Wash. L&I Names Illinois Ins. Veteran to Head WC System

December 3, 2002

Robert Malooly, a 30-year veteran of the insurance industry, has been selected to run Washington State’s industrial insurance system. Malooly, 54, who rose from claims adjudicator to chairman and CEO of the Industrial Commission of Illinois, was chosen by director Gary Moore for his knowledge and experience in the insurance industry.

Malooly will take over the leadership of the Insurance Services Division in January, replacing Douglas Connell, who is retiring after 28 years with the department.

Malooly has been employed in the private sector since 1996. Prior to that, he headed the Industrial Commission of Illinois under Gov. James Thompson. He was chosen by Governor Thompson to implement a broad package of legislative reforms to Illinois’ workers’ compensation program.

Before directing the Industrial Commission, Malooly was part of the executive management team that Governor Thompson picked to restructure the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

He began his career in 1970 as an unemployment insurance claims adjudicator in the Department of Employment Security. In 1983, he was chosen to set up the agency’s first actuarial office. His job was to provide dependable financial estimates, which put him in the middle of a debate between business and organized labor over the amount of money needed to fund the unemployment compensation program.

For the past six years, Malooly has been an officer in several private companies that provide actuarial services and rating services to Illinois’ workers’ compensation system.

Malooly will manage an industrial insurance division that provides workers’ compensation coverage to about 1.9 million workers and 163,000 employers in Washington State. Another 400,000 workers are employed by companies that are self-insured. Each year, the state fund provides about $1.4 billion in benefits to workers injured on the job.

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