Barbara Bufkin, President

 

bufkin_barbara_6292_130x150 Barbara Bufkin, President
Assurant
(214) 766-2875 (T)
barbara.bufkin@assurant.com
Barbara Bufkin, Executive Head of Business Development, Commercial Lines, Assurant

Barbara’s nearly 4 four decades in the insurance and reinsurance industry has spanned executive leadership roles on a global platform encompassing Operational & Strategic responsibilities including underwriting, claims, risk management/corporate governance, ceded and assumed reinsurance, business and product development, while fostering a culture of innovation, mentorship, sponsorship and diverse talent.

Assurant:
Barbara is the Executive Head of Business Development in the Lending Solutions Group. She is responsible for developing growth strategies, originating and fostering strategic partnerships, and creating innovative product solutions.

Hamilton USA: Barbara Bufkin was one of the founding members of the US leadership team, joining the company at its launch in September 2014, in a first of its kind InsurTech startup, reporting to the CEO.

Barbara was a strategic partner in every aspect of the company including business development, products, programs, new-‐age user interfaces for both agents and underwriters, origination and implementation of minimum viable products with strategic business partners. Barbara pioneered the development of an omni channel distribution plan, working in a “sprint culture” with data, analytics and technologists. Barbara was responsible for structuring and execution of ceded reinsurance and recruiting, sponsoring and leading top millennial talent.

In her role on the Executive Steering Committee, she was instrumental in the strategic design, organizational structure, final business plan, and launch of Attune, a technology-enabled small business platform, with joint venture partners AIG and Two Sigma.

Barbara joined Guy Carpenter & Company, LLC in August 2013 as Chief Operating Officer of Global Strategic Advisory. Prior to joining Guy Carpenter, Barbara served as Executive Vice President with Argo International Holdings, Ltd. In 2007, Barbara served as President of Peleus Re, the first of Argo Group’s international specialty segments. Prior to Argo, she served as Director of Swiss Re New Markets, and as Chairman, President and CEO of Swiss Re subsidiaries, Facility Insurance Corporation (FIC) and Facility Insurance Holding Corporation (FIHC).

Barbara is an alumna of Leadership Texas, a past director of the Southwestern Insurance Information Service for 8 years, nominated to the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 2000, and selected to the 2004 Class of Leadership America. Bufkin was chosen as APIW 2012 Insurance Woman of the Year and was honored in 2015 by the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation with the Inclusion Champion Award. Intelligent Insurer, in 2014, 2015, 2016, has named Barbara as an Influential Woman in Re/Insurance. In 2017, she was awarded The Tangram Insurance Services Award of Woman of Distinction by Insurance Business America, and named as an Elite Women of Insurance.
Currently Barbara serves as Chair of the International Board of Governors for the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation, Chair of the Leadership Council The Institutes-Griffith Foundation, Board of Governors of Gamma Iota Sigma, First VP and Program Chair of the APIW, the Advisory Board of the Entrepreneurial Insurance Alliance and as a director of The Centre on Philanthropy, Bermuda.

Barbara attended Wheaton College, Norton, MA and graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo, cum laude with a B.A. degree in Philosophy.

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