International industry support

IICF Leadership

IICF International Board of Governors

The IICF International Board of Governors is the senior board governing the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation, responsible for overseeing all US and UK-based operations, and establishing and ensuring strategic direction by working in conjunction with the IICF CEO, staff, and Chairs of the IICF Division Boards of Directors. The Board of Governors is also responsible for managing the IICF Long-Term Investment Fund and members serve as advocates for the foundation and all IICF initiatives and programming. Board members are senior industry leaders representing the P&C and Life/Health/Wealth Management segments of the industry along with other businesses that support the insurance industry.

Dave Alberts
Co-leader, Global Insurance Industry Group
Mayer Brown

David Alberts is co-leader of Mayer Brown’s Global Insurance Industry Group. David’s work for the life and non-life insurance industry includes a broad range of corporate, commercial and regulatory advisory and transactional work, including corporate/M&A, regulatory, commercial, insurtech, traditional and alternative/structured reinsurance and new product

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development.  David has been designated as a leading lawyer in Chambers USA since 2006 for Insurance: Transactional and Regulatory,  for which sources endorsed him as being "incredibly good at what he does” and having "deep expertise in relevant fields. He's invested time to get to know the nuances of our company and he's collaborative and creative.” He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Association of Insurance & Reinsurance Run-Off Companies (AIRROC), a member of the International Board of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation and a member of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel.

+ IICF Co-Founder; IICF Global Membership Founders Circle
Bruce Basso
IICF Co-Founder

Bruce has over 40 years of insurance industry services experience that combines extensive business and operational expertise with demonstrated leadership and Board level responsibility in both the national and international insurance communities.

He co-founded and

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built ABD Insurance and Financial Services (ABD), a $186M insurance brokerage, into one of the top 14 insurance brokers in the United States, then acquired by Greater Bay Bancorp in 2002, and later by Wells Fargo as part of its acquisition of Greater Bay Bancorp.

In 1995, Bruce established the US arm of WBN and subsequently served as CEO, Member of the Global Executive Committee, and Member of the Global Board of Directors.

+ Co-Chair; IICF IDEA Council; Past Chair, IICF Int'l Board of Governors
Barbara Bufkin
Senior Advisor
Amwins

Barbara's four decades in the insurance and reinsurance industry have spanned leadership roles encompassing operational and strategic responsibilities, including business origination and product development, underwriting, claims, risk management/corporate governance and ceded and assumed reinsurance, while fostering a

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culture of innovation, mentorship, and diverse talent. 

 

Throughout the past eight years, Barbara has focused her career at the intersection of distribution, underwriting, technology and capital in specialty businesses. Barbara currently serves as a Senior Advisor at Amwins Group and a founding member of the D&I Council, an independent director of Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited (NEIL) and subsidiary Cedar Hamilton, and an independent director The Westfield Companies. She previously held leadership roles at Assurant, Hamilton USA, Guy Carpenter, Argo Group and Swiss Re.

 

During her 3-year tenure (2017-2020) as Chair of the International Board of Governors of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) and current President of the Association of Professional Insurance Women (APIW), Barbara has been directly engaged in the global and national Women in Insurance Conference series. Furthering her commitment to the IICF she serves as Co-Chair of the IICF Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) Council which brings together over 50 of the top D&I officers in the insurance industry to advance the mission of diversity and inclusion. Concurrently, she is a member of the North American board of directors of ISC Group  and advocates for the value of the insurance industry as a career of choice in her role as immediate past president and chair of the governance committee and member of the Board of Trustees of Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS).

 

As a keynote speaker on The Power of Purpose  and The Archaeology of a Network in various insurance industry forums, Barbara has been driving the Big Tent of culture, inclusion, innovation, sponsorship, mentoring talent and the power of networks.  

A tireless advocate on issues of philanthropy, product innovation and talent, among other awards, Barbara was named Insurance Woman of the Year by APIW in 2012, Inclusion Champion by the IICF in 2015 and Woman of Distinction at the 2017 Insurance Business America Awards. In 2019, she was inducted into Insurance Business America’s Hall of Fame.

