Press Release

Great American Insurance Group Announces Leadership Promotions within its Property & Casualty Group

CINCINNATI – January 17, 2023 – Great American Insurance Group is pleased to announce the promotion of Brian D. DeSoto, Carrie A. Little and Richard (Rich) L. Suter to the role of Divisional Group President, effective January 9, 2023.

Mr. DeSoto started his career with Great American in the Corporate Claims Division in 2008. In 2010, he joined Great American Risk Solutions, formerly the Specialty E&S Division. Since that time, he has held positions of increasing responsibility and was promoted to Divisional President in January 2021. With this promotion, in addition to serving as Divisional President of Great American Risk Solutions, Mr. DeSoto will now assume reporting responsibilities for Great American’s Environmental Division and Mid-Continent Group.

Mr. DeSoto graduated AB cum laude from Harvard College and earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Oregon School of Law.

Mrs. Little joined Great American in 2004 as a Business Analyst. In 2006, she transitioned to the Company’s leadership development program and was placed within the Specialty Human Services Division. During her tenure within Specialty Human Services, she held various leadership roles of increasing responsibility and most recently served as Divisional Senior Vice President. In this new role, she will oversee the Accident & Health, Surety Bonds, Public Sector, Excess Liability and Innovative Markets Divisions and Great American’s Loss Control services.

Mrs. Little earned a Bachelor of Science from Miami University of Ohio and a Master in Business Administration from Xavier University. She also holds the Associate in Claims (AIC) and the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designations.

Mr. Suter joined Great America’s Alternative Markets Division in 2012. Since that time, he has served in a variety of leadership roles within the division. He was promoted to Divisional President in 2017. Mr. Suter will continue to serve in this role with the additional responsibilities of overseeing Great American’s Strategy & Innovation, New Revenue & Strategic Partnerships and Agency & Broker Relations functions.

Mr. Suter earned a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point and his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Temple University School of Law. He holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation and has 30 years of insurance industry experience.

About Great American Insurance Group

Great American Insurance Group’s roots go back to 1872 with the founding of its flagship company, Great American Insurance Company. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, the operations of Great American Insurance Group are engaged primarily in property and casualty insurance, focusing on specialized commercial products for businesses. Great American Insurance Company has received an “A” (Excellent) or higher rating from the A.M. Best Company for more than 110 years and is currently rated “A+” (Superior). The members of Great American Insurance Group are subsidiaries of American Financial Group, Inc. (AFG), also based in Cincinnati, Ohio. AFG’s common stock is listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFG.


Diane P. Weidner, IRC
Vice President, Investor & Media Relations
American Financial Group, Inc.


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