Christopher J. Swift

Chris Swift, Chairman and CEO of The Hartford

Chairman and CEO

Christopher J. Swift is chairman and CEO of The Hartford, a national leader in property and casualty insurance, group benefits and mutual funds.
Chris Swift, Chairman and CEO of The Hartford
Swift, who was named CEO in 2014, was the driving force in the company’s transformation, resulting in a more focused, disciplined leader in property and casualty, group benefits and mutual funds. He expanded the company’s capabilities and geographic reach through organic growth and strategic investments. This includes 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.

Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

As a long-time advocate of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), Swift is the foremost champion of The Hartford’s DEI initiatives, resulting in the company’s leading board diversity, improved executive representation and top-ranked company culture. The company is a 2023 Catalyst Award winner, listed on the 2023 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index and was named as a 2022 Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. In addition to his leadership within The Hartford, Swift has promoted DEI within the broader business community. He was an early signatory to the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion Pledge and serves on the Governing Committee for its Racial Equity Fellowship initiative. He is also a Catalyst CEO Champion for Change and has signed on to Paradigm for Parity, a coalition of business leaders committed to achieving gender parity at leadership levels by 2030.

Addressing Mental Health and Addiction in the Workplace

Swift remains at the forefront of CEOs discussing the need for public-private partnerships to address mental health and addiction in the workplace. He continues to encourage business leaders to support public policy reforms and create open, inclusive work environments that dispel the stigma that blocks treatment and recovery.
Public-Private Collaboration to Address Mental Health and Addiction Crisis

Stigma Free: Ending Barriers That Prevent Mental Health and Addiction Treatment

Our research shows mental health is a significant workplace issue for U.S. employers and stigma associated with addiction and mental health inhibits treatment and recovery. That’s why The Hartford is partnering with national nonprofit partners the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Shatterproof to educate and empower companies, communities and consumers so they can be stigma-free.
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Championing Our Hometown

As The Hartford’s CEO, Swift is proud of our company’s legacy of making a positive impact in our communities and is strongly connected to the neighborhoods and businesses throughout our hometown. As a vocal advocate among the business community, he champions the City of Hartford’s revitalization and our company’s initiatives that advance equal economic, educational and workplace opportunities for our neighbors.
Social Equity

Driving Change in the Industry

In addition to his work at The Hartford, Swift is committed to making an impact on important issues, serving on many boards where he can make a difference:
  • Executive committee and the board of directors of the American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA)
  • Member of The Business Council
  • Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP)
  • Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
  • The Geneva Association
  • Board of directors for Citizen’s Financial Group, Inc.

Previous Experience

Swift joined The Hartford in March 2010 as executive vice president and chief financial officer. In that position, he played a central role in the company’s strategic transformation to focus on the P&C, group benefits and mutual funds businesses. He was also instrumental in strengthening the balance sheet through the sale of its individual life and retirement plans businesses and reducing debt.
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.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Marquette University, where he is also a trustee.

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