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.Close bio
Steve Russell is Chief Underwriting Officer. He joined American Modern in 2011 and is responsible for actuarial, data analytics and intelligence, predictive modeling, product, and underwriting.
Over the past 30 years, his responsibilities have included product development and pricing for multiple products, design and development of reinsurance structures for personal and commercial lines, reserving, and catastrophe modeling and management.
Steve was Vice President for Aon Benfield, the largest reinsurance broker in the world, served as Chief Actuary at Vesta Insurance Group, and Director at Allstate Insurance Company. Steve graduated with a B.A. in mathematics from Wabash College. He is a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA) and an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society (ACAS).Close bio
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.Close bio
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.Close bio
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.Close bio
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.Close bio