 

Lisa Butera
Managing Director
Swiss Re

Lisa Butera is a Managing Director at Swiss Re.  In her current role, she manages a $2B reinsurance portfolio and leads a team of underwriting and client management specialists who engage and service US-based, P&C multinational clients.  Additionally, Lisa leads for Swiss Re's US strategic engagement with key reinsurance brokers. Prior to this role, Lisa was a

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Head of Strategy and a Senior Client Manager for this same portfolio, acting in a capacity as chief sales leader for five client insurers.  In this role, she was responsible for growth and profitability of the global client relationship and for leading cross-functional teams to develop and deliver risk and capital management solutions to her clients.

Prior to joining Swiss Re in August 2012, Lisa spent nearly 20 years at AIG in various underwriting and management capacities. Prior to leaving AIG, she was Head of the Multinational Risk Practice for AIG North America and prior to that Head of Worldwide Commercial Management Liability within the international Financial Lines Division. During her AIG career, Lisa held several positions of increasing responsibility.  

After leaving AIG for a short hiatus and then again returning after 2.5 years, Lisa was a broker at Aon within the Financial Services Group. Lisa is a DEI Champion and Global Executive Sponsor of Swiss Re's Employee Resource Group for People of Color, an active Mentor and Sponsor.  

Lisa graduated cum laude with a Communications Studies degree from Montclair State University.  

+ Chair, IICF Southeast Division Board of Directors
Joe Connelly
President, South Central Zone
AIG

Joe Connelly serves as President of the South Central Zone for the General Insurance operations of AIG. General Insurance is the business division that serves the Commercial Insurance markets. Joe is responsible for leading the strategy, execution and delivery of General Insurance’s core businesses and service capabilities to its clients, brokers and agents.

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The South Central Zone is comprised of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Mississippi.

Through his tenure in the insurance industry, Joe brings experience in leadership, regional operations, energy, major accounts and distribution in Texas and the surrounding markets. He joined AIG in June 2018 from Chubb, where he most recently served as Executive Vice President in the North America Major Accounts Division.

Prior tohis role at Chubb, and ACE Group’s acquisition of Chubb, he held the position of Regional Executive Officer, Houston Region for ACE USA. Before joining ACE in 2008 he worked in the downstream energy industry for 17 years.

Mr. Connelly earned a BA in Business Administration from Texas Lutheran University and an MBA in Finance from the University of St. Thomas (Houston). And, Mr. Connelly serves as a Board Member for Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas, as well as the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) for the Southeast Division.

Ken Crerar
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers

Ken Crerar is the President/CEO of The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers, a Washington, DC-based trade association representing the top 200 commercial insurance brokerages in the world.

Crerar first joined The Council in 1987 as chief lobbyist and director of its political action committee. He was named president in 1992. Since then,

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he has built the organization into the leading representative of the most successful commercial insurance and employee benefits intermediaries across the globe.

Under Crerar’s leadership, The Council created Leader’s Edge magazine, an award-winning publication and digital content platform with an editorial focus on the brokerage sector; launched The Council Academy, which provides unique talent development resources to Council member firms; established The Council Foundation, a non-profit which assists in attracting and developing the brokerage workforce of the future; and formed various executive-level peer groups. He was also instrumental in The Council’s efforts to create The World Federation of Insurance Intermediaries. Headquartered in Brussels, WFII is a non-profit international organization representing associations of insurance intermediaries from around the world. In addition, The Council is home to the largest political action committee in the insurance industry, topping $2million. In 2013, Crerar was named one of the industry’s top 100 “Game Changers.”

Crerar’s achievements and interests extend well beyond insurance. He is a founder and current member of The Monumental Leadership Group, a member of The Economic Club of Washington, DC, and chairman and owner of Rogers Collection, a 25-year-old importer of best-in-class specialty food products.

