Ascot Group Names Elizabeth Johnson Group COO

Johnson lead Ascot’s global operational support organization while overseeing technology, business intelligence, and communications and marketing functions.

(Elizabeth Johnson, COO, Ascot Group.)

Ascot Group (Pembroke, Bermuda) has announced the appointment of Elizabeth Johnson as Group Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. Johnson will be responsible for leading the company’s global operational support organization while also overseeing the Ascot technology, business intelligence, and communications and marketing functions. She will continue to report to Jonathan Zaffino, Group CEO and President.

Jonathan Zaffino, Group CEO and President, Ascot Group.

“Since joining the company nearly four years ago, Elizabeth has consistently demonstrated the strategic vision and execution skills needed to drive and support our Group’s success,” comments Zaffino. “Her efforts have been instrumental in enhancing our operational efficiencies and underwriting discipline, and in delivering advancements in our IT capabilities. Elizabeth is a strong advocate of our authentic culture and embodies the Ascot Way through collaborative engagement, strong leadership, and a commitment to exemplary execution in all areas of the business.”

Johnson joined the Ascot in 2020 as Chief Underwriting Officer, North America, and in 2022, was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, North America, responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of an integrated underwriting, data, and operational organization for the region.

Prior to joining Ascot, Johnson was Managing Director at Nationwide (Columbus, Ohio) and spent nearly two decades at AIG, where she held several senior underwriting and management roles. She has extensive property/casualty industry experience and an excellent track record of developing and leading successful business operations.

Enhancing Underwriting and Operational Excellence Globally

“I am honored to take on the role of Group COO at Ascot and look forward to building upon the strong operational foundations set forth by our regional leadership teams to both align and further enhance our underwriting and operational excellence across the globe,” Johnson says. “I look forward to partnering with Jon, our Global Executive Committee and our business and functional leaders to help Ascot achieve both our strategic ambitions and near-term goals.”

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Anthony R. O’Donnell // Anthony O'Donnell is Executive Editor of Insurance Innovation Reporter. For nearly two decades, he has been an observer and commentator on the use of information technology in the insurance industry, following industry trends and writing about the use of IT across all sectors of the insurance industry. He can be reached at or (503) 936-2803.

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