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Richard “Richie” R. Whitt is Co-Chief Executive Officer of Markel Corporation effective January 1, 2016. Mr. Whitt oversees the Company’s International and Reinsurance divisions as well as the Underwriting, Finance, Actuarial, Information Technology, Legal and administrative functions. Prior to his promotion Mr. Whitt was Markel’s President and Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Whitt joined Markel in 1991 in finance and was promoted to Controller in 1994. He served in that role until 2001 when he assumed the position of Vice President, Treasurer and Controller. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Whitt was Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Markel’s International operations. Then from 2005 to 2010, Mr. Whitt was Markel’s Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Whitt started with KPMG in their audit practice before joining Markel and holds the CPA and CPCU designations. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech where he earned a degree in Accounting and Information Systems.

His community activities include Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council of Greater Richmond; member of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges Board of Trustees; and member of the Advisory Board for the Virginia Tech Department of Accounting and Information Systems.

David Duclos was appointed Chief Executive Officer of QBE’s North American Operations in April 2013. Prior to joining QBE, David held various management positions at XL over an 8 year period, most notably as Chief Executive of Insurance in which he was responsible for all global operations.
David has over 35 years’ experience in the insurance industry. He began his career at INA/CIGNA as an underwriter, where he spent 21 years, rising to a variety of branch, regional and national management roles.  David also worked in senior level positions at Kemper Insurance for 3 years before joining XL.
David holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Eastern Illinois University and graduated from the Advanced Insurance Executive Education Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  He lives in Exton, PA with his wife Patty and they have two grown children who live in Philadelphia and Nashville.

Dr. Ben S. Bernanke is a Distinguished Fellow in Residence with the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. From February 2006 through January 2014, he was Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Dr. Bernanke also served as Chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee, the System's principal monetary policymaking body.

Before his appointment as Chairman, Dr. Bernanke was Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, from June 2005 to January 2006. He had already served the Federal Reserve System in several roles. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 2002 to 2005.

From 1994 to 1996, Dr. Bernanke was the Class of 1926 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He was the Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Economics and Public Affairs and Chair of the Economics Department at the university from 1996 to 2002. Dr. Bernanke had been a Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton since 1985.

Before arriving at Princeton, Dr. Bernanke was an Associate Professor of Economics (1983-85) and an Assistant Professor of Economics (1979-83) at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. His teaching career also included serving as a Visiting Professor of Economics at New York University (1993) and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1989-90).

Dr. Bernanke has published many articles on a wide variety of economic issues, including monetary policy and macroeconomics, and he is the author of several scholarly books and two textbooks. He has held a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Sloan Fellowship, and he is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Bernanke served as the Director of the Monetary Economics Program of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and as a member of the NBER's Business Cycle Dating Committee. In July 2001, he was appointed Editor of the American Economic Review. Dr. Bernanke's work with civic and professional groups includes having served two terms as a member of the Montgomery Township (N.J.) Board of Education.

Dr. Bernanke was born in December 1953 in Augusta, Georgia, and grew up in Dillon, South Carolina. He received a B.A. in economics in 1975 from Harvard University (summa cum laude) and a Ph.D. in economics in 1979 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Bernanke is married and has two children.

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Mr. Dowling serves as Managing Partner of Dowling & Partners Securities, LLC, which he co-founded in January 1990, and is the Editor of that firm’s weekly insurance research publication, the IBNR Weekly. Mr. Dowling also serves as Partner of Dowling Capital Partners and is a member of the Investment Committee. In addition, Mr. Dowling is the sole manager of a private equity investment portfolio owned by the partners of Dowling & Partners. Mr. Dowling began his career with A.J.B. Zunser and Co. in 1982 as a junior insurance stock analyst. He joined Fox-Pitt Kelton in 1983 and was admitted to the FPK partnership in 1986. Mr. Dowling received a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Henry M. Paulson, Jr. served under President George W. Bush as the 74th Secretary of the Treasury from July 2006 until January 2009. As Treasury Secretary, Paulson was the President's leading policy advisor on a broad range of domestic and international economic issues.

Before going to the Treasury Department, Paulson had a thirty-two year career at Goldman Sachs, serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since the firm’s initial public offering in 1999. He is involved in a range of conservation and environmental initiatives having served as Chairman of The Peregrine Fund, Inc., Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Nature Conservancy and was Co-Chairman of its Asia/Pacific Council.

Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Paulson was a member of the White House Domestic Council, serving as Staff Assistant to the President from 1972 to 1973, and as Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon from 1970 to 1972.

Paulson graduated from Dartmouth College in 1968, where he was an English major, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and an All-Ivy, All-East football player. He received an M.B.A. from Harvard in 1970. He and his wife, Wendy, have two grown children and four grandchildren.

In February 2010, Paulson published his first book, On the Brink, detailing his experience at Treasury during the global financial crisis. In 2011, he founded and currently serves as Chairman of the Paulson Institute at the University of Chicago, which is dedicated to addressing issues of global scope with an initial emphasis on engagements designed to strengthen the crucially important relationship between the United States and China with a special focus on facilitating concrete actions by businesses and governments designed to promote cross border investment, sustainable economic growth, and a cleaner environment around the world.

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Tom Brokaw has spent his entire distinguished journalism career with NBC News beginning in 1966 in the Los Angeles bureau where he covered Ronald Reagan’s first run for public office, the rise of the Sixties counter culture, the assassination of Bobby Kennedy and the 1968 presidential campaign.

From Los Angeles, Brokaw went to Washington as the White House correspondent during Watergate and as the principal back up for John Chancellor as anchor of NBC Nightly News. Next stop: New York and TODAY followed by his appointment as anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.

He took over Meet the Press for the 2008 campaign when his close friend and colleague Tim Russert died.

In addition to his daily news gathering responsibilities, Brokaw reported on more than thirty documentaries covering subjects ranging from AIDS, Los Angeles gangs, race, education, medicine, immigration and global warming. He has an impressive list of firsts, including the first interview with Mikhail Gorbachev; the first network report on human rights abuses in Tibet accompanied by an exclusive interview with the Dali Lama; the only American network anchor to report from Berlin the night the Berlin wall came down.

In 1998 Brokaw published his first book, The Greatest Generation, one of the most popular non-fiction books of the 20th century. He followed that with five other books, including BOOM! Voices Of The Sixties and most recently, The Time Of Our Lives.

He is also a popular essayist for publications ranging from The New York Times to Rolling Stone and a wide assortment of other periodicals and newspapers. He can be heard weekdays on his daily radio segment, An American Story, on Clear Channel radio stations nationwide addressing a wide range of topics - from newsworthy current events to historic figures to notable moments in history - which impact the lives of Americans today.

Brokaw has won every major award in his craft, including Peabody, Duponts, Emmys and lifetime achievement recognition.

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Chief Executive and Deputy Chairman, Catlin Group Limited

Stephen Catlin began his insurance career in 1973 joining BL Evens & Others on Syndicate 264 at Lloyd's. In 1982 he became deputy underwriter, specialising in the excess of loss and energy accounts where he was supported as a market leader. He founded Catlin Underwriting Agencies Limited in 1984 and was the active underwriter of Syndicate 1003 and later Syndicate 2003 until May 2003. From September 1996 to January 2002, he was the Lloyd's nominated Director of Equitas Holdings Limited. He served as Chairman of the Lloyd's Market Association, the trade association representing the interests of Lloyd's underwriters and underwriting agents, from May 2000 until January 2003. He was a member of the Council of Lloyd's from 2002 to 2004 and a member of the Lloyd's Franchise Board from January 2003 until December 2006.  He was President of the Insurance Institute of London in 2010-2011.  

He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation.  

He was selected as Ernst & Young’s ‘UK Entrepreneur of the Year’ in October 2011.  

He is also Chairman of The Sick Children’s Trust, a UK charity providing accommodation for families of children who are receiving hospital treatment for serious illness.

