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Russ Johnston
Russell Johnston
Chief Executive Officer


Kris L. Hill
Chief Financial Officer, North American Operations


Shruti Patel
Chief Human
Resources Officer



Daniel Franzetti
Chief Operating Officer


John Beckman
Chief Underwriting Officer


John Langione
Chief Risk Officer


José Ramón González
Chief Legal Officer


Mark Cantin
President, Field
Operations



Jeff Grange
President,
Specialty and Commercial Insurance, QBE North America


Jim Korin
President, NAU Country
Insurance Co.

 



 

 


Russ Johnston

Russell Johnston
Chief Executive Officer, North American Operations

Russell Johnston is the Chief Executive Officer of QBE North America, a $4.6 billion insurer that is a part of QBE, one of the largest global carriers. Since his arrival in 2016, he has been intensely focused on building QBE’s position in the market around its distinctive value as an Integrated Specialist Insurer.

For more than 30 years, Russ served in a wide range of leadership roles in the industry. Prior to joining QBE, Russ was the President of AIG Casualty in the Americas, with responsibility for all U.S., Canada, Bermuda, and London-based U.S. Casualty underwriters (2011-2015). From 2012 to 2015 Russ was also on the board of Directors of the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), the foremost authority on workers compensation in the US and was a board member of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation. Russ is also currently the Board President for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Monmouth County, an organization focused on helping high risk youth.

Russ received his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Syracuse University and started in the industry as an underwriter at Chubb. He is married with four children and is a long-suffering NY Jets fan.


Kris L. Hill
Chief Financial Officer, North American Operations

Kris L. Hill was appointed Chief Financial Officer of QBE’s North American Operations in January 2017. Kris is an accomplished leader who brings strong financial acumen and a global perspective to this key role.

With more than 25 years serving in insurance operations and financial leadership positions, Kris most recently served as Executive Vice President, Field Operations, at Liberty Mutual, Surety, after having served for nearly four years as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Liberty Mutual, Surety, and three years as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer at Liberty Mutual Safeco Insurance. She previously held several positions of increasing responsibility in accounting, finance and operations at Safeco Corporation, Northstar Communications, and Aetna Life & Casualty.

Kris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Connecticut School of Business. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and began her career as an Audit Supervisor at Grant Thornton.


Shruti Patel
Chief Human Resources Officer

Shruti Patel joined QBE in 2016 as Chief Human Resources Officer. With over 20 years of HR experience, Shruti’s extensive HR background enables her to lead all North American HR activities including driving our people strategy and partnering with the NA leadership team to deliver on divisional priorities and initiatives.

Shruti joined QBE from AIG, where she held the position of Vice President, Human Resources, first partnering with select Commercial businesses and subsequently with the global Consumer businesses to create and implement the business human capital plan. Prior to AIG, she held a variety of HR leadership roles at American Express, Pharmacia, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley.

Shruti holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Sociology from the University of Houston.


Daniel Franzetti
Chief Operating Officer

Daniel Franzetti is the Chief Operating Officer for QBE North America. In this role, he serves as Head of Claims, Technology and Operations and oversees communications and branding, with the goal of strengthening QBE’s customer-centered approach as an Integrated Specialist Insurer. Dan joined QBE in February 2016 as Chief Claims Officer and was appointed Chief Operating Officer in January 2018.

With a career spanning more than 30 years in insurance, Dan has a proven track record in a variety of leadership roles in the U.S. and abroad. Before joining QBE, he served as Chief Claims Officer for Zurich Australia Insurance Limited. He also previously led Zurich's Claims Technical Shared Services in North America as a Senior Vice President.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colgate University, a Masters of Business Administration degree from Rutgers University-Newark, and a Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School.


John Beckman
Chief Underwriting Officer

John Beckman is QBE North America's Chief Underwriting Officer. He leads the company's efforts to enhance existing underwriting practices and processes, including product development, technical leadership and risk appetites. John also serves as chair of the North America Underwriting Committee.

With more than 25 years of broad industry leadership experience, John joined QBE in 2017 from CNA Insurance where he served in a variety of leadership positions including Chief Underwriting Officer of their Commercial Insurance business. As SVP, Chief Transformation Officer, he developed and implemented new predictive pricing tools and replaced legacy underwriting and policy administration systems. John also served in a number of underwriting, risk, reinsurance and actuarial management positions with CNA Insurance and Carvill Reinsurance Intermediaries.

John holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society.

 


John Langione
Chief Risk Officer

John Langione joined QBE in 2010 and was named Chief Risk Officer in 2012. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, Internal Audit. John has nearly 30 years of experience in insurance, finance and risk roles.

Prior to joining QBE, John was the Deputy Comptroller, Financial Controls with AIG International and the Senior Vice President, Financial Controls at ACE Insurance. He has served as a partner in Ernst & Young’s Advisory Services Group providing risk, controls and internal audit support for various financial services organizations. He also held positions with State Farm Insurance, Prudential Insurance and the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Division of Criminal Justice.

John received his MBA in Professional Accounting from Rutgers Graduate School of Business.


José Ramón González
Chief Legal Officer

José Ramón González joined QBE North America as Chief Legal Officer in April 2014. In this role, José has overall responsibility for legal, compliance, corporate governance and regulatory affairs for the US.

Prior to joining QBE, José was General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Torus, a Bermuda-based commercial insurance organization, where he had global responsibility over the legal and compliance function, as well as oversight over claims and internal audit. He also held senior positions with AIG, including Deputy General Counsel, and he represented AIG worldwide as part of the Mergers and Acquisitions Group. He began practicing law in 1995 as a corporate associate at the law firm of Weil, Gotshal and Manges.

José holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania; a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University's School of Law; and a Master's degree in European Union Law from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.


Mark Cantin
President, Field Operations

Mark Cantin is QBE North America’s President, Field Operations. He leads all sales and marketing activities including producer relationships, distribution strategies and brand management, as well as the management of the supporting field organization. Mark also serves as chair of the QBE Foundation.

With over 25 years in the property casualty insurance industry, Mark joined QBE in 2015 from USI Insurance Services – one of the largest and fastest growing multi-line insurance brokerage firms in the U.S. There, he served as SVP, Chief Marketing Officer and SVP, Sales & Corporate Strategy and was responsible for enterprise-wide carrier strategies. Mark spent almost 20 years earlier in his career at Liberty Mutual, where he progressed from the claims department to several executive management positions.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Connecticut.


Jeff Grange
President, Specialty and Commercial Insurance

Jeff Grange is the President of QBE North America’s Specialty and Commercial Insurance business. Specialty and Commercial Insurance includes all property, casualty and specialty product lines underwritten by QBE in the retail and wholesale channels. In addition, Jeff provides oversight to the Trade Credit & Surety business worldwide. Jeff is a member of the QBE North America Executive Committee and is a member of QBE’s Group Underwriting Committee.

Jeff is on the North American Board of Advisors for Catalyst, a global nonprofit working to help build workplaces that work for women. Jeff is a Senior Advisor for Diversity and Inclusion at Cornerstone Capital Group, Cornerstone Capital is a SEC Registered Investment Adviser and WBENC certified women-owned business that catalyzes the flow of capital to optimize investment performance together with social impact through rigorous research that systematically integrates Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors in portfolio design. Jeff participates on the Cornerstone Gender Lens Investing Advisory Council. Jeff also sits on the Advisory Board of Risk Consulting Partners - an insurance broker based in Dallas, Texas.

Jeff is a highly accomplished insurance executive with over 28 years of industry experience. Prior to joining QBE in 2013, Jeff was the Chairman of the Group Underwriting Committee and Global Practice Leader for Management & Professional Liability at Torus Insurance. He also spent over 20 years with the Chubb Group, where he held various global senior management roles.

Jeff earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from McGill University in Montreal.


Jim Korin
President, NAU Country Insurance Co.

Jim Korin is the President of QBE NAU. His background includes 22 years as a CPA/Consultant to various privately owned and regulated businesses. His involvement with crop insurance and QBE NAU dates back 30 years to 1983.

A career in public accounting culminated with Jim becoming Chairman of the Board and Senior Partner with Carlson Advisors, LLC, a regional CPA Firm. Jim then joined QBE NAU as an employee in 2005 where he assisted in the Company’s transformation from $200mm to a company writing nearly $2 billion in premium. As President, Jim keeps a minute-by-minute pulse on the operations and financial success of the Company.

As a member of the NCIS Executive Committee and the Board of Directors, Jim is a significant voice for the industry. He has currently been working with the industry to educate politicians and other key stakeholders regarding industry, operational and financial matters.