Ken Ross now is commissioner of the Michigan Office of Financial and Insurance Services.

Ross succeeds Linda Watters, who left the post in October 2007 to take a job in the Chicago office of KPMG L.L.P., an accounting firm.

Watters had been the Michigan insurance commissioner since April 2003.

Ross, who has been the acting Michigan commissioner since Watters resigned, previously was deputy commissioner for policy at OFIS.

Ross has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and political science from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Before joining OFIS, Ross was a vice president for regulatory and legal affairs at the Michigan Credit Union League, Plymouth, Mich.

In related news, Michigan officials report that the name of OFIS will change to the Office of Financial and Insurance Regulation April 6.