Christopher J. Swift
Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, The Hartford
Director since 2014
Board Committees: Finance, Investment and Risk Management Committee
Christopher J. Swift is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Hartford, a 206 year-old national leader in property and casualty insurance, group benefits and mutual funds. Swift is responsible for the company’s strategy and growth, its capital allocation and the company’s performance, culture and leadership.
As CEO, Swift has focused The Hartford’s portfolio of businesses, reduced the size and risk of its legacy variable annuity liabilities and transformed the operations of the company. This resulted in creating industry-leading total shareholder return, increased financial strength and greater strategic and operational flexibility.
Swift joined The Hartford in March 2010 and served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer through June 2014. In that position, Swift played a central role in the company’s financial turnaround and strategic transformation, strengthening the balance sheet and creating greater capital flexibility. During this time, the company’s highly successful strategic Transformation Program reported to Swift.
Swift led the team that developed the company’s go-forward strategy, resulting in a sharply focused company with fast-improving businesses, as well as three strategically important divestitures, which were completed in nine months and at attractive valuations to highly-regarded counterparties. Swift also managed the sale of The Hartford’s wholly-owned Japanese annuity subsidiary, which significantly reduced the company’s risk profile.
Previously, Swift held senior leadership and finance roles at American International Group (AIG). He began his career in public accounting at KPMG LLP focused on financial services, and was eventually appointed head of the Global Insurance Industry Practice.
Swift earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Marquette University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Swift has been a long-standing supporter of diversity and inclusion in the insurance industry, including his role as the former executive sponsor of the Professional Women’s Network at The Hartford and his current role on the board of Catalyst. He is Chairman of the Board of the American Insurance Association, sits on the board of the Insurance Information Institute, is a trustee of Marquette University, and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at the Villanova School of Business. Swift is a member of the Business Council, The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Insurance Society, the Financial Services Roundtable, the Insurance Development Forum, and the Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance.