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Company Management

Ohio Mutual Insurance GroupOhio Mutual is fortunate to enjoy the leadership provided by an executive management team that collectively offers extensive industry and technical experience, a passion for personal and organizational excellence, and a creative and innovative approach to property and casualty insurance.

Mark C. Russell, CPCU, CCLA, ARM

President & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Russell joined the Ohio Mutual Insurance Group as President in September 2015, and added the role of Chief Executive Officer in January 2016.  He has more than 30 years of broad experience in the industry, overseeing corporate operations in information technology, marketing, agency relations, claims, customer experience, and real estate.  Previous experience includes senior positions at Grange Insurance, Anthem Casualty Insurance, and Crum and Forster Commercial Insurance.

David G. Hendrix, CPA, CPCU

Chief Financial Officer

Before joining Ohio Mutual Insurance Group in July 2005, Mr. Hendrix served as the Forensic Accounting Manager for the office of the Ohio Insurance Liquidator, and with Ernst & Young, LLP. He is a member of both the American Institute and Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Brad McCormack, PhD

Vice President, Information Systems

Mr. McCormack served as an IT supervisor at Shelby Insurance and a senior leader in information technology at North Central State College for another dozen years before joining Ohio Mutual in 2011.  Along the way, he earned his MBA from Tiffin University in 2005 and his PhD in Management from the University of Maryland in 2012.

Howie Barber, CIC

Vice President, Sales

Mr. Barber joined Ohio Mutual Insurance Group in August 2012. His previous experience includes more than three decades with Westfield Insurance, Providence Washington Insurance Company, and Shelby Insurance.

Chad Combs, MAcc

Vice President, Personal Lines Underwriting

Mr. Combs joined Ohio Mutual Insurance Group in June 2014. Prior to joining Ohio Mutual Insurance Group, he served as Director of Standard Auto Underwriting for Nationwide Insurance, with additional experience in product management and strategic planning.

John R. DeLucia, CPCU

Vice President, Claims

Mr. DeLucia joined Ohio Mutual Insurance Group in April 2017, following two decades at Grange Insurance, where he had held several claims leadership roles.  His insurance career also includes service at Anthem Casualty Insurance Group and Progressive Casualty Insurance Company.  Mr. DeLucia earned a B.S. from Miami (OH) University.

David Grove

Vice President, Product Management

Mr. Grove began his career with Ohio Mutual in 1997 as an applications programmer and also served as AVP of Statistical Reporting for seven years before achieving this position in 2013. He has a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Findlay and an MBA from TIffin University.

Gary Johnson

Vice President, Commercial Lines Underwriting

Mr. Johnson joined Ohio Mutual Insurance Group in 2010. Prior to joining Ohio Mutual Insurance Group, he previously served in several roles over 25 years at State Auto Insurance Company.

Susan Kent, FCAS, CPCU

Vice President & Chief Analytics Officer

Ms. Kent began her career with Ohio Mutual in February 2016. She has a Masters of Science from the University of Michigan, and prior to joining Ohio Mutual held several actuarial positions at Nationwide Insurance, Nationwide Bank, and Shelby Insurance.

Marcella Smith

Vice President, Human Resources

Ms. Smith joined Ohio Mutual in April 2016. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University, and an MBA from Ashland University.  She comes to Ohio Mutual from AAA Ohio Auto Club, and has previously held HR executive and management positions at Sarnova, Inc. and School Specialty Inc.