Michael Day and Judy Mann elected to Topa Insurance Group Board of Directors

By: Delaney O'Brien, Topa Insurance Group
Posted on: June 21, 2016

CALABASAS, Calif.-The Topa Insurance Group Board of Directors is proud to announce that it has elected both Michael Day and Judy Mann as new directors.

"Having worked with Michael in the past and known of Judy by reputation, I am very pleased that they are joining our Board," added John Donahue, President & CEO of Topa Insurance Group.  "I believe adding these two individuals will further enhance our already strong board as we position ourselves for profitable growth in a dynamic marketplace."

"We are very honored to add two such seasoned executives to our Board," said William Anderson, Vice Chairman of the Topa Insurance Group Board of Directors.  "Both Michael and Judy bring considerable expertise and strategic insights to our Board, and we are extremely fortunate to have them join our team.  We very much look forward to working with the two of them." 

Until his retirement in May 2015, Mr. Day was the Chief Financial Officer for CSAA Insurance Group (CSAA), a AAA Insurer. During his tenure with CSAA, Mr. Day was responsible for managing the company through significant transactions, including the separation of CSAA from AAA NCNU, which had been operating as a combined entity, and the acquisition of Mid-Atlantic Insurance Group. In 2010, Mr. Day was named CFO of the Year by the San Francisco Business Times.

While with CSAA Insurance Group, Mr. Day served on the board of AAA Life Insurance Company for eight years, holding roles of board chairman and board vice chairman. He also chaired the Finance and the Nominating and Governance committees. In addition, Mr. Day served on the board of the Community Safety Foundation, funded by CSAA Insurance Group. Mr. Day is currently a board member of Junior Achievement of Northern California, a not-for-profit organization focused on providing business awareness to youth. Mr. Day holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BBA in accounting from Baruch College. He is also a certified public accountant licensed in the state of New York.

Judy Mann was a Managing Director of  Swiss Re, Member of the Americas Management Team,  and  President and Chief Executive Officer of Swiss Re Underwriters Agency Inc. July 2006 until her retirement  in January 2015.

Swiss Re Underwriters (SRU) was responsible for the US broker treaty business with revenue growing from $500M to over $2B during this time.  Ms. Mann's responsibilities included key client relationships with all major reinsurance brokers and insurance companies, underwriting and pricing the business, as well as management of employees in Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago.

Ms. Mann was Chief Underwriting Officer of Swiss Re Underwriters following Swiss Re's acquisition of the California-based Underwriters Reinsurance Company in 2000. She was responsible for all operations of the traditional reinsurance team with locations in Calabasas and New York. Prior to joining Swiss Re, Ms. Mann began her career with Hartford Insurance Group and later held positions of SVP and CUO at Underwriters Reinsurance Company.

While remaining active in several industry women's groups, Ms. Mann served as a board member for the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation for three years.Ms. Mann holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics from the University of Kansas.

Topa Insurance Group is a specialty insurance platform, made up of core company Topa Insurance Company, as well as Topa Insurance Services (USVI) and Dorchester Insurance Company (USVI). The group is led by our Board of Directors, Marion Anderson, Chair, William Anderson, Vice Chair, Judith Munzig, Brenda Seuthe, John Donahue, Michael Day and Judy Mann. Topa Insurance Group is focused on underwriting profits, operation excellence and agility for continuous growth.

Delaney O'Brien
Corporate Communications Manager

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