John D. Gambale
President - New York Zone
AIG

As President of the Northeast Zone, John is responsible for the overall operation of the Mid-Atlantic, NY Metro and New England Regions, effectively representing national priorities and executing AIG’s local go-to market strategy for General Insurance.  Close collaboration with product leadership to deliver tailored distribution, segmentation, and customer-centric

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solutions are critical to the success of these priorities. John oversaw the New York Zone before it was consolidated with and into a combined Northeast Zone.

Previously, John was the Northeast Financial Lines Executive where responsibilities included strategically driving all product, distribution, and talent management initiatives across Boston, New York, and Philadelphia; including but not limited to Directors & Officers and Cyber Liability.

John joined AIG in 1999 and has held several roles of increasing responsibility including Head of Professional Liability & Lexington Financial Lines Executive responsible for Cyber, Miscellaneous, Media, Accountants, Lawyers Malpractice, in the U.S., Canada, Bermuda, and E&S London market.  Before this, John was Head of the Private/Non-Profit Management Liability Division, responsible for domestic and multinational private and non-profit organizations in the U.S. and Canada.

John is part of the Northeast Board of Directors for the Insurance Industry Charity Foundation, as well as Co-Dinner Chair for the IICF’s annual fundraising dinner. John graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Science degree in Resource Economics and holds an M.B.A. from the Lubin School of Business at Pace University. In 2021, John received the Pace Downtown Gamechanger award for his impact on Downtown Manhattan over the past 20 years.

Rod Hughes
President
Kimball Hughes Public Relations

Rod Hughes is president of Kimball Hughes Public Relations, a national agency specializing in content development, reputation management and crisis communications. Since its founding in 1995, Kimball Hughes PR has inhabited the world of insurance communications, becoming a leader in the P&C sector representing carriers, MGAs, program managers, third-

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party administrators, alliances, networks, associations, back-office service providers, insurtechs and others. Rod joined the agency in 2012 and became a partner in 2015. He assumed the role of president and principal in January 2022.

 

Prior to joining Kimball Hughes PR, he served as director of communications for a full-service marketing agency in New Jersey, and before that as public relations counsel for a top 10 international law firm. Public relations, however, is his second act. Previously, Rod spent nearly a decade as a journalist serving as editor and publisher of two successful, national legal trade magazines as well as the editor of several insurance litigation newsletters. He got his start as a reporter for a small Pennsylvania weekly newspaper before completing his journalism studies at Temple University.

 

Rod is a frequent public speaker at national conferences and regional forums on issues involving communications, leadership and reputation management. Prior to joining the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Board of Governors in 2019, he previously served on IICF’s Philadelphia Chapter Board of Directors.

 

In 2020, Kimball Hughes PR was named to PRNews Agency’s Elite Top 100, a list of the most innovative and strategic public relations firms in the nation. In 2021, the agency was named a MARCOM Gold Award winner by the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals and has been recognized previously by the Public Relations Society of America and the Insurance Marketing and Communications Association, among others.

 

Rod can be reached at rhughes@kimballpr.com.

Christopher Jones
Senior Vice President
The Hartford
Jodie Kaufman Davis
Executive Vice President, H.W. Kaufman Group and President, Burns & Wilcox Canada
H.W. Kaufman Group

Jodie Kaufman Davis is Senior Vice President and Board Member at H.W. Kaufman Group. A leader in developing and executing company strategy and management-driven initiatives, Jodie offers direction on best practices and expertise to expand business across the Kaufman network.

 

Jodie is the Managing Director

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for Burns & Wilcox Canada, a Kaufman company and sister organization to Burns & Wilcox. She leads operations for all six office locations, which has continued to experience consecutive growth under her leadership.

 

She serves on the Board of Directors for Atain Insurance Companies, a Kaufman company, where she closely works with leadership to develop growth opportunities.

 

Jodie is also responsible for RB Jones and is recognized for its business launch. In addition to oversight of the team, she is involved in developing its product portfolio as well as partnership and new business efforts.

 

Passionate about company culture, she is the executive sponsor for Kaufman’s Diversity Equity& Inclusion (DE&I) Committee, where she helps strategize and implement programming for its 2,000 associates.

 

In2020, Jodie was selected as an Insurance Business Global 100 and was a winner of Business Insurance’s Women to Watch Award in 2019.

 

Outside the workplace, she is the Diversity & Inclusion Officer of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) Motor City Chapter, a Director on the Insurance Supper Club (ISC) Group Global Advisory Board and serves on the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) International Board of Governors.

 

Prior to joining Kaufman, Jodie worked for law firm Dorsey & Whitney where she advised Canadian and U.S. companies on mergers & acquisitions, capital market financing and regulatory issues. Jodie earned a Juris Doctor degree(J.D.) from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

+ IICF Advisory Board
Sean Kevelighan
President & Chief Executive Officer
Insurance Information Institute

Sean Kevelighan joined the Insurance Information Institute as President and Chief Executive Officer in2016.  Previously, he was Group Head of Public Affairs for Zurich Insurance Group where he oversaw Government and Industry Affairs as well as Corporate Responsibility.  He joined Zurich in May 2013 as Head of Government and Industry Affairs for North America,

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with responsibility for driving the public policy agenda in the region. Prior to that, he worked at Citigroup, Inc., as Head of Strategic Communications for its Global Consumer Banking business, and for Zurich, as Head of Group Media Relations in North America.

He has served in various public sector posts in Washington, D.C. As apolitical appointee in the administration of President George W. Bush, he served first in the Department of Treasury as a spokesperson for economic issues, and eventually became Senior Advisor for the Office of Tax Policy. He was also the Press Secretary for the White House Office of Management and Budget. Additionally, he worked on Capitol Hill, serving on the staff of members of Congress; most notably as Legislative Director for Representative Bob Schaffer of Colorado.

Sean's private sector experience in Washington, D.C. included positions at public affairs firms such as Edelman and Hill & Knowlton. He advised numerous multinational and FORTUNE 100 corporate clients on policy issue management programs, corporate reputation campaigns and crisis communications. Sean is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. He and his wife Annik have three children. He is an avid enthusiast of exercise and outdoors, participating regularly in running events as well as the occasional triathlon.

+ Chair, IICF Midwest Division Board of Directors
Jeff Kroeger
Chief Commercial Officer
Insureon

Jeff Kroeger is Chief Commercial Officer for Insureon, the number one independent marketplace for online delivery of small business insurance. Jeff is responsible for Insureon’s sales, marketing and operational functions along with long-term strategy. Before his promotion to Chief Commercial Officer in June 2020,Jeff was Insureon's Executive Vice President of

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Strategy and Development.

Jeff has more than a decade of experience in the commercial insurance industry working for top insurance carriers, such as The Hartford and CNA Insurance. At The Hartford, Jeff held multiple roles, all with increasing responsibility. His final position, was serving as the Head of Strategic Partners and Programs, responsible for developing and supporting national insurance partners, identifying new ventures, and designing and launching a countrywide distribution strategy. 

 

Jeff sits on the board of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

+ Chair, IICF UK Division Board of Directors
Dawn Miller
Commercial Director
Lloyd's of London

From May 1st,2022, Dawn M. Miller holds the role of Commercial Director for Lloyds of London. She joins Lloyds from CHUBB, where she was Regional Executive Officer for CHUBB Central Region (Switzerland, MENA, Turkey) from April 2021 and Country President for CHUBB Switzerland, based in Zurich, since March 2020.Prior to this role, she was responsible for

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Middle Market, Small Commercial, Industry Practise and Distribution businesses of CHUBB Continental Europe.

 

Prior to joining CHUBB, she was President and CEO of AXA Insurance Company, in New York and held a variety of market-facing leadership roles at AIG in Europe, the Gulf region, and the United States, and spent several years in the Central/Eastern European energy sector as an Entrepreneur.

 

In 2018, Risk and Insurance and Re/Insurance have highlighted Dawn as an Insurance Executive to watch. Dawn also Chairs the Board of Trustees for Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation UK, sits on the Steering Committee for Maths4Girls as well as the Executive Council of International Insurance Society (IIS). She is a member of Chatham House, and a past judge for Endeavor.org entrepreneur selection panels as a passionate supporter of diversity in business leadership, enabling small business success and community sustainability.

