from MDS to constantly innovate, demonstrates its technological knowledge and an ambition to provide advanced solutions that meet customers’ needs. 

 
HighDome launch
Highdome
2011 HighDome launch

MDS launches insurer and reinsurer, HighDome, a captive Protected Cell Company (PCC), with a European focus. MDS is the only Portuguese insurer with this model, underlining its strategy to provide innovative risk transfer tools, alternative to the traditional insurance market.

2010
Ricardo Pinto dos Santos joins MDS
Ricardo Pinto dos Santos
2010 Ricardo Pinto dos Santos joins MDS
Ricardo Pinto dos Santos joins MDS Portugal.
MDS Partners launch
MDS Partners
2010 MDS Partners launch

The wholesale platform MDS Partners is launched. 

MDS Auto created
MDS Auto
2010 MDS Auto created

MDS acquires 50% of Coral, formerly owned by Salvador Caetano Group, creating MDS Auto, the first Portuguese broker focused exclusively on the automotive sector.

Acquisition of Quórum
Acquisition of Quórum
2010 Acquisition of Quórum

Lazam-MDS acquires Quórum, whose CEO, Hélio Novaes, takes over as leader at MDS Brazil.

2009
Suzano Group investment
Suzano
2009 Suzano Group investment

Suzano Group acquires 49.99% of MDS SGPS. Further confirmation of a strategy to increase shareholdings.

 

First Brokerslink conference
Brokerslink
2009 First Brokerslink conference

Brokerslink’s first Global Conference, held in Hong Kong and attended by numerous international industry experts.

 

FULLCOVER launch
Fullcover 1
2009 FULLCOVER launch

Launch of FULLCOVER, a creative project published by the MDS team, sharing their extensive expertise and experience and carrying articles from renowned international experts across many countries. Recognised as an important tool for sharing and building insurance and risk management knowledge.

MDS Brazil reinforces presence at the national level
MDS Brazil reinforces presence at the national level
2009 MDS Brazil reinforces presence at the national level

In Brazil, acquisition of brokerage firms ADDmakler and Miral. With these acquisitions MDS consolidates its national presence by doubling its size.

2008
Seguros Continente created
Seguros Continente
2008 Seguros Continente created

MDS is behind another innovative Portuguese insurance sector project - the creation of Seguros Continente (Continente Insurance), a subsidiary of the Modelo Continente Hipermercados brand.  Providing protection solutions for private customers via digital and call centre channels, MDS is one of the first European brokers to sell insurance via a retail brand, confirming its position as a Portuguese pioneer. This operation is still active.

 

2007
Cooper Gay shareholding
Cooper Gay
2007 Cooper Gay shareholding

MDS acquires 32% of Cooper Gay (currently Ed Broking), a major London reinsurance broker, becoming its largest shareholder. This is the largest ever Portuguese investment in the international insurance industry. Undertaken by a broker, it underlines MDS’s commitment to deliver a global service by accessing the main markets and specialist knowledge.

 

2005
Lisbon chairs FERMA meeting
Ferma
2005 Lisbon chairs FERMA meeting

Federation of European Risk Management Associations – FERMA - has its forum in Portugal. This is one of the largest risk management and insurance meetings in the world, representing an historic milestone for this sector in Portugal.

As president of the hosting association, Associação Portuguesa de Gestão de Riscos e Seguros  - APOGERIS -  (Portuguese Risk Management and Insurance Association), José Manuel Fonseca CEO of the MDS Group, was the event’s chairman.  He was vice-president and board member of FERMA for several years. 


Unibroker acquisition
unibroker
2005 Unibroker acquisition

Acquisition of Unibroker positions MDS as the country’s leader in its sector – something it still holds today.

 

2004
Brokerslink launch
Brokerslink
2004 Brokerslink launch

MDS takes the lead in the creation of Brokerslink, a partnership between four brokers from different countries. Launched in Porto, this international network of insurance brokers has become a respected global player. 

Lisbon office opening
Lisbon
2004 Lisbon office opening

MDS expands its national presence by acquiring a local broker and opening an office in Lisbon.

Purchase of the Integridade brokerage firm
Purchase of the Integridade brokerage firm
2004 Purchase of the Integridade brokerage firm

Absorption of Integridade, the brokerage firm, by MDS Brazil. With this acquisition, Jacques Goldenberg, one of the most widely respected professionals in the sector, joins the MDS group.

2003
Pérouse investment
Pérouse
2003 Pérouse investment

The investment in the French market is strengthened with investment in Pérouse, a prestigious broker from Lyon, giving rise to Pérouse-MDS.

2002
Lazam acquisition
Lazam
2002 Lazam acquisition

MDS’s second international acquisition takes place with the purchase of 45% of the Brazilian Lazam, owned by the Suzano Group. MDS is currently among the largest brokers in the Brazilian market. 

2001
FirstAssur acquisition
FirstAssur
2001 FirstAssur acquisition

MDS Group’s first acquisition in the European market with investment in the French Internet broker, FirstAssur.

This move - the first Portuguese investment in a foreign broker - is a clear sign of the Group’s innovative strategy to focus on specific areas of expertise, create synergies with international players and enter new emerging markets. The acquisition signalled the beginning of a growth in relationships with affinity businesses and has resulted in MDS now holding  a significant position in the domestic market. 

2000
Sonae RE formation
Sonae Re
2000 Sonae RE formation

Launch of MDS-managed Sonae RE, a captive reinsurer and part of the Sonae Group with headquarters in Luxembourg.

 

MDS CEO appointment
José Manuel Fonseca
2000 MDS CEO appointment

José Manuel Dias da Fonseca becomes CEO of MDS. His appointment reflects a change in the company’s strategic direction, with a vision to become a global leader in the insurance and risk management sector.

 

1997
Risk consulting launch
MDS Building
1997 Risk consulting launch

MDS expands its activity, begins to operate outside Sonae Group and creates the first specialist risk consulting team.

 

1984
MDS created
MDS created
1984 MDS created
Sonae creates MDS to manage Sonae group’s insurance. 
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