Russell “Russ” Johnston
President, P&C Commercial Lines, Excess & Surplus, Specialty
Russ Johnston serves as President of Nationwide’s Commercial Lines, Excess & Surplus and Specialty businesses. He joined Nationwide in 2021 after serving as Chief Executive Officer of QBE North America.
Nationwide is the 10th largest commercial insurer in the United States and the 6th largest US-domiciled excess and surplus insurer. (AM Best 2021)
In a career that includes more than 35 years of experience leading insurance organizations, Russ has served in a variety of executive roles, including Chief Operating Officer of AIG’s US Commercial Business, President of Casualty Americas, CEO of AIG Environmental and President of AIG Risk Management. He began his insurance career as a commercial underwriting trainee at Chubb. Russ was also the founder of AIG’s first onshore rent-a-captive facility in Vermont.
A graduate of Syracuse University, Russ is active in both the industry and the community, serving on the boards of directors of CyberAcuView, Geneva Re, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County and is the former Board Chair of the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI).