Christopher J. Swift
Christopher J. Swift, Bus Ad ’83, was elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees in 2017.
He is chairman and chief executive officer of The Hartford, a national leader in property and casualty insurance, group benefits and mutual funds, founded in 1810. He is responsible for the company’s strategy and growth, capital allocation, performance, culture and leadership. Swift leads the company at a time of unprecedented technological innovation and continues to sharpen The Hartford’s competitive advantages through the use of data, analytics and digital technology to meet the needs of consumers today and in the future.
As CEO, Swift has focused on expanding 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.
As a longtime supporter of racial and gender equity, he was an early signatory to the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion Pledge and serves on the Governing Committee for its Racial Equity Fellowship initiative. He is a Catalyst CEO Champion for Change and is partnering with the Connecticut Treasurer’s Corporate Call to Action, which is committed to advancing racial and economic opportunity within companies and throughout communities.
In addition, Swift has been on the forefront of CEOs discussing the need for public-private partnership to address the opioid crisis — advocating for public policy reforms and encouraging business leaders to help dispel the addiction stigma that is fueling the crisis.
He is on the executive committee and the board of directors of the American Property Casualty Insurance Association. He is also a member of The Business Council; Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose; Council on Foreign Relations; and The Geneva Association.
Swift joined The Hartford in March 2010 as executive vice president and chief financial officer. 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.
Swift is a member of the Marquette University Archbishop Henni Founders Society and the Marquette University President’s Society.