Marc Orloff
President, Field Operations & Marketing, Global Risk Solutions North America
Liberty Mutual

Marc leads the distribution field organization, comprised of regional operations for retail and wholesale channels, private equity and construction practices, marketing, client engagement and distribution analytics. Marc oversees the delivery of GRS’s broad range of products to the market across all lines of business in North America.

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Prior to this, Marc was general manager and chief underwriting officer for risk management and middle market casualty lines in the Northeast region, overseeing underwriting, sales, and service. Marc was responsible for profitably growing that business by delivering best in class customer and broker experiences.

Marc joined Liberty Mutual in 2011 and has held key leadership positions in underwriting and distribution in North America. Before joining Liberty, Marc spent 10 years at Travelers Insurance in various roles across underwriting, distribution, finance and operations.

Marc graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance, and economics from the University of Hartford and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Boston University Questrom School of Business.

+ Chair, IICF Northeast Division Board of Directors
James Romanelli
SVP, Territory Officer - East, NYC Branch Manager
CNA

Jim serves as Senior Vice President, New York City Branch Manager. He is responsible for driving profitable growth by deepening relationships with agents and brokers, and developing and implementing local market strategies, action plans and operational tactics.

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Jim is a seasoned insurance executive with three decades of experience. He joined CNA in 2010 after more than 18 years with the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. He has served in various field operations and branch leadership roles across the country, notably Long Island, NY, and Milwaukee, WI.

Jim earned a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College. He serves as Chair of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s Northeast Division Board, is a member of the Long Island YMCA Board and is the Strategic Planning Committee Chair, and an associate trustee of the North Shore–Long Island Jewish Health System and sits on the Insurance Committee.

+ IICF Advisory Board; IICF IDEA Council; IICF Global Membership Founders Circle
Bill Ross
Chief Executive Officer
Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation

In September 2004, Bill joined the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation as Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the overall operation and strategic direction of the Foundation. Bill comes to the Foundation after a 31-year career with the Walt Disney Company, having worked in the Parks and Resorts division with assignments in Tokyo Disneyland

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and Disneyland Resort in Paris. He was a member of the executive team that managed the $2 billion expansion of the Disneyland Resort in Southern California. Bill has a broad background in marketing, communications, planning and development and external relations. He is a Chairman Emeritus of the Orange County Business Council.

He has served on numerous nonprofit boards throughout California such as the California Golden State Museum, Children’s Hospital Orange County and Cypress College Foundation. He is a strong advocate of education and completed his undergraduate and graduate degree at California State University Fullerton. In 1989 he was recognized as a distinguished alumnus. Prior to his business career he lectured at California State University, Fullerton for five years. 

Bruce Sassi
President and CEO
NEIL

Bruce Sassi joined NEIL in 2000.  Prior to being elected President and Chief Executive Officer, Bruce served as Vice President - Member Insurance.  Bruce was responsible for overseeing NEIL's four Member Insurance programs, three nuclear programs and our Member non-nuclear conventional coverage. Prior to this role, Bruce

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served as Director- Insurance and Underwriting, where he was responsible for the Member nuclear and non-nuclear programs, quantitative analyses efforts, coordinating the activities for a number of the IAC Task Forces, and led the development of NEIL's Builders' Risk Program.  During his tenure with NEIL, Bruce also spent six years in the Finance & Accounting Department as Financial Risk Manager, a role in which he was principally responsible for developing financial models to assess NEIL's capital adequacy, distribution methodology, and other finance and risk matters.

Prior to joining NEIL, Bruce worked for JP Morgan Services Inc. During his tenure with JP Morgan, Bruce held positions as a Business Analyst in the areas of Risk Management and Global Markets Application Delivery, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of a global back-office trade capture system. Bruce also held the position of Finance Officer at an internet start-up, Wingspan Bank, a subsidiary of First USA Bank.

