Christopher J. Swift, Bus Ad ’83, was elected to the Marquette Univeristy Board of Trustees in 2017. He is chairman and CEO of The Hartford, a 200-year-old national leader in property and casualty insurance, group benefits and mutual funds. Swift is responsible for the company’s strategy and growth, its capital allocation, and the company’s performance, culture and leadership.
Swift joined The Hartford in 2010 and served as executive vice president and chief financial officer through 2014. In that position, Swift played a central role in the company’s financial turnaround and strategic transformation. Previously, Swift held senior leadership and finance roles at American International Group (AIG). He began his career in public accounting at KPMG LLP, focused on financial services, and was eventually appointed head of its global insurance industry practice.
Swift earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Marquette University and is a certified public accountant. He has been a long-standing supporter of diversity and inclusion in the insurance industry, including his role as the former executive sponsor of the Professional Women’s Network at
The Hartford and his current role on the board of Catalyst.
He is chairman of the board of the American Insurance Association, sits on the board of the Insurance Information Institute and is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at the Villanova School of Business. Swift is also a member of the Business Council, the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Financial Services Roundtable, the International Insurance Society and the Insurance Development Forum. Chris is a member of the Marquette University President’s Society.