Henry B. Smith
Henry B. Smith has served as a director since May 2004 and as Chair since September 2020. Mr. Smith served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of W.P. Stewart & Co., Ltd. from May 2005 to March 2006. Mr. Smith is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Bank of Bermuda Limited, a position he held from March 1997 until March 2004. He joined the Bank of Bermuda in 1973 as a management trainee and held various senior positions within the Bank of Bermuda, including Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Executive Vice President, Europe and Senior Vice President and General Manager, Retail Banking.
Albert A. Benchimol
President and CEO
Albert A. Benchimol was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of AXIS Capital Holdings Limited in May 2012 and has served as director since January 2012. Mr. Benchimol joined the Company as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in January 2011. He formerly served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of PartnerRe Ltd. from April 2000 through September 2010, and Chief Executive Officer of PartnerRe Ltd.'s Capital Markets Group business unit from June 2007 through September 2010. Prior to joining PartnerRe, Mr. Benchimol was Senior Vice President and Treasurer at Reliance Group Holdings, Inc. for 11 years and was previously with the Bank of Montreal from 1982 to 1989. He sits on the Insurance Development Forum Steering Committee and is an officer of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers (ABIR). Mr. Benchimol has served in a leadership role in a number of additional industry organizations, including ABIR (Chair, 2019 - 2020 and Vice-Chair, 2017-2018), the Council of Lloyd's (External Member, 2019 - 2020), and the St. John’s University Maurice R. Greenberg School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science (Board of Overseers, 2017-2022).
W. Marston Becker
W. Marston Becker joined our Board in June 2020. Mr. Becker has over 35 years of insurance industry experience. From 2014 until April 2020, Mr. Becker served as Chairman of QBE Insurance Group. From 2006 to 2013, he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Alterra Capital Holdings Limited, serving as a director from 2004 to 2013. He also served on the board of Selective Insurance Group, Inc. from 2006 until 2011. From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Becker was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Trenwick Group, Ltd. From 2002 until 2008, Mr. Becker was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the run-off for LaSalle Re Holdings Limited. He was non-executive Chairman of Hales & Company, a boutique insurance industry investment bank and private equity investor specializing in the insurance brokerage industry, from 2001 to 2004. Mr. Becker also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orion Capital Corporation from 1996 to 2000 and was President and Chief Executive Officer of McDonough Caperton Insurance Group, Inc. from 1987 to 1994, previously serving in other executive positions since 1978. He currently serves as a director of Encova Mutual Insurance Company, Amynta Group and the Mountain Companies and Chairman of MVB Financial Corp. He is an advisory board member of the American Securities Fund, Cohesive Capital and Madison Dearborn Partners. Mr. Becker is a certified public accountant and an admitted attorney in West Virginia. He holds both a BS and JD from the West Virginia University.
Charles A. Davis
Charles A. Davis has served as a director since our inception. Since June 2005, Mr. Davis has been a member and the Chief Executive Officer of Stone Point Capital LLC (“Stone Point”). From 1998 until May 2005, he was with MMC Capital, Inc., a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., serving as the Chief Executive Officer from 1999 to 2005 and Chairman from 2002 to 2005. He also served as a Vice Chairman of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. from 1999 to November 2004. Prior to joining MMC Capital in 1998, Mr. Davis spent 23 years at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where, among other positions, he served as head of Investment Banking Services worldwide, head of the Financial Services Industry Group, a General Partner, a Senior Director and a Limited Partner. Mr. Davis previously served as a director of The Hershey Company from 2007 to May 2021. He is currently on the Board of The Progressive Corporation.
Anne Melissa Dowling
Anne Melissa Dowling joined our Board in January 2020. She previously served as Director of Insurance for the State of Illinois from 2015 to 2017 and as Deputy (and Acting) Commissioner of Insurance for the State of Connecticut from 2011 to 2015. Ms. Dowling previously held executive management roles in the areas of investments, treasury, strategic planning, marketing and governance at Massachusetts Mutual Financial Group, Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company, Travelers Insurance Company and at Aetna Life & Casualty where she began her career in 1982. She currently serves on the boards of Prosperity Group Holdings, Keystone Agency Advisors and Insurance Capital Group and as a senior advisory board member for Bain Capital Insurance. She is a former director of Spectranetics Corporation (SPNC) and a former advisory board member of Carpe Data. Ms. Dowling received an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.A. from Amherst College. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Elanor R. Hardwick
Elanor R. Hardwick has served as a director since November 2018. From 2018 to June 2020, Ms. Hardwick served as Chief Digital Officer of UBS, leading the bank's innovation and digitization activities across all business lines and functions globally. From 2016 to 2018, Ms. Hardwick served as Head of Innovation of Deutsche Bank. Previously, she was Chief Executive Officer of Credit Benchmark Ltd., a FinTech start-up and provider of credit risk data, leading the company from its foundation in 2012. Prior to that, Ms. Hardwick held a succession of senior leadership positions at Thomson Reuters, including Global Head of Strategy, Investment and Advisory; Global Head of Professional Publishing; and Head of Strategy for Europe and Asia. Ms. Hardwick has also worked at Morgan Stanley International, Booz-Allen & Hamilton and the United Kingdom's Department of Trade and Industry. Since July 2020, Ms. Hardwick has served as a director of Alpha Bank and since April 2022, has served as a member of the supervisory counsel of Luminor Holding AS. She currently serves as an External Member of the Audit Committee of the University of Cambridge. Ms. Hardwick earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an M.A. from the University of Cambridge.
Mr. Millegan joined our Board in April 2021 and is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Millegan Advisory Group-3 LLC, a strategic advisory firm for early-stage companies. Formerly with Verizon, Mr. Millegan held various executive leadership and management roles at Verizon over the course of his 33-year tenure in the areas of digital technology and platforms, cybersecurity, supply chain management, sales, marketing and operations including serving as President of Verizon Global Wholesale Group, Area President of Verizon Midwest Region and Senior Vice President of Verizon Enterprise Operations. He currently serves as a director on the Boards of Portland General Electric Company and Wireless Telecom Group, Inc. and previously served as a director of CoreSite Realty Corporation from February 2021 until December 2021. Mr. Millegan holds a B.A. from Angelo State University and M.B.A. from Angelo State University.
Thomas C. Ramey
Thomas C. Ramey was elected as a director in July 2009. Mr. Ramey was Chairman and President of Liberty International, a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Mutual Group, from 1997 to 2009. He also served as Executive Vice President of Liberty Mutual Group from 1995 through 2009. Prior to joining Liberty, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of American International Healthcare, a subsidiary of AIG, and founder and President of an international healthcare trading company. He is currently a trustee of the Brookings Institution. Mr. Ramey was formerly a Director of The Warranty Group, the International Insurance Society, the Coalition of Services Industries and Chairman of the International Fund for Animal Welfare. He was also formerly a member of the Chongqing, China Mayor's International Advisory Council.
Dr. Theis joined our Board in April 2021. Formerly with Allianze SE, Dr. Theis held various management roles during his 33-year career with Allianz SE leading (re)insurance and asset management businesses of significant scale across the European and global markets. He served as a member of the Allianz Board of Management from 2015 to 2020; Chief Executive Officer of Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE from 2006 to 2014; and Chief Executive Officer of Allianz Global Risks Ruckversicherungs from 2004 to 2006. He also served on Allianz’s U.K. subsidiary board as Chairman from 2015 to 2018, as a member of the U.S. and Irish subsidiaries of Allianz from 2015 to 2018 and as Chairman of Allianz’ French credit insurance company, Euler Hermes, from 2015 to 2019. Dr. Thies holds a Ph.D. from the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen.
Barbara A. Yastine
Barbara A. Yastine has served as a director since July 2018. Ms. Yastine previously served as Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ally Bank from March 2012 to September 2015, and as Chief Administrative Officer of Ally Financial, overseeing the risk, compliance, legal and technology areas, and Chair of Ally Bank, from May 2010 to March 2012. Prior to joining Ally Financial, she served as a Principal of Southgate Alternative Investments, a start-up diversified alternative asset manager, beginning in June 2007. She served as Chief Financial Officer for investment bank Credit Suisse First Boston from October 2002 to August 2004. From 1987 through 2002, Ms. Yastine worked at Citigroup and its predecessor companies. Ms. Yastine also served as a director and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Lebenthal Holdings, LLC from September 2015 to June 2016. Ms. Yastine currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Primerica Inc., Zions Bancorporation, Alkami Technology Inc. and is a former director of First Data Corporation. She received a B.A. in Journalism and an M.B.A. from New York University.
Lizabeth H. Zlatkus
Lizabeth H. Zlatkus was appointed as a director in March 2019. Until her retirement from The Hartford Financial Services Group, Ms. Zlatkus held many senior leadership positions during her tenure from 1983 to 2011 including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Risk Officer of the firm and Co-President of Hartford Life Insurance Companies. She also served as Executive Vice President of two of The Hartford's largest divisions, the international operations and the group life and disability divisions. Ms. Zlatkus currently serves as a director on the board of Pathward Financial, Inc. (formerly known as Meta Financial Group, Inc.). She is also Chair of The Connecticut Science Center Trustee Board, serving on its executive committee since 2012. Additionally, Ms. Zlatkus was formerly a director of Boston Private Financial Holdings, Inc., Legal & General Group, Plc, Computer Sciences Corporation, Indivior, PLC and Zinnia (formerly known as SE2). She also previously served as Regulatory Chair for the North American Chief Risk Officers Council, as a member on the Hewlett Packard Financial Services Board of Advisors, as a member of the LOMA Board of Directors, as Trustee of the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame, and as a member of the Pennsylvania State University Business School Board, where she served as Chair from 2012 – 2015.