GEICO named its new vice president of marketing, having promoted from within. MAPFRE USA hired two executives to join its senior leadership team. Church Mutual Insurance Company made a number of board changes.
MAPFRE USA hired two executives to join its senior leadership team.
Mick Noland, former senior vice president of product management at MetLife Auto & Home, is MAPFRE’s new executive vice president and chief technical officer. Andrea Zemaitis, former vice president of strategic opportunities for small commercial insurance at Liberty Mutual, has joined MAPFRE as senior vice president of business development.
Noland, with more than 25 years of insurance industry experience, oversees product, underwriting and predictive analytics at MAPFRE. The claims organization also reports directly to him. Previously Noland was responsible for product development, pricing, underwriting and catastrophe/risk management in property and casualty at MetLife.
As head of MAPFRE USA’s business development organization, Zemaitis leads the marketing and distribution strategy in the United States, including client and agency management, business development, channel development and marketing. She has more than 20 years of experience at Liberty Mutual, where she held leadership positions focusing on distribution strategy and execution in small commercial and personal insurance.
Joe Pusateri has been promoted to the role of vice president of marketing at GEICO.
He previously served as an assistant vice president in marketing; in that role, which he assumed last year, he oversaw analytics, direct mail, in-house creative and advertising for the GEICO Insurance Agency (GIA), which offers homeowners, term life and other types of coverages. In addition, Pusateri headed GEICO’s retention marketing division.
Pusateri began his GEICO career in 2003 as a planning and research analyst in the controllers department. After working his way through the analyst ranks, he became a planning manager in the marketing department in 2007. He was promoted to planning and research manager a year later and to senior manager in 2010, with additional responsibilities for motorcycle, RV and boat advertising.
In 2013, Pusateri’s duties expanded to include responsibilities for military marketing and GIA programs. He was promoted to marketing director in 2014, a title he held until his election to assistant VP in 2017.
John (Jay) Williams was named chairman of the Church Mutual Insurance Company.
Williams had been serving as vice chairman of the Church Mutual Insurance Company board of directors since Dec. 13, 2017. In his new role, he replaced Allen Leverett, who now serves as chairman of the governance committee.
In a related move, Gregory Smith was named vice chairman of the board.
Williams is a 37-year banking industry veteran who also served as president and CEO of the Milwaukee Public Museum. He currently holds board positions for a variety of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Williams has been on the Church Mutual board of directors since March 19, 2008.
Smith is an executive-in-residence and lecturer at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s Lubar School of Business and managing partner of Barnett Management Advisors. His previous roles include former senior vice president and chief financial officer of Marshall & Illsley Corp. and M&I Bank, both headquartered in Milwaukee. Smith joined Church Mutual’s board of directors on Aug. 20, 2014 and was elected by the policyholders on March 18, 2015.
Separately, Walter White Jr., who has served on the Church Mutual board for more than 26 years, announced his retirement from the board effective Dec. 7, 2018.
Sources: GEICO, MAPFRE USA, Church Mutual