Russell “Russ” Johnston
President, E&S / Specialty
Russ Johnston joined Nationwide in 2021 as president of our Excess and Surplus/Specialty (E&S/S) business. Nationwide E&S/S is one of the largest E&S/Specialty companies in the United States—having a strong position within the industry with over $4 billion in direct written premium, anchored by deep relationships with distribution partners, a strong capital position and a solid brand reputation.
Prior to joining Nationwide, Russ was Chief Executive Officer of QBE North America, a $4 billion premium company writing program, specialty, and commercial insurance. In a career that includes more than 30 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.
A graduate of Syracuse University, Russ is active in both the industry and the community, serving on the boards of directors of organizations including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County and the National Council on Compensation Insurance.