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Fall 2016

The Barney School Board of Visitors Alumni Hall of Fame Inductions will take place on Thursday, October 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the 1877 Club. This year’s inductees are Jonathan Bennett, Chief Financial Officer & Head of Strategy for Property & Casualty at The Hartford and Mark Lieb, Founder, President and CEO of Spectrum Asset Management.

Meet our Fall 2016 Inductees

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Jonathan Bennett is the Chief Financial Officer & Head of Strategy for Property & Casualty and Group Benefits at The Hartford.  As a strategic business partner and trusted financial advisor to the leadership team, he is focused on strategy, profitability and growth of these businesses.  Bennett is also a member of the Finance senior leadership team for the enterprise.

Most recently, Bennett was the Executive Vice President of Digital Commerce & Customer Analytics for The Hartford.  In this role, he directed all digital strategy and execution for the enterprise, and was accountable for developing customer insights to drive The Hartford’s business direction and growth.
From December 2005 to July 2010, Bennett served as the Executive Vice President of Personal & Small Business Insurance for The Hartford.  He was responsible for growth and profit of the auto, home and small commercial business, as well Operations and Product Development for the property and casualty division. 

Bennett joined The Hartford in April 1999 as the Staff Assistant to the Chairman and CEO.  In March 2000, he was named Vice President of Corporate Development, and subsequently, he led the Property and Casualty eBusiness Ventures team.

 In January 2002, Bennett joined the Personal Lines organization to lead the Product Management department.  And in April 2003, he was named Senior Vice President, Personal Lines Division, with overall responsibility for The Hartford’s Auto and Homeowners business.

 Bennett worked at CIGNA from 1994 to 1999, serving as Vice President and Product Manager in charge of the institutional fund strategy at CIGNA’s Retirement Division.  He also held positions in Strategy and Marketing and as a Product Manager for corporate-owned life insurance.

 Prior to CIGNA, Bennett worked at Arthur Andersen LLP as an auditor and consultant.

 Bennett holds an M.S. in Accounting from the Barney School of Business and a B.A. in Economics from Connecticut College. He is also a CPA.

palerminoMark Lieb is Founder, President and CEO of Spectrum Asset Management.  Spectrum is a world-leading manager of preferred securities, with over US$19 billion in assets, and is a wholly owned and independently run affiliate and a member of the Principal Financial Group®. Mark was previously a founder of DBL Preferred Management and at Drexel Burnham Lambert.

“A finance class research project was the nexus of my expertise in preferred securities. The knowledge that I gained has never been more timely as favorable risk adjusted returns in preferred securities are quite compelling today in light of global market conditions.”

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