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Russ Johnston
Russell Johnston
Chief Executive Officer

Kris Hill
Kris L. Hill
President, Alternative Markets

Daniel Franzetti
Daniel Franzetti
Chief Operating Officer

John Beckman
John Beckman
Chief Underwriting Officer
John Langione
John Langione
Chief Risk Officer
Mark Cantin
Mark Cantin
President, Field
Operations

Jim Korin 
Jim Korin
President, NAU Country
Insurance Co.

chris mcgrath
Chris McGrath
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 Hill

Kris L. Hill
President, Alternative Markets

Kris L. Hill is President of QBE North America’s Alternative Markets business and a member of the North America (NA) Executive Committee. 

Alternative Markets (AM), the largest of QBE North America’s business groups, includes QBE’s Program business, the Affiliated Agent Personal Lines Business, and its wholly owned Westwood Insurance Agency subsidiary. Kris is responsible for driving all strategy and growth around the AM business group.

Kris joined QBE in 2017 as Chief Financial Officer of QBE’s North American Operations. An over 25-year veteran to the insurance industry, Kris is an accomplished leader who brings strong financial acumen, a global perspective and a unique ability to deliver to this role. 

Prior to QBE, Kris served in a customer-facing role 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 earned 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.


Daniel Franzetti

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

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

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.


Mark Cantin

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.


Jim Korin

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.


chris mcgrath

Chris McGrath
Interim Chief Financial Officer, North American Operations

Chris McGrath was appointed QBE North America’s interim Chief Financial Officer in June 2019. In this role, Chris leads the company’s North American Finance organization, including business segment actuarial and financial teams, and the accounting management and tax functions.

With nearly 25 years of industry experience, Chris is a seasoned leader with the right balance of both business and financial acumen, developed through his unique and diverse experiences.

Chris joined QBE in 2016 as Vice President and Business Unit Chief Financial Officer for both Specialty Lines and Assumed Reinsurance. He later served as Senior Vice President and Head of Financial Planning & Analysis.  

Prior to joining QBE, Chris spent nearly seven years at AIG in a variety of leadership roles as Director of Finance for Multinational and Commercial Claims/Operations. He also served as Global CFO for AIG’s Specialty business. 

Before that, Chris spent over six years with Aon serving in various leadership roles of increasing responsibility as well as over seven years in public accounting with Arthur Andersen and Deloitte & Touche.  

Chris earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Seton Hall University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in New Jersey and New York and has successfully passed the FINRA Series 7 and 63 exams required to be a General Securities Registered Representative.