Munich Re US Holding
With more than 37 years of experience in the insurance industry, Tony Kuczinski is responsible for Munich Re’s property & casualty insurance, reinsurance and specialty insurance businesses in the United States.
“When I began my current role as CEO, I had to execute a strategic plan requiring massive changes in thinking,” he says. “The goal was taking a well-respected, relatively large, singular channel reinsurer and transforming it into a powerhouse – a multi-channel, broader industry player.”
Kuczinski’s success would be measured by premium, profits, return on capital, innovation and thought leadership. “This goal required a change in corporate culture and mindset, as well as a radical shift in our support of clients and distribution partners, and better leveraging of the broader platform and the Munich Re Group while having a keen focus on both organic and inorganic drivers of growth,” he says. “Successfully leading this extremely challenging transformation over 13 years, which continues today, has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career.”
Kuczinski holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pace University and has completed the advanced executive education program in conjunction with the AICPCU and the Wharton School. During his 32 years at Munich Re, he has held various roles. Prior to assuming his current position in January 2008, he was president of the specialty markets division of Munich Reinsurance America and president of American Alternative Insurance Corporation and the Princeton Excess and Surplus Lines Insurance Company.
Kuczinski has also been active in several insurance industry associations throughout his career, including serving as chair of the American Property Casualty Insurance Association, Reinsurance Association of America and The Institutes.
A strategic and forward-thinking leader and a perpetual learner, Kuczinski isn’t afraid to ask tough questions. “I’m consistently willing to challenge myself and my views, which is especially vital in our current fast-paced, whitewater world,” he says. “I consider myself to be a humble and authentic leader who connects well with people at all levels and gains energy from others. Few things take me by surprise. While I consider history to be important in how it teaches and shapes us, I believe good leaders need to focus as much, if not more so, on what lies ahead and in navigating a path forward.”