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Sal Branca, Chairman of the Board
Senior Vice President
With 30 years experience at AIG, Sal Branca is currently Senior Vice President of the Regulatory Data Reporting and Premium Audit Divisions. He is responsible for the quality and timeliness of US Regulatory Data Reporting, as well as a staff of 250 Auditors executing all facets of insured Premium Audit services. Additionally, as a member of AIG’s Enterprise Integration Management team, Sal is currently responsible for leading a number of critical US Casualty business/system development efforts enabling and optimizing strategic future state programs of work relating to Workers’ Compensation Predictive Modeling and a new Global Web Based Complex Account Underwriting system. Sal is also a member of the AIG Workers Compensation Executive Management Committee responsible for enabling compliance and operational efficiencies. Prior to his current responsibilities, Sal has held numerous management positions of increasing responsibility including: COO of Global Reinsurance, Director of Internal Audit, SVP of Finance and Operations, and SVP Business Process Planning. Sal has served as Vice Chair of the Pennsylvania and California Workers Compensation Governing Boards and is currently serving on the Massachusetts Workers Compensation Governing Board (past Chair). He has also served on various ISO, NCCI and IAIABC Industry committees. Sal has significant experience within the insurance industry and a proven track record for leading sustainable business process integration and regulatory compliance programs.​​​​
J. Spero Zacharias, Board Vice-Chair & Strategy Chair
Senior Vice President
J. Spero Zacharias, Senior Vice President of Chubb & Son Inc., is the Manager of International Field Operations for its Accident and Health Division and is responsible for Chubb’s Accident and Health businesses in 25 countries outside of the United States. Prior to holding his present position, Spero served as International Field Operations Manager for Chubb’s Operations Services Division where he led the business support organization across 25 countries and designed and implemented service delivery models for Chubb’s offices outside of the United States.  During his 25 years at Chubb, Spero has held leadership positions that include responsibilities for P&L management, marketing, information technology and operations management.

In addition to his current ACORD board and committee responsibilities, Spero served as Chairman of the ACORD 20/20 Strategy and Advisory Committee and was previously Chairman of its Property and Casualty Steering Committee. Spero serves on the Executive Committee of the Gabelli School of Business and previously served as Co-Chairman of the Board of Overseers at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business. Spero holds a Masters of Business Administration from Fordham with dual concentrations in Finance and Management and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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John Kellington, Finance Chair
Senior Vice President and CIO
John Kellington is Senior Vice President and CIO of Cincinnati Financial Corporation, which markets Property, Casualty, and Life insurance through independent agents in the United States. Prior to his position at Cincinnati Financial, he was Senior Vice President of ACORD, responsible for all ACORD Standards development including forms, participation & membership, finance, government and industry affairs, education, and information technology. Prior to joining ACORD, he held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for the Ohio Casualty Group. He also spent 18 years at IBM, where he held several positions including Certified I/T Architect and Principal for IBM Global Services' National Insurance Practice.​​​​
Mark Esposito, Audit Chair
Senior Vice President & CTO
Mark Esposito is the Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President accountable for enterprise architecture, data, service management and infrastructure for The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., (NYSE: HIG). In this role, he is responsible for setting the enterprise technology strategy for The Hartford. Prior to this position, he was the Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President for Wealth Management and the Hartford Investment Management Company, of The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. In this role, he was responsible for developing and implementing an information technology strategy across all Wealth Management business segments. Prior to joining The Hartford in 2006, spent more than 20 years with Phoenix Life, where most recently, he was Vice President of Information Technology of the insure's individual life and annuity business, supporting sales, underwriting, service and financial systems.​​​
William Pieroni
President & CEO
