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The Hartford Announces Leadership Changes

November 29, 2023
  • A. Morris “Mo” Tooker named head of Commercial Lines
  • Melinda Thompson named head of Personal Lines
  • Don Hunt named general counsel
  • Chris Jones named head of Small Commercial; Tracey Ant named head of Middle & Large Commercial

The Hartford announced key leadership appointments that will take effect in 2024. Tooker was named head of Commercial Lines. In this new role, he will lead Small Commercial in addition to retaining his oversight of Middle & Large Commercial, Global Specialty and Enterprise Sales & Distribution. Thompson, currently chief operating officer for Personal Lines, will become head of Personal Lines. Stephanie Bush, presently head of Small Commercial and Personal Lines, will retire after more than three decades with the company.

A. Morris "Mo" Tooker (Photo: Business Wire)

A. Morris "Mo" Tooker (Photo: Business Wire)

Hunt, currently The Hartford’s deputy general counsel and corporate secretary, was named general counsel and head of Law, Compliance & Government Affairs. He will succeed David Robinson, who will retire after 17 years at the company. Tooker will continue to report to Chairman and CEO Christopher Swift and, once they assume their new roles, Thompson and Hunt also will report to Swift.

“These new appointments validate our strategic approach to succession planning and executive development and showcase the company’s outstanding pipeline of talent,” said Swift. “As we look to the future, I am energized by the opportunities that lie ahead for The Hartford. I have tremendous confidence in the strategic focus, ability to execute and leadership of Mo, Melinda, Don and our entire management team as we continue to expand our strong market position and deliver value to shareholders.”

Additional leadership changes include:

  • Jones, currently chief operating officer for Small Commercial, named head of Small Commercial reporting to Tooker; and
  • Ant, currently head of Middle & Large Commercial Business Units, named head of Middle & Large Commercial reporting to Tooker.

All appointments are effective March 1 except for Ant’s, which takes effect Jan. 2.

Tooker joined The Hartford in 2015 as chief underwriting officer and later became head of Middle Market. He played a critical role in the successful integration of the Navigators acquisition and drove product innovation and underwriting excellence across Middle & Large Commercial and Global Specialty. Prior to joining The Hartford, Tooker served as president of General Reinsurance Corporation and was responsible for the company’s global property and casualty reinsurance business.

Thompson joined The Hartford in 1998 as a commercial lines underwriter and held positions of increasing responsibility in the field before taking on leadership accountability for Enterprise Sales & Distribution. In her current role, she has overseen the country-wide rollout of the company’s new Prevail personal auto and homeowner’s products, which feature market-leading digital capabilities and a cloud-based policy administration system.

Hunt joined The Hartford in 2007 and held roles of increasing responsibility over the last 16 years, leading legal teams responsible for securities and corporate governance, M&A, investments, employment and employee benefits, intellectual property and privacy. During his tenure, he has advised The Hartford’s Board of Directors and management team on a wide variety of critical matters, including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions and disclosure issues. Prior to The Hartford, Hunt was a senior attorney for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Swift said, “I want to congratulate Stephanie and David on their retirements and celebrate their extraordinary careers at The Hartford. Stephanie has been an exceptional leader and her countless contributions to the company’s success include establishing The Hartford as an undisputed leader in small business insurance serving 1.5 million small business customers. David was instrumental in helping the company through a series of strategic divestitures and acquisitions, as well as guiding the firm through a number of significant governance, litigation and public policy matters. His strong drive, character, commitment to integrity and civic engagement positively influenced the company's reputation.”

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