Employee Benefits

Alera Group Appoints Cynthia Ballantyne as Managing Director of the West Region

March 30, 2023

Deerfield, IL (March 23, 2023) — Alera Group, a top independent national insurance and wealth services firm, announced today that Cynthia Ballantyne has been appointed as Managing Director of the West region.

In her new role, Ballantyne will accelerate growth by developing leadership teams, implementing efficient operations aimed at enhancing the colleague experience and bolstering expansion across the West region, which includes 18 offices, 36 locations, 600 colleagues and approximately $185 million in revenue across California, Arizona and Nevada.

“Cynthia has extensive experience driving organic growth and employing strategic initiatives to drive better business outcomes. Her experience, combined with her dedication and industry knowledge, will help lead our West region to success,” said Jim Blue, President of Alera Group. “Her remarkable fit with our collaborative culture and intentional leadership style will undoubtedly enhance Alera Group, and we are confident Cynthia will make incredible contributions to our organization.”   

Ballantyne joined Alera Group from Gallagher, where she has been Area President since 2016. In this role, she had 15 direct reports and a matrix of 500 team members under that umbrella to support her region. She also worked directly with functions such as M&A, sales/producers, benefit advocates, financial benefit consulting, wellness, operations, account management, finance and marketing. Previously, Ballantyne was President of Bagnall, which Gallagher purchased in 2016.

“I am thrilled to join the leadership team at Alera Group,” said Ballantyne. “The company’s culture of collaboration and inclusivity is a tremendous asset, and I look forward to ensuring that offices in the West region can continue to create a positive and meaningful impact for our clients, colleagues and communities.”

About Alera Group  

Alera Group is an independent, national insurance and wealth services firm with more than $1.2 billion in annual revenue, offering comprehensive employee benefits, property and casualty insurance, retirement plan services and wealth services solutions to clients nationwide. By working collaboratively across specialties and geographies, Alera Group’s team of more than 4,200 professionals in more than 180 offices provides creative, competitive services that help ensure a client’s business and personal success. For more information, visit https://aleragroup.com/, or follow us on LinkedIn.