IIHS Names PEMCO’s Stan McNaughton Chair of Board of Directors

McNaughton takes over from Dan Clapp, EVP, Shelter Insurance Companies (Columbia, Mo.), who remains on the Board.

(1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera. Image credit: Ryanandlenny/Wikipedia.)

Stan McNaughton, president and CEO, PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company (Seattle), has been elected chair of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS; Arlington, Va.) Board of Directors for 2022. McNaughton takes over from Dan Clapp, EVP, Shelter Insurance Companies (Columbia, Mo.), who remains on the Board.

Stan McNaughton, President and CEO, PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company.

“I am honored to chair the Board for IIHS after partnering with this innovative organization for more than three decades,” McNaughton says. “Dan Clapp helped lead IIHS through the extraordinary task of navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, working with IIHS leadership to ensure the organization continued to fulfill its mission. I’m grateful for his leadership, and I’m excited to expand upon the strong foundation he and the IIHS team have built.”

PEMCO and IIHS have a long history beginning in 1991 when McNaughton, then a PEMCO executive, sustained a neck injury in a crash and wondered whether his vehicle’s low head restraint was partly to blame. Short head restraints were common at the time, but there was a lack of research on head restraint height.

PEMCO donated two Oldsmobile Cutlass Cieras to IIHS for the first rear crash tests. The tests showed that head restraints positioned no lower than the crash test dummy’s ears significantly reduced the whiplash effect. In the years that followed, IIHS began conducting static evaluations of head restraint geometry and later added sled testing of vehicle seats and head restraints to its ratings.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Stan as our Board chair,” comments David Harkey, president of IIHS and HLDI. “Thanks to his long involvement with IIHS, Stan brings to this role a deep understanding of our mission, along with a wealth of knowledge about the insurance industry.”

David Harkey, President, IIHS and HLDI.

The Board’s new chair-elect is Scott Ziegler, business leader at Progressive Insurance, and the vice chair is Kristina (Kriss) Barronton, VP, auto product line, at USAA. Ziegler will serve as chair-elect for 2022 and will take over as board chair in 2023.

Other current IIHS Board members are:

Neil Alldredge, president and CEO, National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies

Allen Anderson, SVP and chief underwriting officer, personal lines, Selective Insurance

Michael Arnold, operations VP, property and casualty claims, State Farm Insurance Companies

Dan Clapp, EVP, Shelter Insurance Companies

Cody Cook, SVP, claims, Erie Insurance Group

Todd Davis, VP, personal lines field product, Nationwide

Brian Deephouse, VP, membership and insurance product management, Auto Club Enterprises

Ben Ewbank, personal auto product lead, The Hartford

Daniel Halsey, president, personal lines, The Hanover Insurance Group

David Harkey, president, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Jeffery Hay, chief underwriting officer, Donegal Insurance Group

Jim Litherland, regional product manager, CHUBB

Robert Lyon, president and CEO, Rockingham Insurance

James MacPhee, president, COO, Liberty Mutual Insurance

Chris Malone, SVP and CFO, NJM Insurance Group

John McCaskill, SVP, property and casualty underwriting, American National

Rob McDade, SVP, property casualty, COUNTRY Financial

Ted Murphy, COO, Amica Mutual Insurance Company

Tim Nee, COO, The Responsive Auto Insurance Company

Holly Reston, senior executive, underwriting, North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company

Don Robinson, VP, underwriting, product management and data science, GEICO Corporation

David A. Sampson, president and CEO, American Property Casualty Insurance Association

Duane Sanders, EVP and president, property and casualty division, Kemper Corporation

James Sutton, head of auto product, Farmers Insurance Group

Todd Walker, chief actuary, CSAA Insurance Group

Bill Westrate, president and CEO, American Family Insurance

Andrew Woods, VP. personal lines—research and development, The Travelers Companies, Inc.

Floyd M. Yager, SVP. product and experience design, Allstate Insurance Company

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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 AnthODonnell@IIReporter.com or (503) 936-2803.

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