Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Christopher J. Swift is chairman and chief executive officer of The Hartford, a national leader in property & casualty insurance (P&C), group benefits and mutual funds, founded in 1810. He is responsible for the company’s strategy and growth, capital allocation, performance, culture and leadership. Swift leads the company at a time of unprecedented technological innovation and continues to sharpen The Hartford’s competitive advantages through the use of data, analytics and digital technology to meet the needs of consumers today and in the future.
As CEO, Swift has focused on expanding the company’s capabilities and geographic reach through organic growth and strategic investments, including the purchase of Aetna’s U.S. group life and disability business in 2017 and The Navigators Group, Inc., a specialty lines property and casualty business, in 2019. He also completed the company’s exit from the run-off life and annuity business, providing greater financial flexibility, and improving The Hartford’s ROE and earnings growth profile.
Swift joined The Hartford in March 2010 as executive vice president and chief financial officer. In that position, he played a central role in the company’s strategic transformation to focus on the P&C, group benefits and mutual funds businesses, as well as strengthening the balance sheet through the sale of its individual life and retirement plans businesses, reducing debt and creating greater balance-sheet strength.
Previously, Swift held senior leadership and finance roles at American International Group (AIG). He began his career as a certified public accountant 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, where he is also a trustee. As a long-time supporter of diversity and inclusion (D&I), Swift has spoken out about the need for diverse, inclusive workplaces in the insurance industry and publicly committed the company and himself to D&I initiatives, such as CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion and the UK Inclusive Insurance Pledge. He is on the executive committee and the board of directors of the American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA). He is also a member of the Business Council, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, Council on Foreign Relations, Geneva Association, and the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance.