Lexington Insurance President and CEO Jeremy Johnson radiates a relaxed enthusiasm that reflects the insurer’s success in responding to market needs, as well as its consistent reputation among producers. National Underwriter sat down with Johnson to discuss Lexington’s progress in the year since he took the helm.

What are some of the inroads Lexington has made in the past year under your watch that you’re particularly proud of, and what are some of the market areas that exhibit real growth potential as we reach the midpoint of this year?

If you were to walk into any Lexington office, you would be struck by the level of energy and just genuine enthusiasm for Lexington, for AIG, and, frankly, for the market that we’re in. We’re very proud to be the U.S. leading excess and surplus lines market. We don’t take that lightly; we don’t get complacent about that. I would tell you that our staff prides itself on working with our customers and brokers on leveraging that freedom of rate and form to develop new products and new solutions.

I’m most proud of the innovation culture that we’re driving through Lexington. We’ve put some real discipline, some real structure behind ideation. We’ve developed an internal crowdsourcing approach, if you like, to innovation to drive ideation from the field and our pipeline of products has never been more robust. We have dozens and dozens of products in the pipeline, so I’m very proud of that.

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Shawn Moynihan

Shawn Moynihan is Editor-in-Chief of National Underwriter Property & Casualty. A St. John’s University alum, Moynihan has earned 11 Jesse H. Neal Awards, the Pulitzers of the business press; seven Azbee Awards, from the American Society of Business Press Editors; two Folio Awards; and a SABEW award, from the Society of American Business Editors & Writers. Prior to joining ALM, he served as Managing Editor/Online Editor of journalism institution Editor & Publisher, the trade bible of the newspaper industry. Moynihan also has held editorial positions with AOL, Metro New York, and Newhouse Newspapers. He can be reached at [email protected]

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