Holmes Murphy & Associates Inc. announced that its chairman, Jim Swift, will move into a new role as director of development opportunities, effective Jan. 1. The change is part of the planned leadership perpetuation strategy for the West Des Moines-based firm, which is now the 26th-largest independent risk management and insurance brokerage firm in the United States. In his new role, Swift will oversee Holmes Murphy's strategic acquisitions and related growth plans. "Jim Swift's leadership has been critical to Holmes Murphy's significant growth in the last decade," CEO Daniel Keough said. The firm, which first surpassed $100 million in revenues in 2012, has grown to 12 offices in 10 states and has 575 employees. Swift joined Holmes Murphy as an account executive in 1980; by 1988, he had advanced to senior vice president of sales. He served as Holmes Murphy's president before being named CEO in 2007 and chairman and CEO in 2009.