The Hartford promoted a long-time executive to become its new chief risk officer, succeeding another veteran leader who is retiring. Hamilton Insurance group promoted and added new responsibilities to two of its executives.


The Hartford promoted Robert Paiano to become executive vice president and chief risk officer, a role in which he’ll lead the insurer’s Enterprise Risk Management operations.

Robert Paiano/Courtesy The Hartford

Paiano replaces current Chief Risk Officer Robert Rupp, who is retiring. He’ll report to Christopher Swift, The Hartford’s chairman and CEO.

Paiano has served as corporate treasurer since 2010, a role in which he oversees capital and liquidity management, corporate banking and treasury operations. He has been with The Hartford since 1996, when he joined as senior vice president of corporate finance. Since then, Paiano has held various positions in enterprise risk management, capital management, corporate banking, investment management and reinsurance.

Rupp joined The Hartford in November 2011, bringing to the insurer an extensive background in financial services, law and government, plus knowledge of best practices in enterprise risk management. He is credited with advancing the company’s risk management function, which helped garner rating agency upgrades for risk controls. He’ll remain as a risk management advisor to Swift through Dec. 31.


Hamilton Insurance Group has made two leadership changes in its Bermuda operations.

  • Keith Bernhard (PRNewsfoto/Hamilton Insurance Group)

    Keith Bernhard now holds the title of Chief Audit Officer, and he reports to Interim Group CEO David Brown. Bernhard is responsible for developing and executing a risk-based internal audit plan for Hamilton and its subsidiaries. As well, he leads Hamilton’s Sarbanes-Oxley compliance program, coordinates compliance with other regulatory requirements, and supports the ongoing development of Hamilton’s risk and control culture.

Mr. Bernhard joined Hamilton Insurance Group in 2014 with 20 years’ experience in audit and risk management.

  • Wendy Davis Johnson is now Chief Communications & Culture Oficer. She will still handle corporate and investor communications, but takes
    Wendy Davis Johnson (PRNewsfoto/Hamilton Insurance Group)

    on added responsibility for creating alignment between Hamilton’s culture, its business strategy and mission, and its internal communications. She reports to Brown.

    Davis Johnson joined Hamilton Insurance Group in 2015 with more than 25 years’ experience in corporate communications and brand development.

Sources: The Hartford, Hamilton Insurance Group