Former NAIC Pres. Atchinson to Head Geneva Ass’n. Institutional Relations

March 25, 2011

The Geneva Association, an important international insurance think tank, announced that Brian Atchinson has been appointed as Acting Head of Institutional Relations. He is a former President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and a former superintendent of Insurance for the U.S. State of Maine.

Atchinson will be based in Washington D.C. and will lead and direct the international institutional and public affairs outreach of The Geneva Association.

He began his work in the financial services field in 1989 as Legal Counsel to the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation in Augusta. In 1992 he became the Superintendent of Insurance for the U.S. State of Maine, supervising local insurers and insurance as well as the dynamic interface between insurance and politics.

Atchinson was elected as an Officer and later President of NAIC in 1994. During that tenure he also served as Chairman of the International Insurance Relations Committee. He was also instrumental in the creation of the international coordinating body for insurance regulators, the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS), where he served as U.S. representative on the Executive Committee and was later honored for his outstanding achievements.

His career has taken him around the globe. In 1997 he became Managing Counsel and Vice President of the UNUM Corporation where he managed international trade and regulatory issues. In 2001 he became President and CEO of the Insurance Marketplace Standards Association (IMSA) where he worked until the end of 2010.

Atchinson expressed his delight “to be working with The Geneva Association,” and said he is looking forward to “leveraging the Association’s unique work to increase the understanding and prominence of insurance amongst international and institutional stakeholders.”

The Geneva Association’s Secretary General and Managing Director, Patrick M. Liedtke noted: “International regulatory discussions have recently taken on a new prominence and with his extensive experience in the industry and as a regulator at the State, national and international levels, Brian will enable us to deliver and discuss our research and analytical work effectively at the highest levels. He has been a participant in Geneva Association activities since 1996 and has been a regular, voluble and valuable contributor to a number of seminars and work streams. We look forward to the contribution that Brian will make to our work going forward.”

Source: The Geneva Association

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