John Rottkamp BSBA 1995
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John Rottkamp BSBA 1995

John RoffkampJohn T. Rottkamp is Chief Underwriting Officer for Cigna Corporation.  Mr. Rottkamp assumed this role in August 2013 and is responsible for managing the growth, profitability and risk profile of Cigna's product lines.  Prior to this role, Mr. Rottkamp served as a Vice President of Finance since February of 2012 where he worked closely with the business in setting strategic priorities and positioning the financial organization to support execution and analyze results.  He joined Cigna as an actuarial analyst in 1994 and has served in various positions of increasing responsibilities across the organization.  Mr. Rottkamp is a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries and a Member in the American Academy of Actuaries.  Below John shares his experience at the Barney School of Business and how his career as an actuary has evolved.

My how time flies!  It seems like just yesterday I was on “the tour” with my parents checking out colleges and universities across the northeast.  At that time I had an inkling that I wanted to pursue actuarial science – the job had been rated (and still is) as the number one occupation on many lists.  I had the opportunity to explore the campus, meet with some faculty of the Barney school and familiarize myself with the geographical area.  The school quickly became my top choice and I entered as a freshman majoring in actuarial science in the fall of 1991.

I was drawn to the actuarial profession because my math skills were strong and I was very interested in business - the actuarial profession is a great blending of the two.  The fact that the actuarial program is located within the business school at Barney is something that was different and a selling point – something that I came to more fully appreciate once I was into my career.  I firmly believe I was better positioned early on in my career because of the strong economics, insurance, management, accounting and marketing background I received while at the University of Hartford.

The faculty of the Barney School, and the University as a whole, provided great support during and after my time on campus.  The diverse experiences and backgrounds of the faculty provided different perspectives on business and challenged me to think on my own vs. simply adopting a textbook view of the world.  The faculty was always very approachable and genuinely interested in my development and success.  The classroom, extracurricular activities and social experiences I gained during my time contributed greatly to shaping the person that I am today.

The location of Hartford brought so many potential employers within reach.  Early during my freshman year, I remember driving around the local area with friends when we came upon the entrance of Cigna (just up the road from the University).  At the time I knew little other than Cigna was an insurance company and that is where actuaries often work.  The campus looked great - large buildings, softball fields, volleyball courts, etc…  I remember telling my friends that maybe someday I would work there.  I was fortunate enough to get an actuarial internship with Cigna for the summer after my junior year and was able to balance a part-time role during my senior year.  I never broke stride after that, did not even interview anywhere else for a role after graduation and earlier this year I passed my 20 year anniversary with Cigna.

Today, I have the privilege of leading a team of over a thousand talented colleagues and the responsibility of setting prices for over $20 billion in revenue.  As my career has continued to progress, I find myself managing less core actuarial functions, but I attack all challenges in a very analytical sense rooted in my actuarial background.  Our industry and the business world in general are very dynamic these days.  In times of change and uncertainty the skills of actuaries are in great demand.

As I think about the next 20 years of my career, I am looking forward to working with The University to give back and help build on the advantages that I was able to leverage.  And I am looking forward to the future when my kids are of the age to go on the “college tour” and hope they are as lucky as I was to have gotten such a great start to my career.