West Trenton-based NJM Insurance Group today announced that President & Chief Executive Officer Bernie Flynn will retire on April 27, after a career at the company that spanned 25 years, including the past 10 as its leader. Mitch Livingston, NJM’s chief operating officer & general counsel, has been selected by the company’s Board of Directors to succeed Flynn, becoming only the ninth President in NJM’s 104-year history.
“Bernie guided NJM through some challenging times during his ten-year tenure as CEO — including the Great Recession and Super Storm Sandy — ensuring every day that we honor our commitment to be there when our policyholders need us,” said Brian Neuwirth, chairman of NJM’s Board of Directors. “His commitment resonates throughout the company, and under his guidance NJM strengthened its national reputation for outstanding customer and claims service, while advancing the company’s already exceptionally strong capital position to ensure policyholders are well protected now and in the years to come.”
“At the same time — and in the face of these challenges — Bernie demonstrated true vision by keeping NJM’s focus on the future and leading transformational technology advancements that ensure the company remains a market leader in the property casualty industry, and is well positioned to expand and enhance the products and services it provides to an ever-increasing policyholder base for decades to come. On behalf of our Board, we thank Bernie for his years of dedicated service and leadership.”
“The transparency and vision by which Bernie has led the organization can also be found in his commitment to building a strong succession plan,” continued Neuwirth. “He has ensured the right people are in place, including his own successor, to uphold the company’s values and meet the changing needs of its customers long into the future. The Board is confident that Mitch’s experience as a seasoned NJM executive, industry veteran, and strategic planner, coupled with his moral conviction, make him the right person to lead NJM as it innovates and expands into new markets.”
“Leading a team that is so devoted to our customers, so faithful to our values, and so supportive of one another has been a remarkable privilege,” said Flynn. “Mitch and I have worked closely together in developing NJM’s vision for the future and strategic plan over the past several years. That experience, along with the expertise he’s gained in all aspects of the company as chief operating officer, positions him to successfully build on NJM’s legacy.”
“I’m honored and humbled that our Board of Directors has the confidence in me to lead this tremendous organization through the next phase of its growth,” said Livingston. “Bernie’s vision and unbridled commitment to the mission of mutuality that has been at the core of NJM’s success over the last century has positioned us well for the future. I look forward to working alongside our committed and talented employees to build on that strong foundation as we continue to serve an ever-expanding policyholder base.”Related Articles: