Carl H. Lindner III was elected Co-Chief Executive Officer in January 2005. He has served as Co-President and a director of American Financial Group since March 1996. He is Chairman of Great American Insurance Company and has been principally responsible for the property and casualty insurance operations since 1987. He became involved in Great American’s property and casualty business in 1975 and worked in varying roles of increasing responsibility over the years.
S. Craig Lindner was elected Co-Chief Executive Officer in January 2005. He has served as Co-President and a director of American Financial Group since March 1996. He is Chief Executive Officer of Great American Financial Resources, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of AFG that markets traditional fixed and fixed-indexed annuities in the retail, financial institutions and education markets. Mr. Lindner also oversees the investment portfolios of AFG and its affiliated companies. He has worked in various roles within the AFG affiliated companies since 1977.
Kenneth C. Ambrecht was elected to AFG’s Board of Directors at the 2005 annual meeting of shareholders. He is a member of the Compensation Committee and Corporate Governance Committee.
Mr. Ambrecht has extensive corporate finance experience having worked in the U.S. capital markets for over 30 years. In 2005, Mr. Ambrecht resigned his position with the investment banking firm, First Albany Corporation, and organized KCA Associates LLC. KCA Associates serves as a consultant to several companies, advising them with respect to financial transactions. He served as a Managing Director with First Albany from July 2004 to December 2005. For more than five years prior, Mr. Ambrecht was a Managing Director with Royal Bank Canada Capital Markets. Prior to that post, Mr. Ambrecht worked with the investment bank Lehman Brothers as Managing Director of its capital markets division. Mr. Ambrecht is also a member of the Boards of Directors of Fortescue Metals Group Limited, an Australian mining company and Spectrum Brands, Inc., a global consumer products company.
Joseph E. (Jeff) Consolino became a Director of American Financial Group in December 2012 and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in February 2013.
From February 2013 until its acquisition by the Company in November 2016, he served as Chairman of the Board of the Company’s majority-owned subsidiary, National Interstate Corporation. In December 2015, Mr. Consolino was appointed to serve as Chairman of the Board of Neon Capital Limited (formerly Marketform Group, Ltd.), a subsidiary of the Company which operates a syndicate at Lloyd’s of London. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Consolino served as President and Chief Financial Officer of Validus Holdings, Ltd., a Bermuda-based property and casualty (re)insurance company. Mr. Consolino also served as Chief Executive Officer, President and founding Director of PαCRe Ltd., a Bermuda-based underwriter of top-layer property catastrophe (re)insurance during his time as an executive officer of Validus through December 2015, when PαCRe Ltd. ceased operations and returned all capital to its shareholders. Prior to joining Validus in March 2006, Mr. Consolino served as a managing director in Merrill Lynch’s investment banking division. While at Merrill Lynch, Mr. Consolino specialized in insurance company advisory and financing transactions. Until 2015, Mr. Consolino served on the boards of directors of Validus and PαCRe Ltd., has been a member of the Board of Overseers of the School of Risk Management at St John's University and currently serves as a director of AmWINS Group, Inc., a wholesale insurance broker based in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Virginia “Gina” C. Drosos was elected to AFG’s Board of Directors in February 2013. She is a member of the Audit and Corporate Governance Committees.
Ms. Drosos began serving as Chief Executive Officer of Signet Jewelers Limited, a specialty retail jeweler, in August 2017, after having served on the Board of Directors of the company for more than five years. She previously served as Chief Executive Officer, from 2014-2017, and President, from 2013-2017, of Assurex Health, a personalized medicine company specializing in pharmacogenomics for neuropsychiatric and other disorders. Beginning in 1987, Ms. Drosos worked for the Procter & Gamble Company, a leading multinational manufacturer of consumer packaged goods. During her 25-year career at Procter & Gamble, she held numerous positions of increasing responsibility, including as Group President of Global Female Beauty, Beauty and Grooming from 2010 until August 2011 and most recently as Group President, Global Beauty Care, until her retirement from the company in September 2012.
James E. Evans serves as an executive consultant for American Financial Group. Until December 31, 2013, he was an officer and employee of the company, most recently serving as Executive Counsel. He began his career as an attorney with Keating, Muething and Klekamp in 1970 where he spent six years. He joined American Financial Corporation (former subsidiary) in 1976 as Vice President and General Counsel. He served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Company from 1995 to 2012. Mr. Evans is a member of the Cincinnati Bar Association, Ohio Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Terry S. Jacobs was elected to AFG’s Board of Directors at the 2003 annual meeting of shareholders. He is Chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.
Mr. Jacobs has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the JFP Group, LLC, a real estate investment and development company, since September 2005. From its founding in September 1996 until September 2005, Mr. Jacobs served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Regent Communications, Inc. Mr. Jacobs is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Gregory G. Joseph was elected to AFG’s Board of Directors at the 2008 annual meeting of shareholders. He is a Chairman of the Audit Committee, and serves as Lead Independent Director.
Mr. Joseph is Executive Vice President, an attorney and a principal of several independently owned automotive dealerships collectively referred to as Joseph Automotive, located primarily in Greater Cincinnati, Ohio. Until May 2008, he served as the lead director of Infinity Property & Casualty Corporation (“IPCC”), an insurance company primarily offering personal automobile insurance. Since 2005, Mr. Joseph has served on the Board of Trustees of Xavier University and its Audit Committee. Xavier University is a private college located in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Mary Beth Martin was elected to AFG’s Board of Directors in February 2019.
Ms. Martin has over 20 years of experience in the banking and commercial real estate industries. During her career, she has led commercial real estate, private bank, trust, and asset management groups at regional banking institutions. For the past 12 years, Ms. Martin has been the Executive Director of the Farmer Family Foundation in Cincinnati, Ohio. In that role, she manages the organization’s philanthropic goals and objectives, and oversees grant investments.
Ms. Martin currently serves on the Board of Directors of a number of charitable organizations, including Accelerate Great Schools, where she also serves as Secretary and Treasurer, Music Hall Revitalization Corporation, Teach for America Southwest Ohio and Ohio Excels. She earned a BSBA in Finance and Real Estate from the University of Cincinnati.
William W. Verity was elected to AFG's Board of Directors at the 2002 annual meeting of shareholders. He is Chairman of the Corporate Governance Committee and is a member of the Compensation Committee.
Will has been President of Verity & Verity, LLC, an investment management company, since January 2002. Prior to that time, he was a partner of Pathway Guidance LLC, an executive consulting firm, since October 2000. Previously, he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ENCOR Holdings, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of plastic molded components.
Mr. Von Lehman was elected to AFG’s Board of Directors on August 27, 2008. He is a member of the Audit Committee.
Mr. Von Lehman began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with Haskins & Sells, a predecessor of Deloitte. Until his retirement in 2007, he served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and a director of The Midland Company, an Ohio-based provider of specialty insurance products. Mr. Von Lehman served on the Board of Directors and as Chairman of the Audit Committee of Ohio National Mutual Funds through 2016 and is involved with several Cincinnati-based charitable organizations.