President of Admitted Carriers
John Baird is the President of AmeriTrust Group, Inc.’s Admitted Carriers: Star Insurance Company, Ameritrust Insurance Corporation, and Williamsburg National Insurance Company. He has 32 years of property casualty experience, building core competencies in regional and corporate strategic planning, M&A experience including due diligence and carrier integration work, operational management, talent management, and financial management. Mr. Baird has served as a member of AmeriTrust’s management team as it earned two upgrades from AM Best in two years, achieving its current A- rating. In addition, under Mr. Baird’s leadership, the company’s Admitted Carriers division has transformed from a Program Carrier to a Specialty Carrier.
Prior to this appointment, Mr. Baird was the Regional Vice President of Liberty Mutual Group. In that role, he managed commercial underwriting and distribution operations for the states of Indiana and Michigan, along with serving as a member of the executive team, with oversight of the Midwest Region, encompassing a nine-state geography. He also served on the Board of Directors for Liberty Mutual Group companies domiciled in the state of Indiana, he was an Executive Committee member serving on the Insurance Institute of Indiana’s Board of Directors, and a board member for the Indiana Insurance Guaranty Association.
Mr. Baird obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Insurance from Ferris State University in 1989. He began his insurance career as a Commercial Rater with Ohio Casualty in Royal Oak, Michigan. Mr. Baird completed Ohio Casualty’s Underwriter Training Program in 1991, after which he held commercial field positions in underwriting and marketing. He became an Ohio Casualty Executive Officer for Personal Lines in 2001, supporting the reorganization of Personal Lines operations. In this role, he was responsible for underwriting and distribution operations for the western half of the United States. In 2005, he became the Marketing Vice President for Personal Lines. He also attended Xavier University Executive Program in the class of 2006 and 2007.
In 2007, Liberty Mutual purchased Ohio Casualty, and Mr. Baird became Regional Vice President for Commercial Lines, overseeing underwriting and distribution operations for Ohio and Kentucky. In 2012, Mr. Baird became Regional Vice President for the Midwest region of Business Insurance.