Gruber to Succeed Larson as President of Great American Insurance Co.

Gary J. Gruber has been promoted president and chief operating officer of Great American Insurance Co., effective January 1, 2017. Gruber will become the seventeenth president in Great American’s 145-year history, assuming this title from Donald D. Larson, who recently announced that he will retire effective March 10, 2017, after more than 43 years of service to the company.

Larson has held the position of president and chief operating officer for the past seven years, and was the senior reporting officer within Great American’s P&C Group for the past 18 years.

Gruber has served as executive vice president for the Great American Property and Casualty Insurance Group since 2010. He currently serves as a member of Great American’s board of directors and recently served on the board of directors of National Interstate Corp., prior to its merger with Great American Insurance Co. last year.

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Gary Gruber

Gruber started his career with Great American Insurance Co. in 1977, and served in both financial and operational roles within the organization. He held various positions including vice president of Accounting, controller, and senior vice president and treasurer. In 1995, Gruber moved into an operational reporting officer role. While in this role, he worked directly with the majority of the group’s specialty property and casualty businesses as well as and with other units including Reinsurance and Predictive Analytics.

Source: Great American