William Pieroni is President & CEO of ACORD.  Prior to his appointment in 2016, Mr. Pieroni served as the Global Chief Operating Officer of Marsh and was responsible for the firm’s global operations.   Additionally, he was the Chief Technology and Transformation Officer across the Risk and Insurance Segment.   Prior to joining Marsh, Mr. Pieroni was Senior Vice President and part of the Office of the Chairman at State Farm. Prior to that, he served as Aon’s Senior Vice President and Global Chief Information Officer with global responsibility for operations across retail, wholesale and reinsurance brokerage.  His extensive insurance and financial services background also includes General Manager of IBM’s insurance business, a partner at Accenture and consultant with McKinsey & Company.   Mr. Pieroni earned his Bachelor of Science in accounting with University Honors & Distinction from the University of Illinois.  He also received his M.B.A. with Highest Distinction, and was named a Baker Scholar from Harvard University School of Business Administration.​​​
Donald W. (Butch) Britton
Chief Executive Officer
Donald W. (Butch) Britton serves as chief executive officer of ING U.S. Insurance Solutions. Prior to assuming this role in January of 2009, he led ING's U.S. Life Business Group.Britton has a 38-year career in insurance and brings a diversified background in the life and annuity industries to his role. Prior to joining ING in 2004, he was president of the Life Division at American General Financial Group. His experience also includes more than 18 years with First Colony Life, culminating as president of that company, and commensurately senior positions with GE Financial Assurance. Britton holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in mathematics from East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He has been honored as the recipient of the Douglas Mooers Award of Excellence presented by the National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies (NAILBA) and National Underwriter's Industry Elite Award for Market Innovation. Britton has served as chairman of the LIMRA Brokerage Committee and served a term on LIMRA's board of directors. He also served as a director of LL Global.​​​
Christoph Carus
Head of Central Division
Christoph Carus leads the Enterprise Architecture (EA) function at Munich Re and also chairs the IT Investment Board. In this role, and as Lead Global Process Owner, he ensures the alignment of IT-investment initiatives with business, IT and EA strategy.  Since 2009 he has headed the Reinsurance Accounting Division (Life and Non-Life). He acts as Global Process Owner for Technical Accounting and Claims Handling for Munich Re Reinsurance Group.  From 2012 until the end of 2015 he was also responsible for the Solvency II Pillar 3 implementation for Munich Re Group.  Prior to that, from 2007 to 2009 he acted as Deputy CFI of Munich Holdings of Australasia in Sydney, Australia. From 2001 he has held various positions in the area of finance at Munich Re.  From 1998 until joining Munich Re in 2001 he was co-founder of startup companies (e-Commerce and Internet Financial Services/Private Equity) as well as research assistant at the Chair of Business Informatics at the University of Augsburg.  Carus holds Master’s degrees in Business Administration from the University of Augsburg, Germany and the University of Dayton, USA.​​​
Joe Dainty
Global Head of Operations
Joe Dainty has over 20 years’ experience in the insurance industry, initially as a Private Medical Insurance underwriter with BUPA and Guardian Health, before joining QBE in 1998 to manage a Private Medical Insurance team. Joe moved into Operations, heading up Business Practices and looking after process review and improvement while also representing QBE in major London Market initiatives such as Contract Certainty and ECF2, holding positions in the AAC, XRB, MPC & the IUA PEG. He was appointed as Head of Operations, European Markets in 2011, assuming overall responsibility for all operational matters in Continental Europe, followed by a promotion to Director of Operations, UK and Europe, while here he led various transformation efforts including setting up off shore support facilities and developing a common European operating model. Joe joined Lloyd's in 2015 as Global Head of Operations, managing a market facing operations team in London and developing operational support in Europe, Asia and the Americas. He is currently working on developing a 5 year target operating model for the overall London Market.​​
Andrew Fogarty
Outside Director
Andy Fogarty began his career at IBM as a marketing representative to Life and P&C insurers and then as a special insurance representative throughout the Midwest, working with insurers on policy processing systems. He became an IBM Marketing Manager before joining Ohio Casualty Insurance Company in 1970 as Vice President to manage the expansion of their Information Systems Department directing the development and implementation of auto, property and claims administration systems. Andy initiated the integration of agency interface into Ohio Casualty's personal lines systems, as well as Download, and he championed the development of an automated Commercial Lines Policy Administration System, one of the first multi-commercial lines new and renewal policy systems in the industry. He was promoted to Senior Vice President in 1988, a position he held until retirement. He has served ACORD throughout his career, ascending to the chair in 1994. Now retired, Andy maintains a strong relationship with independent agents through his work with AUGIE (ACORD User Groups Information Exchange). He serves on the Executive Committee of the ACORD Board and is the Board Liaison to the ACORD Standards Committee and the 2020 Advisory Committee.
Alessandro Iuppa
Senior Vice President, Government & Industry Affairs
Al Iuppa joined Zurich as Head of Government and Industry Affairs (GAIA) for General Insurance and as Chief Government Affairs Officer, North America in January 2007. He represents Zurich's interests with governmental and industry bodies at the federal and state levels in the United States, as well as globally for general insurance. As Head of GAIA for General Insurance, he is responsible for managing the analytical and strategic review of public policy issues affecting Zurich's general insurance operations globally. Previously, he served as Maine's Superintendent of Insurance from 1998 through 2006, where he was an active participant on insurance issues at both the national and international levels. In 2005, he served as President-elect of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and in 2006 as President. He has also served as Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS), representing the United States from 2004 through 2006 and is a recognized expert on public policy issues related to insurance supervision and has made numerous presentations to such bodies as the US Congress, European Commission, Geneva Association, Financial Stability Forum and the OECD.​
Robert Kelly
Managing Director, CEO
Robert Kelly is Managing Director/CEO of Australia's largest Broking Cluster, Steadfast Group Limited, and the first Shareholder and Director of the Steadfast Group. He has been a practicing Insurance Broker since 1969. In previous roles, he served as Managing Director of the Sydney Insurance Broker, Delaney Kelly Golding, and the National Underwriting Agency, Rentsure. He holds a number of industry qualifications and is Tribunalised by the Lloyds, non-Marine Market, to place risks. His credentials include: QPIB (Qualified Practicing Insurance Broker); CIP (Certified Insurance Professional); AAIRM (Associate Australian Institute of Risk Management, University of Technology Sydney); DOH&S (Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety, Australian Institute of Management); Senior Associate ANZIIF (Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance); Diploma Insurance Broking, ANZIIF; and Fellow NIBA (National Insurance Brokers Association). Robert was named Insurance Industry Leader of the Year at the 2011 Annual Australian Insurance Industry Awards.​
Stephen Kessler
Senior Vice President, Information Technology
Stephen Kessler is Vice President of Information Technology at MetLife, Inc. As a direct report to the CIO for application development, he is the Customer Relations Executive responsible for technology solutions delivery across all US based Retail, Group, Property & Casualty and Corporate Benefit Funding businesses. Over the past 30 years with MetLife, he has served in many technology roles across most US based business operations and many major enterprise wide initiatives. He is a FINRA registered Operations Professional. Mr. Kessler started his career with a NY based technology consulting firm as a computer programmer. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University.​
Barbara Koster
Senior Vice President and CIO
Barbara Koster is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Prudential Financial, head of Global Business and Technology Solutions and a member of Prudential's Senior Management Committee. She has responsibility for IT at all Prudential locations worldwide and ensures the privacy and integrity of Prudential’s information. She also manages the company's global netorks, data centers and other technology infrastructure. Barbara is chairman of the boards of Pramerica Systems Ireland, Ltd. and Prudential Systems Japan, Ltd., both technology subsidiaries of Prudential Financial. She joined Prudential in 1995 as vice president and chief information officer in Individual Life Insurance Systems where she was responsible for a wide range of technologies. Prior to joining Prudential, Barbara held positions with Chase Manhattan Bank including President of Chase Access Services. In 2011, NJ Biz newspaper named Barbara one of the "Fifty Best Women in Business," and she was named CIO of the Year in 2008 by the Executive Council and listed among the top Executive Women of New Jersey. She also has been named among Premier IT Leaders by Computerworld magazine; the Top Twenty Financial Management Technologists by the CIO Forum; and the Elite Eight by Insurance & Technology magazine. Barbara received the 1999 Women in Science and Technology award from the Smithsonian Institute.​
