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President and CEO 


John is President and CEO of Maine Employers’ Mutual Insurance Company (MEMIC), based in Portland, Maine, and MEMIC Indemnity Company, with offices in Manchester, NH; Glastonbury, CT; Albany, NY; Weehawken, NJ; West Conshohocken, PA; Tampa, FL and Tysons Corner, VA.


He began with MEMIC in 1993, the company’s first year, after a lengthy career with The Travelers, where he led the Commercial Lines Agency Marketing and Underwriting Division. MEMIC customers now account for approximately 65 percent of the commercial workers’ compensation premium in Maine. MEMIC Indemnity is licensed in 46 states and is growing in market share consistent with its business plan. Under John’s direction, The MEMIC Group maintains an “A” rating as determined by A.M. Best.


John was the 2011-12 Board Chair for the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI), the leading ratemaking organization in the workers’ compensation insurance industry and also served on its Nominating and Governance Committee. He is also the 2013-14 Chairman of the Board of ACORD, the global standards setting organization serving the insurance industry, and serves on its Executive Committee. John also serves as Board Chair of the National Workers’ Compensation Reinsurance Association. He is a former President of the American Association of State Compensation Insurance Funds (AASCIF) and Chairman of its Executive Committee. AASCIF members write approximately $17 billion annually in workers’ compensation premium throughout Canada and the U.S. 


Currently, he is also on the Board of Directors of MEMIC, MEMIC Indemnity Company, MEMIC Casualty Company, and the Pine Tree Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He received the Distinguished Citizen Award presented by the Pine Tree Council in 2001, and in 2003 was inducted into the Maine Business Hall of Fame. He serves as Executive Vice President of the Board of the American Society of Workers’ Comp Professionals, Inc. (AMCOMP), an organization dedicated to education in the workers' compensation industry. He was the 2008 recipient of the Legends Award conferred on him by AMCOMP.


John is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) as well as Trustee of the Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) and is now a member of the PSO’s President's Council. He also served nine years on the Board of Trustees for Mercy Hospital and the Mercy Health System of Maine and on the Board of Directors of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce.


A graduate of Siena College, he is an advocate of continuing education and has completed executive development programs at Penn State University, the University of Illinois and the University of Michigan. John is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), and later received his certification as a registered representative (stockbroker) completing Series 7 and 24. He currently serves on the Board of the Foundation for Maine’s Community College System and previously served as a Trustee of St. Joseph’s College and on the Advisory Board to the University of Southern Maine’s School of Business.

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John Leonard