John D. Hanna retired Oct. 4 as vice president of commercial lines for Mutual Benefit Group, completing a 49-year career in insurance.

“I am extremely fortunate to have had a long career in a great industry. Many changes have occurred over my tenure, including the formation of ISO, numerous market cycles and catastrophes where our industry responded to rebuild lives and property. I have been honored to cap off my career at Mutual Benefit, a company that continues to focus on its agents and has responded to all adversities, including over 20 recessions since its inception. By far this industry’s greatest asset is its people, and I have been rewarded by the many relationships developed over the years. Best wishes to all,” said John.

When John joined Mutual Benefit in 2008 as vice president — commercial lines, he brought with him 38 years of industry management experience in multiple states, multiple companies, and multiple lines of business. During his tenure at Mutual Benefit, he was charged with overall management and supervision of the Commercial Lines Underwriting Department, directing the long-range planning process for the Commercial Lines Strategic Business Unit towards the profitable development of commercial lines, and directing the pricing and product development process for commercial lines.

He came to Mutual Benefit from Indiana Insurance, a member of Liberty Mutual Group, where he served as regional vice president for the Des Moines, Iowa, and St. Louis, Missouri, offices as well as manager, specialty markets.

John began his career in 1970 as a casualty underwriter trainee for USF&G in Baltimore, Maryland, advancing to agency manager in the Baltimore Branch, assistant general manager in the Nashville Branch Office, and general manager in the Des Moines and Baltimore Branch Offices. He has also served as regional vice president of the Central States Region for Northwestern National Insurance in Des Moines.

A graduate of the University of Baltimore with a bachelor’s degree in management, he also holds the Insurance Institute of America CPCU (Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter) and AIM (Associate in Management) designations.


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