Andreas Kleiner

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Andreas Kleiner is Chief Executive Officer. His role is to create the vision and strategy for the continued success of the company, and build a highly collaborative, results-focused culture that serves the client/customer, employee and shareholder. He began his leadership of American Modern in May 2016.

Andreas held multiple senior management positions in a 23 year career at Munich Re covering all major fields of insurance and reinsurance. He served as member of the Board of Management of ERGO International as well as CEO of Munich Re of Africa.

He holds a degree in civil engineering from the University of Stuttgart (Germany), an Executive MBA in Financial Services and Insurance from Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School (Belgium) and University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), and also is an ACII and Chartered Insurer at the Chartered Insurance Institute (United Kingdom). He is married and has two daughters.

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Kevin Morreale, Sales and Marketing

Sales and Marketing

Kevin Morreale

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Kevin Morreale is Chief Sales and Marketing Officer and is a member of the Executive Management Board. He is responsible for growing specialty property and casualty products through multiple channels of distribution. He has additional responsibility for the Specialty Client Division which provides dedicated management and focus to certain clients where an agent takes responsibility for operations such as policy administration, customer service, underwriting, pricing and claims.

In his more than 25 years with the company, Kevin has held multiple roles, including the Head of Commercial Lines, Head of Business Development, Head of Agency Sales, National Account Representative for Financial Services and Marine Product Manager.

Before joining American Modern, Kevin was with LoVullo Associates, Inc., a managing general agency in New York state. Kevin holds a B.S. in Marketing from Canisius College. Close bio
David McNutt, Claims


Dave McNutt

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Dave McNutt is Head of Claims, overseeing a team of more than 350 professionals. He joined the company in 1989 and has over 27 years experience in property and casualty insurance.

Leading the company's claims operations since 1999, McNutt has developed and implemented claim handling standards, plus metrics for multiple products and distribution channels. As a member of the senior management team, Dave participates in corporate strategy and policy making.

Prior to his employment at American Modern, Dave worked for Safeco Insurance Company. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in industrial psychology. Dave is a Senior Claims Law associate, and holds several industry designations including The Associate in Claims. He has also served as Chairman of the Claims Committee for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.

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René Gobonya, Finance


René Gobonya

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René Gobonya is the Chief Financial Officer. He joined American Modern in 2013.

René is the past Deputy Head of Group Controlling at Munich Re, as well as Head of Financial Planning and Analysis and also Head of Group Capital Management. In his 25 years of work in primary insurance and reinsurance, he has held many finance, management, sales, and underwriting positions for Munich Re, and earlier at Winterthur International, a Credit Suisse subsidiary.

René earned his undergraduate degree and an M.B.A. from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. He has command of six languages.

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Kate Reed, Human Resources

Human Resources

Kate Reed

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Kate Reed is Head of Human Resources, overseeing human resources, facilities, and internal communications functions. Kate began her career at the company in 2001.

Starting in the Legal Department as the employment attorney, Kate has provided legal counsel regarding employment-related issues for all levels of management in each business unit. She also developed her skills in numerous disciplines by leading projects in the areas of training, compliance, and benefits. She has served in leadership roles for the Compliance Council, American Modern Women's Network, and the Pension and Savings Committee.

Kate received her B.S. in political science from Ohio University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati. She also holds a certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.

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Charles S. Griffith III, Legal


Trey Griffith

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Charles S. "Trey" Griffith III is General Counsel. He joined American Modern in 2001.

Trey has served in a number of capacities and is presently General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer.  He oversees the legal affairs and compliance functions.  Prior to joining American Modern, he was in private practice, representing clients in both Ohio and Kentucky.

A graduate of Northern Kentucky University's Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Trey completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Cincinnati, receiving a B.B.A. in accounting. He is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP) and a member of the Ohio State, Kentucky, and Northern Kentucky Bar Associations. He is a veteran of the United States military.

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Paul Schneider, Operations


Paul Schneider

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Paul Schneider is Chief Operating Officer (COO) at American Modern. In that capacity he oversees IT, Business Operations, Producer Management, Operations Consulting as well as the important Business Transformation project.

Paul has been with American Modern for 12 years and has led many strategic initiatives such as the modernLINK/mlp3 implementation for our collector vehicle and motorcycle lines of business, the AMClaim project for the Guidewire Claim Center implementation and completion of the Corrective Action Plan addressing the FID regulatory concerns. Paul has held leadership positions managing the Project Office and System Testing Teams and, most recently, the FID Division.

Prior to joining American Modern, Paul spent over 13 years in consulting with Ernst & Young/CapGemini Ernst & Young. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from the University of Dayton. Close bio
Cathy Smith, Chief Underwriting Officer

Product and Underwriting

Cathy Smith

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Cathy Smith is Chief Underwriting Officer. A central focus of her leadership is to synchronize the activities of the underwriting, product, pricing, predictive modeling and data teams. Emphasizing analytics, customer voice, and operational excellence, the team’s focus is on delivering sustainable profitability and responsible growth.

Cathy‘s more than 30 years of industry experience included positions at Great American, Kemper Insurance, Nationwide Insurance and most recently Grange Insurance. She has taken on many roles -- product, pricing, operations, underwriting, data and analytics, strategic planning and execution, profit and loss management, sales and marketing, and business transformation. She joined American Modern in 2015.

A native of North Carolina, Cathy earned an M.B.A. and a B.A. in economics from the University of North Carolina. She also holds the CPCU, ChFC, AAI, AAM, AIAF, and ARC industry designations. Close bio