John M. Huff

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On Feb. 6, 2009, Gov. Jay Nixon appointed John M. Huff, a native of Potosi, Mo., as director of the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration. He was confirmed by the Missouri Senate on Feb. 19.

An attorney, Director Huff leads the department that protects consumers through the regulation of professionals and businesses that impact Missourians’ lives daily. The department regulates more than half a million insurance companies, banks, doctors, nurses and others. He leads a team of 550 employees.

One of his top priorities is using technology to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of license applications, renewals, complaints, enforcement actions and board and commission nominations.

In September 2010, Director Huff was appointed to the U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. He is the only insurance regulator on the council, which was created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Director Huff serves as chair of the NAIC Financial Regulation Standards and Accreditation (F) Committee. The committee establishes and maintains standards in promoting sound insurance company financial solvency regulations. In addition, the committee evaluates the accreditation program to ensure it meets the standards of the changing regulatory environment. He also serves as chair of the NAIC Reinsurance (E) Task Force, and the newly formed NAIC Governance Review (EX) Task Force. Director Huff also serves as vice chair of the NAIC/Industry Liaison Committee.

Before entering public service, he spent 11 years as an executive with leading insurers and reinsurers, including Swiss Re and GE Insurance Solutions. At these companies, he led global teams and was stationed in two different European markets: London and Zurich.

Director Huff earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Southeast Missouri State University. He earned an MBA at Saint Louis University, and his Juris Doctor degree from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He and his wife and daughter live in Columbia.

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