Howard Named to Insurance Business 'Global 100' for 2020

About the award

November 26, 2019

BB&T Insurance Holdings Chairman and CEO John Howard has been named to the first Insurance Business "Global 100" list of international insurance industry leaders(opens in a new tab), the publication recently announced. McGriff Insurance Services is a subsidiary of BB&T Insurance Holdings. 

"This is a collaboration of leaders who are actually making a difference in today's market whether that is by making incredible advancements at their own companies, taking associations to new heights, providing education to drive the industry forward, or taking the lead on championing the key issues that can carry the industry into a new era," the publication said. A year ago, Howard was named to the "Hot 100" list for 2019 by Insurance Business America.

BB&T Insurance Holdings is the fifth largest insurance broker in the United States and sixth largest in the world. Howard leads more than 6,000 employees with McGriff Insurance Services, McGriff, Seibels & Williams, BridgeTrust Title, BB&T Assurance, CRC Insurance Services, Crump Life Insurance Services and AmRisc LLP. He also serves on the board of directors of Sterling Capital Management and the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers.

Before assuming his current role on Jan. 1, 2016, Howard served as vice chairman of BB&T Insurance Holdings and chief executive officer of the Wholesale and Specialty Division.

He joined BB&T in 2012 through the acquisition of Crump Group, Inc., where he served as president and chief executive officer. In 2007, Howard merged Crump with the insurance and retirement divisions of the BISYS Group. Before combining the businesses, he was president of Insurance Services for BISYS.

Prior to joining BISYS in 2004, Howard served as president of the Prudential Select Brokerage unit of Prudential Financial, Inc. Before joining Prudential, he served as president of the Retirement Services unit of Conseco, Inc. He began his insurance career with GE Capital Services, Inc., a financial services subsidiary of General Electric Company.

Howard earned his bachelor's degree in economics from Columbia University and his master's degree in business administration from Duke University. He is a U.S. Navy veteran.

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