The Board of Directors of the National Conference of Guaranty Funds (NCIGF) has elected D. Keith Bell of The Travelers Companies, Inc., as the NCIGF’s new board chairman.
Bell assumed the two-year board chairmanship at the NCIGF’s 2019 Annual Meeting in Chicago on May 1. He has served on the NCIGF board since 2003. He was the NCIGF board’s vice chair from 2016 to 2018. Keith Bell is Senior Vice President, Accounting Policy, Corporate Finance at The Travelers Companies, Inc. He is responsible for setting accounting policy, monitoring the development of accounting standards, and interacting with insurance accounting standard setters. Prior to joining Travelers, he held similar responsibilities for Aetna, Inc. (formerly Aetna Life & Casualty). Bell has worked in the insurance and financial services industry for over twenty-five years. He has a B.S. degree in accounting from Illinois State University and is a certified public accountant. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Rhode Island Society of CPAs. He has co-chaired the insurance industry committee on statutory accounting for the last ten years. Bell is a contributing author to the IASA Property-Casualty Insurance Accounting textbook and has authored several articles in insurance trade publications. Additionally, he has been active on several NAIC advisory committees, the American Council of Life Insurance’s Accounting Committees, and is currently chairman of the American Insurance Association Committee on Financial Management Issues.
Keith Bell has served with NCIGF for many years and, along with his role on the NCIGF board, he is currently an active member of the Accounting, Finance, and Public Policy Committees and Vice Chair of the Executive Committee. During his presentation at the 2019 Annual Conference where he was voted in as the new chairman, Bell highlighted the history of the guaranty fund system as well as where he believes the system is headed in the future and how the community will continue to achieve its top priority of keeping the insurance promise.