The Institutes Risk & Insurance Knowledge Group has appointed Marita Zuraitis, chief executive officer of The Horace Mann Companies, and John Howard, CEO of Truist Insurance Holdings, Inc., as chair and vice chair, respectively, of the organization’s Board of Trustees.

“We are excited to welcome two highly experienced and engaged professionals to leadership roles in support of the vision and mission of The Institutes Knowledge Group,” said Peter Miller, CPCU, president and CEO of The Institutes Knowledge Group. “With Marita and John generously sharing their time and professional expertise, The Institutes Knowledge Group will be equipped to build our strategic capabilities and expand our global presence, while providing the best learning experience and opportunities for those interested in insurance and risk management.”

Zuraitis has served as chief executive officer of The Horace Mann Companies since 2013. She was previously President of the Property & Casualty Companies of the Hanover Insurance Group and served in leadership roles with The St. Paul/Travelers Companies. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Citizens Financial Group, Inc.

As chairman and CEO of Truist Insurance Holdings, Inc., Howard oversees the insurance brokerage and premium finance businesses. He joined Truist’s predecessor BB&T in 2012, and previously held leadership roles with Crump Group, The BISYS Group, GE Capital, Conseco, and Prudential Select Brokerage. Howard serves as vice chair of The American College of Financial Services; vice chair of advocacy for The Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers; and an overseer of the Maurice R. Greenberg School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science at St. John's University. 

“I would also like to thank our outgoing chair, Kaj Ahlmann, MSc, for his years of service to The Institutes Knowledge Group and for his guidance during the last four years,” said Miller. “The Institutes Knowledge Group has experienced unprecedented growth and diversification under his leadership, and I am most grateful for his support.”