John Leonard, Immediate Past Chair
President & CEO
John Leonard is President and CEO of Maine Employers’ Mutual Insurance Company (MEMIC), based in Portland, Maine, and MEMIC Indemnity Company, with offices in NH, CT, NJ, NY, PA, VA, and FL. He began with MEMIC in 1993 after a lengthy career with The Travelers, where he led the Commercial Lines Agency Marketing and Underwriting Division. Under John’s direction, The MEMIC Group maintains an “A” rating as determined by A.M. Best. John was the 2011-12 Board Chair for the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), and also served on its Nominating and Governance Committee. From 2008-2015 he served as Chairman of the Board of ACORD and currently serves on its Executive Committee.  He is a former President of the American Association of State Compensation Insurance Funds (AASCIF) and Chairman of its Executive Committee. John also served as Board Chair of the National Workers’ Compensation Reinsurance Association. He received the Distinguished Citizen Award presented by the Pine Tree Council of the Boy Scouts of America in 2001, and in 2003 was inducted into the Maine Business Hall of Fame. John is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) and serves as President of the Board of the American Society of Workers’ Comp Professionals, Inc. (AMCOMP) who conferred on him its 2008 Legends Award.​
Dennis Mahoney
Executive Chairman
Dennis Mahoney is a forty-two year veteran of the broker industry, Executive Chairman of RFIB and past President of the Insurance Institute of London.  In 2012, he joined Ironshore as a Director serving on its board, bringing depth of experience and insight to its growing global platform. During his years with Aon and its predecessor, he served in a number of senior leadership roles in retail, wholesale and reinsurance.  Prior to his retirement from Aon in 2010, Dennis served as Chairman of Aon Global, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aon Limited, responsible for the overall coordination of all Aon operations in the UK.  Dennis was also a member of Aon Corporation’s Policy Committee.  In September 2003, Dennis was appointed Executive Chairman of Aon Re Global, with responsibility for all of Aon’s reinsurance broking operations worldwide.  In 1996, Dennis was elected as the first Chairman of the World Insurance Network.  He also served as a Deputy Chairman of Lloyd’s Insurance Broking Committee for many years. Dennis was Chairman of Troika Insurance, the company established by the UK Government after the WTC event to provide third party war and terrorism cover for passenger airlines.​
Christof Mascher
Member of the Board of Management & Chief Operating Officer
Christof Mascher is the functional leader of operations in Allianz. He defines, sets standards and drives the strategy for Operations in the Group, including operational underwriting, claims management, information technology and organizational management. He created Allianz Managed Operations & Services (AMOS) to provide shared services to Allianz Group companies in the areas of IT, operations and corporate services, enabling the Group to leverage economies of scope, scale and skill. His responsibilities include the oversight of Allianz Global Assistance, Allianz Worldwide Care and Allianz Global Automotive. Christof is the sponsor of Core Group projects in digitalization and global claims that aim to innovate in these areas. Christof’s prior role was Chief Operating Officer of Allianz Germany, responsible for providing operational underwriting, claims management, IT and organizational management, and the operational execution of 20% of Group's Property & Casualty business and 33% of the Life & Health business. From 1989 to 2005 Christof held various roles in Allianz Elementar in Austria. He served the commercial business division as Head of Organization, Head of IT, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, managed the operational merger between two Allianz companies, and developed an insurance platform that serves today as the core insurance platform of the Allianz Group.​
Markus Schmid
Division Head IT & Member of the Group Management Board
In his role as Group Information Officer, Markus Schmid runs a transformation program with the goal of globalizing Swiss Re’s IT organization and increasing its productivity. In 2012, he aligned the IT organization with the new Group operating model by creating dedicated IT Units, and introduced a service-based cost management framework for the entire Swiss Re group. From 2005-2007 he was responsible for IT support of Swiss Re's entire Re/Insurance operations as well as Commercial Insurance. Schmid played a crucial role in integrating the former GE Insurance Solutions business into Swiss Re. Markus Schmid joined Swiss Re as CIO and Executive Team Member of the Property & Casualty Business Group in 2001. From 1996 to 2000, he worked for Boston Consulting Group, where he ran business models and functional projects in the financial services sector as well as IT value management. He started his career at Accenture. Schmid holds a master's degree in economics and computer science from the University of Zurich.​​​
Robert Slocum
Bob Slocum entered the insurance business at the age of 16 as a bookkeeper in his family's insurance agency. At the age of 18, he received his broker's license and began selling insurance while attending college. After graduation, he completed the Aetna Home Office Sales Course and began to pursue the CPCU and CIC designations. Bob has served as a teacher and instructor since entering the industry in 1975. He has also been actively involved in a wide variety of industry activities and has represented his peers in many capacities as an agent leader. Bob currently serves on the AUGIE Leaders Council, is an IIABA Virtual University Committee Member, is a Member of the Governors Insurance Council, and is a Member of Peerless Insurance Company National Agent’s Advisory Council. He has also served as National Chairman of Agents Council for Technology (IIABA’s ACT) (2003-2007), Chairman of IIARI Automation Committee (1994-2007), and Chairman of the Peerless Agents Advisory Council for Technology (2005-2007) among many other positions throughout his career.​​​
Dexter S. Umekubo
Dexter Umekubo began his insurance career with Metropolitan Life in 1978 after graduating with a BA from California State University, Long Beach. In 1984, after a successful sales career with Metropolitan, he joined First Delaware Life and attained the role of assistant vice president of sales development. In 1988, Dex joined John Rupright, founding partner of Producers XL, (a BRAMCO Partner Agency) as a co-owner and managing partner of the agency. Dex has authored articles for numerous trade publications and has spoken at seminars across the country on advanced sales concepts, industry trends and ethical sales practices. Dex's professional area of expertise is the advanced life markets, with an emphasis on Business and Estate planning strategies. Dex is also an OSJ/Branch Manager for INGFP-Wholesale Broker Dealer Network, is a long time attendee of the SFSP Arizona Institute and has served as a two term President of the Wichita Chapter of SFSP. ​​​​​
Gregory Maciag
President Emeritus
Greg Maciag is President Emeritus of ACORD. He joined ACORD in 1977 and served in various roles prior to being appointed President in 1994. Greg led the expansion of ACORD to serve the Life & Annuity segment of our business, followed by the merger with WISe in London and Brussels that added global reinsurance and large commercial lines participants, including the London Market. He is the author of two books: The Real-Time World, published in 2009, and The Business Information Revolution, published in 2005. He blogs about ACORD at www.acordceo.org, writes a monthly Tech Focus article for London-based Insurance Day magazine and contributes to other publications. Tech Decisions magazine named Greg one of the “Ten People You Need to Know in Insurance” in 2000. He accepted Insurance Day awards from the London Market for ACORD in 2003 and 2004. He received the Wade S. Dunbar Jr. Award for significant contributions to insurance industry automation from NetVU in 2005, and was listed as one of the “100 Most Powerful People in the Insurance Industry” by Insurance Newscast in 2011. In 2012, he was recognized as #12 on the list of the “Top 25 Living Legends of Insurance” by PropertyCasualty 360.com. Greg is the principal advocate for the industry standards that have become increasingly essential in today’s digital world. Prior to joining ACORD, Greg held Operations and Systems positions with Chubb & Son and the National Council on Compensation Insurance.​​​​​​​​