Board of Directors

Carl H. Lindner III
Co-Chief Executive Officer/President and Director
Carl H. Lindner III

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 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
Co-Chief Executive Officer/President and Director
S. Craig Lindner

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. From 1999 until the sale of the business in May 2021 he served as Chief Executive Officer of Great American Financial Resources, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of AFG that marketed traditional fixed and indexed annuities. 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.

John B. Berding
Director
John Berding
Mr. Berding was elected President of American Money Management Corporation (AMMC) in January 2011. Prior to his election as President, he held a number of investment-related executive positions with AMMC and other AFG subsidiaries, most recently serving as Executive Vice President of AMMC since 2009. Mr. Berding has spent his entire 25-year career as an investment professional with the Company and its affiliates.
Virginia “Gina” C. Drosos
Director
Gina Drosos

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
Director
James E. Evans

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
Director
Terry S. Jacobs

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.

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Gregory G. Joseph
Director
Gregory G. Joseph

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.

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Mary Beth Martin
Director
Mary Beth Martin

Mary Beth Martin was elected to AFG’s Board of Directors in February 2019. She is a member of the Compensation and Corporate Governance Committees.

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.

Evans N. Nwankwo
Director
Nwankwo

Evans N. Nwankwo was elected to AFG’s Board of Directors in November 2020. He is a member of the Corporate Governance Committee.

Mr. Nwankwo has worked in the commercial construction industry for nearly 40 years and is the Founder and President of Megen Construction Company, one of the region’s premier builders. The Company is a top-ten minority-owned business in Greater Cincinnati with a national reach.

Mr. Nwankwo is active in his community and is the founder of NuWay Foundation, a charitable organization focused on improving the lives and economic conditions of the less fortunate in African villages through health, opportunity, pure water and education (H.O.P.E.), with focused outreach efforts in Awa, Nigeria.

Mr. Nwankwo earned a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction Engineering from Texas A&M University and holds a lifetime Certified Professional Estimator (CPE) designation.

William W. Verity
Director
William W. Verity

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.

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John I. Von Lehman
Director
Von Lehman

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.

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