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The Hartford adds Donna James to its board

2nd November 2020 - Author: Matt Sheehan

Property and casualty insurer The Hartford has announced the addition of Donna James to its board of directors.

Effective February 17, 2021, she will serve on the board’s Finance, Investment and Risk Management Committee.

James is president and CEO of Lardon & Associates, a business-advisory firm specializing in corporate governance, new business development, strategy, and financial and risk management.

She had a 25-year career with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, culminating in the role of president of strategic investments.

Prior to that, James held a variety of positions, including chief administrative officer, chief human resources officer, assistant to the CEO and director of operations and treasury services.


She is also a certified public accountant (non-practicing) and began her career as an auditor with Coopers & Lybrand LLP.

In addition, James served as chairwoman of the US National Women’s Business Council from 2010 to 2013, which operated as a non-partisan advisory council to the president, Congress and the Small Business Administration.

“Donna brings extensive insurance-industry experience in a range of functions, including accounting, investing, operations, treasury and human resources,” said The Hartford’s Chairman and CEO Christopher Swift.

“She also served as an advisor to former President Obama and Congress on the economic growth and development of women business-owners. We look forward to having her join the board as we focus on product and innovation, underwriting expertise and the customer experience, as well as attracting and retaining the talent needed for long-term success.”

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