April 3, 2020 – Major global organizations in all sectors are seeking a record number of insurance leaders with the combination of both digital and industry or “domain” experience, report executive recruiters familiar with the space. Companies looking for these C-suite executives require both insurance expertise and high levels of “digital proficiency,” they say – a combination that is scarce in the insurance market and beyond.
Just recently, Chicago-based executive search firm The Jacobson Group assisted in the placement of Jon D. Srna as the new CEO of American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company (AFRMIC). He will be assuming leadership on April 20. The assignment was led by managing partner Margaret Resce Milkint.
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“Jon’s appointment as CEO begins an exciting new chapter in AFRMIC’s rich history and service-oriented mission,” said Ms. Milkint. “He is a servant leader, who excels at building win-win relationships and driving profitable growth and innovation. Jon’s industry credibility and proven leadership will propel AFRMIC’s success moving forward.”
“We are pleased to welcome Jon Srna to AFRMIC,” said Mason Mungle, board chairman. “He is an impressive leader whose integrity, transparency and deep industry knowledge will contribute to the ongoing success and future growth of our policyholder family and independent agent community. Additionally, the board of directors acknowledges and respects the leadership and significant contributions of Interim CEO Casey Davis.”
Mr. Srna brings broad expertise in personal lines insurance and an extensive farm background to his role at AFRMIC. He began his insurance industry career more than 30 years ago with Farm Bureau Financial Services as a customer service supervisor. His career encompasses tenures as business unit vice president at Farm Bureau Financial Services, executive vice president and COO at ACCC Insurance and, most recently, senior vice president of operations and COO at Madison Mutual Insurance Company. His well-rounded industry knowledge spans claims, underwriting, sales and marketing, operations, and finance. He also has a successful track record of continuous improvement initiatives and P&L leadership.
Mr. Srna is highly involved in his community. He formerly served as board president of the Rock Creek U.S.D. 323 Board of Education, as well as a member of the board of trustees of the Kansas Insurance Education Foundation and the Civic Leadership Program at Kansas State University.
Begun as a membership service for farmers in 1919, American Farmers and Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company is a multi-line property and casualty company that is focused on farm and rural insurance products. It has evolved into a more than $140 million company that is still steeped in its rural market focus, customer loyalty and trust. In 2020, the company continues its active involvement in the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies.
The Jacobson Group provides executive search services exclusively to the insurance sector. For nearly 50 years, the firm has been connecting insurance organizations with professionals from the board room to the back room on both a permanent and temporary basis. Gregory P. Jacobson and Richard L. Jacobson are co-CEOs of the firm.
A member of Jacobson Group’s executive management team, Ms. Milkint is a key ambassador in establishing strategic client relationships and broadening the firm’s reach and breadth of insurance talent solutions. She is passionate about counseling clients on leadership selection and she has successfully managed numerous executive searches during more than 30 years with the firm. Ms. Milkint’s executive search career spans domestic and global C-suite, executive management and board of director roles with depth in the property and casualty, life, health and reinsurance sectors. She has conducted searches in disciplines such as actuarial, analytics, underwriting, claims, operations, risk, finance, investment, legal, technology, sales and marketing.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media