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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NAIC ELECTS 2012 OFFICERS

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Nov. 4, 2011) — Members of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) today elected its 2012 officers:

President: Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin M. McCarty
President-Elect: Louisiana Insurance Commissioner James J. Donelon
Vice President: North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm
Secretary-Treasurer: Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica J. Lindeen

The newly elected officers will assume their duties on Jan. 1, 2012.

Kevin M. McCarty is the Commissioner of the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. McCarty became Florida's first appointed insurance commissioner in January 2003. He is responsible for Florida's insurance market, including oversight of company solvency, policy forms and rates, market investigations and new insurance business. McCarty began his career in public service in 1988, becoming an expert in workers' compensation issues with the Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security. McCarty earned a bachelor's degree in political science and a J.D. from the University of Florida.

James J. Donelon was appointed Louisiana Insurance Commissioner in February 2006 and has been elected three times to the position. A retired State Judge Advocate for the Louisiana Army National Guard, Donelon's career at the Department of Insurance includes serving as Chief Deputy Commissioner and Executive Counsel. He is also a former Parish Council Chairman and State Representative where he chaired the Committee on Insurance. Donelon is a graduate of the University of New Orleans and Loyola School of Law.

Adam Hamm was appointed North Dakota Insurance Commissioner in October 2007 and was elected to a four-year term in November 2008. He currently serves as Chair of the NAIC Life Insurance and Annuities Committee, and Chair of NAIC's Audit Committee. Prior to becoming commissioner, he served as a prosecutor for the Cass County State's Attorney's office. Hamm also worked as an attorney in private practice specializing in commercial litigation, administrative agency law and transportation law. Hamm is a graduate of Sam Houston State University and received his Juris Doctorate degree with distinction from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1998.

Monica J. Lindeen was elected Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, Montana State Auditor in November 2008. Lindeen is Vice-Chair of the NAIC Health Insurance and Managed Care Committee, Chair of the NAIC Designation Program Advisory Board, a member of the NAIC Executive Committee and Audit Committee, and serves on a number of task forces related to implementing health insurance reform. Lindeen served in the Montana House of Representatives from 1999-2006. From 1994-1996, she was a part-time faculty member in the Montana State University (MSU) Billings English Department and taught simultaneously as a graduate assistant in the Department of Educational Foundations. Lindeen earned a bachelor's degree in English/History from MSU Billings.

2012 ZONE OFFICERS ELECTED

NAIC members also elected 2012 zone officers during the Fall National Meeting. The newly elected zone officers will assume their duties on Jan. 1, 2012.

Midwestern Zone

  • Chair: John M. Huff - Missouri Department of Insurance Fin. Institutions & Prof. Registration (DIFP)
  • Vice Chair: Stephen W. Robertson - Indiana Department of Insurance
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Ted Nickel - State of Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance

Northeastern Zone

  • Chair: Thomas B. Considine - New Jersey Department of Banking & Insurance
  • Vice Chair: Joseph G. Murphy - Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation Massachusetts Division of Insurance Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Thomas B. Leonardi - Connecticut Insurance Department

Southeastern Zone

  • Chair: Jim L. Ridling – Alabama Department of Insurance
  • Vice Chair: Wayne Goodwin – North Carolina Department of Insurance
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Sharon P. Clark – Kentucky Department of Insurance

Western Zone

  • Chair: Christina Urias – Arizona Department of Insurance
  • Vice Chair: Gordon Ito – Hawaii Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs Insurance Division
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Eleanor Kitzman – Texas Department of Insurance

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