Great American Insurance Group Announces Leadership Succession Plans

David Thompson

Great American Insurance Group is pleased to announce that David L. Thompson Jr. has been named President and Chief Operating Officer of Great American’s Property & Casualty (P&C) Group, effective February 1, 2022. Mr. Thompson will become the 18th President in Great American’s 150-year history, assuming this title from Gary J. Gruber. Mr. Gruber has held the position of President and Chief Operating Officer for the past five years and served as Executive Vice President from 2010-2016. He recently announced that he will retire effective April 1, 2022, after nearly 45 years of distinguished service with the company.

Carl H. Lindner III, Co-Chief Executive Officer, American Financial Group, stated, “We are pleased to promote David Thompson to President and Chief Operating Officer of Great American. David’s executive leadership experience overseeing numerous Great American specialty P&C operations positions us well for growth and success. We are grateful for Gary’s significant contributions to Great American over many years and wish him good health and happiness in retirement.”

Mr. Thompson has served as Executive Vice President of the P&C Group since 2019. He joined Great American in 2006 and since that time, has held various positions of increasing responsibility within the organization, including Divisional President. In 2014, David assumed senior reporting officer responsibilities as a Divisional Group President and was promoted in 2017 to Senior Vice President. While in these roles, he has worked directly with numerous specialty property and casualty businesses as well as several shared service functions, including Reinsurance, Predictive Analytics and the Dempsey & Siders Insurance Agency.

Mr. Thompson is a graduate of Wheaton College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Economics.

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