Christopher J. Swift

Chris Swift, Chairman and CEO of The Hartford

Chairman and CEO

Christopher J. Swift is chairman and CEO of The Hartford, a national leader in property and casualty insurance (P&C), group benefits and mutual funds, founded in 1810.
Chris Swift, Chairman and CEO of The Hartford
Swift, who was named CEO in 2014, was the driving force in the company’s transformation, resulting in a more focused, disciplined leader in property and casualty, group benefits and mutual funds. He expanded the company’s capabilities and geographic reach through organic growth and strategic investments, including the purchase of Aetna’s U.S. group life and disability business in 2017 and The Navigators Group, Inc., a specialty lines property and casualty business, in 2019. He also completed the company’s exit from the run-off life and annuity business, providing greater financial flexibility and improving The Hartford’s return on equity and earnings growth profile. The Hartford ranks highest among insurance companies on the 2024 JUST 100 list by independent research nonprofit JUST Capital and CNBC, marking the sixth consecutive year on the list. He has also appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg on a number of occasions.

Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

As a long-time advocate of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), Swift is the foremost champion of The Hartford’s DEI initiatives, resulting in the company’s leading board diversity, improved executive representation and top-ranked company culture. Also, the company is a 2023 Catalyst Award winner, listed on the 2023 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index, and was named as a 2023 Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. In addition to his leadership within The Hartford, Swift has promoted DEI within the broader business community. He was an early signatory to the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion Pledge and serves on the Governing Committee for its Racial Equity Fellowship initiative. He is also a Catalyst CEO Champion for Change and has signed on to Paradigm for Parity, a coalition of business leaders committed to achieving gender parity at leadership levels by 2030.

Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace

Swift is at the forefront of CEOs encouraging employers to dispel stigma in the workplace and invest in employee mental health. Within the insurance industry and the business community more broadly, he advises business leaders to prioritize employee mental health, create inclusive workplaces and lead with empathy.
Overcoming Stigma That Prevents Care
Christopher Swift (top) and NAMI’s CEO Daniel H. Gillison, Jr. hosted a discussion on mental health for The Hartford’s employees.

Overcoming Stigma That Prevents Care

Our research shows mental health is a significant workplace issue for U.S. employers and mental health stigma inhibits those in need from getting help. The Hartford collaborates with nonprofit partners National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Active Minds to help companies foster cultures that prioritize mental health and support the specific needs of the youngest generation in today’s workplace.
Read about Swift’s call to action for the business community in these blogs with the Milken Institute:

Championing Our Hometown

As The Hartford’s CEO, Swift is proud of our company’s legacy of making a positive impact in our communities and is strongly connected to the neighborhoods and businesses throughout our hometown. As a vocal advocate among the business community, he champions the City of Hartford’s revitalization and our company’s initiatives that advance equal economic, educational and workplace opportunities for our neighbors.

Driving Change in the Industry

In addition to his work at The Hartford, Swift is committed to making an impact on important issues, serving on many boards where he can make a difference:

Experienced Leader

Swift joined The Hartford in March 2010 as executive vice president and chief financial officer. In that position, he played a central role in the company’s strategic transformation to focus on the P&C, group benefits and mutual funds businesses. He was also instrumental in strengthening the balance sheet through the sale of its individual life and retirement plans businesses and reducing debt.
Previously, he held senior leadership and finance roles at American International Group (AIG). He began his career as a certified public accountant at KPMG LLP, focused on financial services and was eventually appointed head of the Global Insurance Industry Practice.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Marquette University, where he is also a trustee.

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