National Group Hires New Federal Public Affairs Director

The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America announced the appointment of Cliston Brown as the organization’s director of federal public affairs.

Brown comes to PCI after three years with the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA), where he served as director of public affairs. Previously, he worked for two years as director of communications for U.S. Rep. Peter J. Visclosky (D-Ind.), the current chairman of the Energy & Water Development subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations. Brown’s combination of industry and Capitol Hill knowledge, plus his experience as a newspaper and magazine reporter makes him an excellent fit to guide PCI’s outreach to inside-the-Beltway media.

“Cliston’s background and track record in his roles with IIABA and as a Congressional staffer make him an ideal choice to represent our member’s views to the media, both in Washington, DC and nationally,” said Joseph Annotti, PCI’s senior vice president of public affairs. “He knows how to work effectively with the news media, members of Congress, and congressional staff. We are very happy to have him on board.”

Brown, originally of Indiana, moved to Washington in October 2001 to work for Rep. Visclosky. Previously, he worked as a reporter covering intellectual-property law for Chicago-based Corporate Legal Times magazine from 2000 to 2001, and also for The Times of Northwest Indiana, the state’s third-largest daily newspaper, from 1995 to 2000. .

PCI is composed of more than 1,000 member companies, representing the broadest cross-section of insurers of any national trade association. PCI members write over $194 billion in annual premium, 40.1 percent of the nation’s property/casualty insurance. Member companies write 51.3 percent of the U.S. automobile insurance market, 39 percent of the homeowners market, 32.1 percent of the commercial property and liability market, and 38.7 percent of the private workers compensation market.

Source: PCI