Director John M. Huff, a native of Potosi, MO, was appointed director of the Missouri Department of Insurance (DOI), Financial Institutions and Professional Registration by Gov. Jay Nixon on Feb. 6, 2009. An attorney, he leads the department that protects consumers through the regulation of professionals and businesses that affect Missourians’ lives daily.
Huff was elected by his peers to serve as the 2016 president of the NAIC, the national insurance standard-setting organization for the U.S.
In September 2010, he was appointed to the U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) by the NAIC. Director Huff served two terms on the council and was the initial state insurance regulator appointed. The council was created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank).
Before entering public service, he spent 11 years as an executive with leading insurers and reinsurers, including Swiss Re and GE Insurance Solutions. Huff earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southeast Missouri State University. He earned an MBA at Saint Louis University, and his Juris Doctor degree from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.
Anne Melissa Dowling, CFA, was appointed the Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance (IDOI) by Governor Bruce Rauner on July 1, 2015. She served in leadership positions for state insurance departments in Connecticut and now, Illinois, after 25 years in the private sector.
At the NAIC, Director Dowling is an involved member of the Government Relations Leadership Council, the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Commission, International Insurance Relations Leadership Group,, the Cybersecurity Executive Task Force, Vice Chair of the C (Property Casualty) Committee, the Chair of the C Committee’s Travel Insurance Working Group, and the Chair of the E Committee’s Infrastructure Investments Working Group. She is a member of the Midwest Inter-Agency Steering Committee. She is honored by the privilege of contributing to the growth and innovation underway in the insurance industry in the State of Illinois and nationally.
In July 2014, Insurance Business America magazine named her one of the “50 Elite Women in Insurance,” highlighting her commitment to consumer protection and regulatory innovation.
Prior to her regulatory work, Director Dowling was a senior vice president at MassMutual where she built the institutional insurance business to more than $12 billion in annual revenue and created an award-winning Women's Markets Initiative which contributed to an increased number of female sales agents and sales materials and approaches geared toward women. She served as Chief Investment Officer at Connecticut Mutual and held positions in investments and treasury functions at Aetna Life & Casualty and Travelers Insurance.
Director Dowling earned her bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, an MBA in finance from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University, and holds the CFA Institute’s Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Birny Birnbaum serves as economist and director of the Center for Economic Justice, a U.S.-based non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of consumers on insurance, credit and utility matters. CEJ's focus is to ensure fair access and fair treatment of consumers seeking and using essential services with particular emphasis on issues facing low-income and minority consumers. For 25 years, Birny has worked to achieve these goals.
Birny is a former insurance regulator, having served as Chief Economist and Associate Commissioner for Policy and Research at the Texas Department of Insurance. In that role, Birny performed analyses of competition in insurance market, developed a data collection program for market surveillance, created a methodology for identifying underserved markets, reviewed and approved rates and risk classification in several lines of insurance and provided technical advice and analysis on a variety of issue. Prior to serving at the TDI, Birny served as Chief Economist at the Texas Office of Public Insurance Counsel and provided expert witness testimony in hearings on auto, property, title and consumer credit insurance as well as performing the first insurance redlining studies in Texas.
Since leaving TDI, Birny has authored numerous reports and testimonies on a wide variety of insurance lines and topics for CEJ and other consumer organizations and public agencies. He is a frequent speaker before state and federal regulatory agencies, state legislatures, Congress and insurance organizations. He has served as a designated consumer representative at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners for many years. Birny is a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance and serves as chair of the Affordability and Accessibility subcommittee.
Birny was educated at Bowdoin College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Kelsey Brunette is an Ideation Analyst at Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.’s (Munich Re) Incubator, a strategic business unit within New Strategic Markets. Her main responsibilities are vetting and analysis of new products and services, project management and coordination for Innovation Domains.
Kelsey is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business and Michigan State’s College of Law. She also spent time at the Michigan Department of Insurance, Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance, Ford Motor Company and GMAC. Speaking engagements include the Emerging Regulatory Issues and International Issues in addition to authoring, Insure the future so it doesn't drive away without you, THE REGULATOR, August 2015.
Donna Peeples is chief customer officer at Pypestream, which enables companies to deliver exceptional customer service using real-time mobile chatbot technology. She was previously chief customer experience officer at AIG.
She is an accomplished senior executive with extensive P&L responsibility and verifiable results in a variety of industries and global markets. Peeples is a versatile strategist who combines her keen market sense and strong orientation in top-line growth and negotiations with her experience, entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen to transform innovative ideas into profits. A master communicator, Peeples works to define business objectives and articulate the corporate vision in a way that inspires imagination and compels action throughout the organization. Whether managing cost, influencing the top line or creating vibrant and productive partnerships, her focus is on blending business strategy with creativity – touching the heart and moving the mind. The result is: true paradigm shifts, sustainable change and the achievement of overall business objectives.
What sets Peeples apart is that she has charted her path by rising through a variety of leadership, operational and revenue-generating roles in highly regulated and uniquely challenging industries. Time and again, in financial services, energy as well as original equipment manufacturing, she has introduced category-changing thinking while guiding purposeful and adaptable practices with positive results for customers and profitable returns for her companies.
Kate is the woman behind insuring the Sharing Economy. After decades of experience in the insurance industry, she’s now crafting Lyft’s strategic risk management vision as their VP of Risk Solutions.
For as long as Lyft has redefined transportation, Kate has developed insurance to match it. She’s created personal and commercial automobile insurance solutions for the ride-sharing industry and helped the company pass insurance regulations nationwide.
Before the sharing economy’s heyday, Kate was a leader at Marsh, serving as Office Head in San Francisco and San Jose, and Growth Leader for the Pacific North Partnership. Marsh offices throughout the Western US worked with Kate to coordinate their growth efforts across all product lines. She also previously spent eight years in the Private Equity & M&A (PEMA), leading the West Zone FINPRO practice, specializing in due diligence and specialty insurance solutions for mergers and acquisitions.
A frequent speaker and thought leader, Kate is recognized as an industry expect in transactional risk insurance, sharing economy and on-demand products, and private equity financial professional products and services.
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