Bruce received a Bachelor of Science in Finance with a concentration in the Finance Management Honors Program, and a Masters of Business Administration from Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, Delaware.  Bruce currently serves as a Director on the International Board of Governors of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation.

+ Past Chair, IICF Midwest Division
Kevin Smith
Senior Insurance Executive
+ Chair, IICF Western Division; IICF Global Membership Founders Circle
Kurt Stemmler
Senior Vice President and San Francisco Branch Manager
Chubb

Kurt Stemmler is Senior Vice President and Branch Manager of Chubb’s San Francisco, CA office – a position he has held since 2016. In this role, Kurt is responsible for driving growth and profit by working closely with Chubb’s agent and broker partners to deliver tailored product and service solutions to meet the insurance needs of

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clients throughout the region.

 

Kurt joined Chubb in 1987 as an underwriting trainee in the Boiler & Machinery department in Newport Beach, CA. Over the next 13 years, he held underwriting and leadership positions at branch, zone and home office levels in the Property, Machinery & Marine department. Kurt was named Marketing Manager of Chubb’s Newport Beach and San Diego offices in 2000, and became the San Diego Branch Manager in 2002. In 2005, Kurt became the branch manager for the Chubb office in Pleasanton, with responsibilities for northern California, with the exception of San Francisco.

 

Kurt is a graduate of San Diego State University with a B.S. in Business Administration, and earned his MBA from Chapman University in Orange, CA. He is the Vice Chairperson of the Nevada Insurance Guaranty Association, having served on the board for more than 12 years. Recently, Kurt became a Vice Chairperson on the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation, Western Region. Kurt also sits on the Advisory Board of a San Francisco-based nonprofit serving youth within the juvenile justice system, The Beat Within.

Randy Termeer
Property and Casualty Division President (Interim)| Chair International Limited and Société Anonyme
USAA
+ Past Chair, IICF Northeast Division
Peter Tucker
Executive Vice President
Chubb

Peter Tucker is currently the New York Region Executive Officer for Chubb. Born and raised in Pelham, NY, Peter began his Chubb career in 1983 as a Property & Marine Underwriter in New York City. He served Property & Marine in Chubb’s Midtown, Long Island, Boston and New Haven offices before assuming responsibilities as the

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Marketing Manager for the Long Island office. In 1994, Peter became the London and U.K. Region Marketing Manager and later European Zone Marketing Manager. In 1995, he moved to Hartford as Branch Manager. Three years later, Peter assumed responsibility for New York and Mid-Atlantic Zone Marketing and later became Manager of U.S. Field Operations for Marketing. In mid-1999, Peter became the Westchester and Upstate New York Regional Branch Manager, and in January of 2006 became the Branch Manager of Chubb’s New York City office. In January 2012, he became the Regional Manager for Chubb’s NYC/NJ Region.

Peter is the Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Northeast Division and currently serves on the Board of Governors of the National Foundation. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Canterbury School in Connecticut.

Peter and his wife, Sara, both attended Georgetown University and live in Westport, Connecticut.

+ IICF Advisory Board; Past Chair, IICF Int'l Board of Governors
John Patrick Vasturia
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Seabright Leaders

John is the Founder and CEO of Seabright Leaders, a future-focused executive coaching organization dedicated to joining forces with successful leaders who want to embrace a different approach for their development to achieve sustainable and measurably better outcomes. John is certified in Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder

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Centered Coaching and his expertise is working with leaders at all levels of the Property & Casualty insurance industry. Website: www.seabrightleaders.com.

He is known as a curious, versatile, and proven leader passionate about driving change, developing people, and achieving results. He spent most of his corporate career with the Munich Re Group where he served in a variety of influential positions including as a Member of the U.S. Property & Casualty Operations Executive Board headed by the U.S. CEO.  

John is an active member of the National Board of Governors of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) since 2013 and served as the Chair of the National Board of Governors for 2016 and 2017. He is a Founding Member of the Global Membership platform for the Foundation.

