Omaha National bolsters executive team

The carrier announces two incoming and a promotion

Omaha National bolsters executive team

Insurance News

By Ryan Smith

Omaha National Insurance Company has announced the appointments of Jim Hempel as general counsel and David Bird as vice president of accounting. The company also announced the promotion of Derrald Farnsworth-Livingston as vice president of IT infrastructure.

Hempel (pictured above) joins the company from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, where he spent more than 13 years as general counsel. His experience includes providing executive legal support and direction while managing vendor services, corporate governance, legal, and risk management programs in the insurance industry. In his new role, Hempel will advise and support the Omaha National executive leadership team in managing legal initiatives for operational teams throughout the company.

Bird (pictured below) has more than two decades of experience in the accounting and finance sector, most recently holding leadership positions at publicly traded companies in the Omaha area. He began his career in public accounting in Deloitte’s audit and insurance group. In his new role, Bird will assist the chief financial officer in overseeing the accounting, payroll and financial reporting functions. Bird is certified as a management accountant through the Institute of Management Accountants and is a licensed CPA in the state of Nebraska.

Farnsworth-Livingston (pictured below) joined Omaha National in 2019 as director of information technology. Prior to joining the company, he had 20 years of experience in crafting and implementing IT strategies, designing large-scale resilient systems, and managing technical teams.

“Dave, Jim and Derrald exemplify our strategy of developing a world-class executive leadership team to continue building Omaha National into a highly successful national insurance carrier,” said Reagan Pufall, president and CEO of Omaha National. “Their strong and broad expertise gives us an excellent foundation for the future.”

Founded in 2016, Omaha National surpassed $100 million of in-force premium in January. The company currently has more than 170 employees.

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