The Hartford has announced that it has appointed Donna James (pictured) to its board of directors. James will serve on the board’s Finance, Investment and Risk Committee. Her appointment takes effect February 17.
“Donna brings extensive insurance industry experience in a range of functions, including accounting, investing, operations, treasury and human resources,” said Christopher Swift, chairman and CEO of The Hartford. “She also served as an advisor to former President Obama and Congress on the economic growth and development of women business owners. We look forward to having her join the board as we focus on product and innovation, underwriting expertise and the customer experience, as well as attracting and retaining the talent needed for long-term success.”
James is president and CEO of Lardon & Associates, a business-advisory firm that specializes in corporate governance, new business development, strategy, and financial and risk management. She spent 25 years at Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, ending her tenure there as president of strategic investments. Prior to that, she held several other positions including chief administrative officer, chief human resources officer, assistant to the CEO, and director of operations and treasury services. James is a certified public accountant. She began her career as an auditor at Coopers & Lybrand.
In October 2010, President Barack Obama appointed James to be chairwoman of the National Women’s Business Council, a non-partisan advisory council to the president, Congress and the Small Business Administration. She held the post until June 2013.
James also serves on the boards of Boston Scientific Corporation and L Brands. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University.