Elias Begins Term as New Hampshire Insurance Commissioner

John Elias has begun his five-year term as Commissioner of the New Hampshire Insurance Department. He was nominated by Governor Chris T. Sununu and unanimously approved by the New Hampshire Executive Council in May.

“I am honored to be trusted with this responsibility,” said Elias in a press release issued by the New Hampshire Insurance Department. “I am excited to get started working in this new role on behalf of New Hampshire.”

Elias’s priorities as commissioner include regulatory modernization, operational efficiency and effectiveness in the pursuit of regulatory value, as well as the use of data to promote market transparency and to improve regulatory accountability and success in the reduction of public harms.

In 2016, Elias joined the New Hampshire Insurance Department as the property and casualty director and was promoted to assistant commissioner. In his two years at the department, he has focused on streamlining business processes, goal setting and speed-to-market initiatives. He has also led the department’s first strategic planning initiative, which includes workforce development. In addition, he has served on several National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) committees and task forces and has been involved in the NAIC State Ahead strategic plan.

Commissioner Elias has more than 15 years of insurance industry experience in the fields of profit and loss, state relations and strategic projects. He has led compliance, underwriting, product and project teams and served as vice president at two property and casualty insurance companies. He has worked with insurance regulators in 16 states.

Source: The New Hampshire Insurance Department