Click here for slides from Stephen Catlin's presentation at the Summit. The book mentioned during his talk is Divided by a Common Language: A Guide to British and American English by Christopher Davies.

Robert S. Mueller, III served as the sixth Director of the FBI from September 2001 to September 2013. He was nominated by President George W. Bush and was sworn in as Director on September 4, 2001 – just one week before 9/11.

His ten-year term was extended for an additional two years at the request of President Barack Obama and pursuant to legislation passed by Congress.

Born in New York City, Mr. Mueller grew up outside of Philadelphia. He graduated from Princeton University in 1966 and later earned a master’s degree in International Relations at New York University in 1967.

After college, he joined the United States Marine Corps, where he served as an officer for three years, leading a rifle platoon of the Third Marine Division in Vietnam. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation Medals, the Purple Heart and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

Following his military service, Mr. Mueller earned a law degree from the University of Virginia Law School in 1973 and served on the Law Review.

After completing his education, Mr. Mueller worked as a litigator in San Francisco until 1976. He then served for 12 years in the United States Attorney’s Offices, first in the Northern District of California in San Francisco, where he rose to be chief of its’ criminal division. In 1982, he moved to Boston as an Assistant United States Attorney where he investigated and prosecuted major financial fraud, terrorist and public corruption cases, as well as narcotics conspiracies and international money launderers.

After serving as a partner at the Boston law firm of Hill and Barlow, Mr. Mueller returned to public service. In 1989 he served in the United States Department of Justice as an assistant to Attorney General Richard L. Thornburgh. The following year he took charge of its Criminal Division. During his tenure, he oversaw prosecutions including the conviction of Panama leader Manuel Noriega, the Lockerbie Pan Am 103 bombing case and the John Gotti mobster prosecution. In 1991, he was elected Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

In 1993, Mr. Mueller became a partner at Boston’s Hale and Dorr, specializing in complex white collar crime litigation. He returned to public service in 1995 as senior litigator in the Homicide Section of the District of Columbia United States Attorney’s Office. In 1998, Mr. Mueller was named United States Attorney in San Francisco and held that position until 2001. He then served as Acting Deputy Attorney General of the United States Department of Justice for several months before becoming FBI Director.

Currently he serves as Executive-in-Residence for Georgetown University, Consulting Professor at Stanford University’s Law School, the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Arthur and Frank Payne Distinguished Lecturer.

Mr. Mueller and his wife, Ann, have two daughters.

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President & Chief Executive Officer
Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.

Tony Kuczinski is President and Chief Executive Officer of Munich Reinsurance America, Inc., Chairman of HSB Group, Inc., and Chairman of American Modern Insurance Group, Inc.  He has overall responsibility for Munich Re’s property and casualty reinsurance and specialty insurance businesses in the U.S.  He is also a board member of Munich Re America Corporation and several of the related corporations.

During his 24+ years with Munich Reinsurance America, Tony has held various other positions.  Prior to assuming his current position in January 2008, he was President of the Specialty Markets division of Munich Reinsurance America and President of American Alternative Insurance Corporation and The Princeton Excess and Surplus Lines Insurance Company.  Tony also served as project leader of Munich Re’s U.S. Strategy Project, where he was an architect of the Group’s strategy for long-term profitable growth in the U.S.  He has over 30 years of industry experience.

Tony serves the insurance industry through participation in a number of organizations.   He is vice chair of the board and executive committee member of The Institutes, former board member and Chair of the Reinsurance Association of America, board member of the American Insurance Association, and board and executive committee member of the St. John’s University School of Risk Management Advisory Board.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New York and New Jersey State Societies of Certified Public Accountants.  He has completed the Advanced Executive Education Program in conjunction with the AICPCU and the Wharton School.  He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Pace University.

In terms of community service, Tony is the vice chair and a board member of Eden Autism Services, an organization that provides service and support to individuals with Autism and their families, and the Princeton Healthcare Foundation, the fundraising organization for Princeton Hospital.  He is a former Chair and board member of the National School Boards Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that works to promote excellence and equity in public education throughout the United States.  He resides in the United States with his wife and his three children.


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