 

He also serves as an active Volunteer Mentor with the SCORE organization, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping entrepreneurs start or grow their small businesses.

John earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania where he was a member of two Ivy League football championship teams and co-captain of the baseball team. He lives with his family in Medford, NJ.

+ IICF Advisory Board; IICF IDEA Council; IICF Global Membership Founders Circle; Past Chair, IICF Northeast Division
Hank Watkins
Regional Director and President, Americas
Lloyd's

Hank is responsible for Lloyd’s market development activities in the US, Canada and Latin America. From offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Frankfort KY, New York, Montreal, Toronto, Bogota, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro, Lloyd’s is actively engaged in educational and marketing outreach to retail, wholesale and reinsurance intermediaries, risk

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managers, managing general agents, risk management programs at colleges & universities and other stakeholders in the Lloyd’s market.  

Hank has more than 35 years of experience in the insurance industry and has held a range of underwriting, client management and leadership positions in the United States and Europe at Chubb, Johnson & Higgins, Marsh and HRH.  

Hank received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley and has completed an executive leadership program at The Wharton School.  He’s a member of the Board of Overseers at St. John’s University’s School of Risk Management and is on the boards of the Insurance Information Institute and Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (NY/Northeast Division).

With more than 55% of Lloyd’s global premium in 2018, the Americas region is Lloyd’s largest market for insurance (E&S in the US) and reinsurance. In addition to market development, Lloyd’s colleagues in the Americas provide media relations and regulatory support to the managing agents / syndicates and operational oversight of the licensed platforms in Illinois, Kentucky, the USVI and our Lineage system in Montreal.

Paul Wheaton
Lead Client Service Partner, Financial Services Organization
EY

Paul Wheaton is a lead client service partner in Ernst & Young LLP’s Financial Services Organization. He has more than 25 years of experience serving financial services clients in issues ranging from business strategy through operational execution. In his current role, Paul works closely with client leadership and EY engagement teams to support

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service delivery at all levels, helping to develop strategies, strengthen relationships, and deliver high quality engagements. Paul lives in Chicago with his wife Shari and their corgi Hazel.

 

Paul sits on the IICF Board of Governors, serving as the chair of the Finance Committee and the Audit Committee. He is a graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Engineering as well as the University of Michigan – Stephen M. Ross Graduate School of Business.

 

IICF Co-Founder; IICF Advisory Board; IICF Global Membership Founders Circle
Jim Woods
Founder
Woods Group Solutions

California and New York attorney James R. Woods is a nationally recognized insurance authority and founder of Woods Group Solutions, a network of insurance professionals, providing legal and consulting solutions to the insurance industry covering Insurance Law; Insurance Regulation, Corporate, Tax, Accounting and Actuarial Analysis; Investment Banking;

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Insurance Litigation; Cyber Security and Privacy Compliance (including GDPR)and Insurtech.

Mr. Woods is also a co-founder of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF).

Sophia Yen
Senior Partner/Principal, Insurance Strategy & Innovation Leader
EY

Sophia Yen is a Senior Partner/Principal and is the Insurance Strategy & Innovation Leader in EY’s Insurance Advisory practice, focused on working with clients to drive profitable growth through target operating models, strategic ventures, market trends & insights, innovation, and digitization and emerging technologies.  She also serves on the Americas

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Insurance Leadership team as well as the extended Global Insurance Leadership team.

Sophia has over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry with deep experience in reinsurance, insurance, banking, disruptive technologies and digital transformations. She has led global initiatives focusing on growth, M&A integrations and separations, integrated business and financial strategy planning, and streamlining target operating models.

Sophia has a unique combination of industry and consulting experiences as she started in consulting and then spent half of her career in the insurance and banking industry before turning to consulting.  Some of her notable accomplishments included driving the transformation at UBS Investment Bank where she achieved more than 30 million in cost savings. Prior to UBS, she was at Swiss Re and held several senior leadership roles, including running their Americas Client Solutions team, SVP of Financial Services Origination, Chief of Staff to the CEO and COO and Head of Operations and Reporting, where she was responsible for the strategic financial planning, reporting, and operations of a $2.5+ billion portfolio and was a member of the Americas Executive Committee.  

She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Science (dual major: Finance & Computer Science) from Boston College and graduated both with high honors and achieved numerous awards including outstanding academic achievement and excellence in service awards. She is a sought-after speaker at industry conferences throughout the Americas, EMEA, and Asia on such topics as strategic transformation, digital transformation, enabling innovation, culture change, and diversity & inclusion.  

IICF International Advisory Board

The IICF International Advisory Board provides industry feedback on foundation plans, initiatives and strategies, ensuring that IICF programs and events bring value to the industry and community, and help to maintain the highest standards of performance and quality of IICF programming.  The Advisory Board may make recommendation to the Board of Governors at certain times. The IICF Advisory Board comprises members of carriers, brokers, and associations representing the P&C Life/Health/Wealth Management segments of the industry, along with other businesses that support the insurance industry.

+ IICF Int'l Board of Governors
Sean Kevelighan
President & Chief Executive Officer
Insurance Information Institute

Sean Kevelighan joined the Insurance Information Institute as President and Chief Executive Officer in2016.  Previously, he was Group Head of Public Affairs for Zurich Insurance Group where he oversaw Government and Industry Affairs as well as Corporate Responsibility.  He joined Zurich in May 2013 as Head of Government and Industry Affairs for North America,

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with responsibility for driving the public policy agenda in the region. Prior to that, he worked at Citigroup, Inc., as Head of Strategic Communications for its Global Consumer Banking business, and for Zurich, as Head of Group Media Relations in North America.

He has served in various public sector posts in Washington, D.C. As apolitical appointee in the administration of President George W. Bush, he served first in the Department of Treasury as a spokesperson for economic issues, and eventually became Senior Advisor for the Office of Tax Policy. He was also the Press Secretary for the White House Office of Management and Budget. Additionally, he worked on Capitol Hill, serving on the staff of members of Congress; most notably as Legislative Director for Representative Bob Schaffer of Colorado.

Sean's private sector experience in Washington, D.C. included positions at public affairs firms such as Edelman and Hill & Knowlton. He advised numerous multinational and FORTUNE 100 corporate clients on policy issue management programs, corporate reputation campaigns and crisis communications. Sean is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. He and his wife Annik have three children. He is an avid enthusiast of exercise and outdoors, participating regularly in running events as well as the occasional triathlon.

+ IICF Int'l Board of Governors; IICF IDEA Council; IICF Global Membership Founders Circle
Bill Ross
Chief Executive Officer
Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation

In September 2004, Bill joined the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation as Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the overall operation and strategic direction of the Foundation. Bill comes to the Foundation after a 31-year career with the Walt Disney Company, having worked in the Parks and Resorts division with assignments in Tokyo Disneyland

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and Disneyland Resort in Paris. He was a member of the executive team that managed the $2 billion expansion of the Disneyland Resort in Southern California. Bill has a broad background in marketing, communications, planning and development and external relations. He is a Chairman Emeritus of the Orange County Business Council.

He has served on numerous nonprofit boards throughout California such as the California Golden State Museum, Children’s Hospital Orange County and Cypress College Foundation. He is a strong advocate of education and completed his undergraduate and graduate degree at California State University Fullerton. In 1989 he was recognized as a distinguished alumnus. Prior to his business career he lectured at California State University, Fullerton for five years. 

IICF Co-Founder; IICF Int'l Board of Governors; IICF Global Membership Founders Circle
Jim Woods
Founder
Woods Group Solutions

California and New York attorney James R. Woods is a nationally recognized insurance authority and founder of Woods Group Solutions, a network of insurance professionals, providing legal and consulting solutions to the insurance industry covering Insurance Law; Insurance Regulation, Corporate, Tax, Accounting and Actuarial Analysis; Investment Banking;

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Insurance Litigation; Cyber Security and Privacy Compliance (including GDPR)and Insurtech.

Mr. Woods is also a co-founder of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF).