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USAA appoints two industry leaders as SVPs

24th March 2023 - Author: Jack Willard

Primary mutual insurer USAA has hired two industry leaders as Senior Vice Presidents.

Joseph Gates has been named SVP, Chief Risk Officer for the P&C company, and David Selchen has been named SVP, Organizational and Talent Management.

Both Gates and Selchen bring over 20 years of industry experience towards their respective roles.

Most recently, Gates served as the Chief Risk Officer at American Family Insurance, a role which he held for more than five years, leading a variety of enterprise risk disciplines.

Prior to taking on that role, he held portfolio and catastrophe management roles for American Family and Homesite Insurance. Additionally, Gates also previously led an international team focused on portfolio and catastrophe management for Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty in Chicago and Munich.

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Within his new role, he will report to USAA’s Chief Risk Officer Neeraj Singh.

“Joseph’s global experience and expertise in overall risk management, analytics, catastrophe management and modeling will help us effectively manage a range of industry-wide business challenges and better serve our members,” said Singh.

Meanwhile, throughout his career, Selchen has served as a leadership and people strategy advisor, partnering with founders, boards, and executive leaders for a wide range of different organisations, from start-ups to Global enterprises.

At the same time, he has also served in executive positions for large publicly traded companies such as CBRE, BP and Hewlett-Packard.

Within his new role he will play a significant role in developing USAA’s talent management strategy.

Selchen will report to Chief Human Resources Officer, Tamla Oates-Forney.

“USAA’s mission comes to life by way of our 37,000 employees. We recognize that when they feel valued and supported during moments that matter, they perform at their best in serving our members. David will be instrumental in creating a world class total talent management strategy to lead us into our next century,” said Oates-Forney.

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