John M. Huff

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In February 2009, Gov. Jay Nixon appointed and the Missouri Senate confirmed John M. Huff as director of the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions and Professional Registration. The Potosi, Mo., native serves as the state's 47th director of the Department of Insurance, which was established in 1869.

An attorney, Director Huff leads the largest consumer protection agency in the state, which regulates the $34 billion insurance industry, the $112 billion state-chartered financial institutions and half a million professionals who impact Missourians' lives daily. He leads a team of 585 regulators.

Besides protecting consumers, Director Huff has overseen the transformation of department to Web-based technology, gaining efficiencies with online complaint filings, regulated entity data reporting and licensure applications and renewals. Director Huff was recently elected by his peers to serve as President–Elect of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. He assumes the role of NAIC president in 2016. The last time a Missouri insurance director headed the NAIC was in 1955.

Director Huff also has served in several other leadership roles with the NAIC, including his 2010 appointment to the U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council. He served two terms on the council – and was the first state insurance regulator to be appointed by the NAIC. The council was created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Director Huff chairs the NAIC's Reinsurance (E) Task Force, the Financial Regulation Standards and Accreditation (F) Committee and the Governance Review (EX) Task Force. He is vice chair of the NAIC/Industry Liaison Committee.

The NAIC is the U.S. standard-setting and regulatory support organization created and governed by the chief insurance regulators from the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. Through the NAIC, state insurance regulators establish standards and best practices, conduct peer review, and coordinate their regulatory oversight.

Before entering public service, Director Huff 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 European markets: London and Zurich.

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