J. Patrick Gallagher, Jr.

Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

J. Patrick Gallagher, Jr. began his career with Gallagher as an intern in 1972, started working for the company full time in 1974 as a production account executive and was promoted to vice president of Operations in 1985. He was elected to the board of directors in 1986. In 1990, he was named president and chief operating officer and, in 1995, was appointed chief executive officer. In 2006, he was appointed chairman of the board.

Mr. Gallagher joined the board of trustees of the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters in 2003, and serves on the board of founding directors of the International Insurance Foundation. In addition, he serves on the advisory council of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois and the board of advisors for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, and is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Executives Club of Chicago and the Commercial Club of Chicago.

In 2007, Mr. Gallagher was granted Freedom of the City of London by the city's lord mayor in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Lloyd's insurance market and for his support of the Gallagher Lifelong Learning scholarships.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Cornell University.

Thomas J. Gallagher


Thomas J. Gallagher joined Gallagher in 1980 as a producer after participating in the company's summer internship program for two years. He was promoted to area president of the Milwaukee office in 1987, and in 1996 was named president of the San Francisco construction office. Tom helped establish Gallagher Construction Services, serving as niche managing director from 1997 to 2002. After working in the field for 15 years, Tom returned to Gallagher's home office outside of Chicago in 2002 to lead the retail brokerage division's Midwest region. In 2011, he was appointed to lead Gallagher's international brokerage operations, and in 2016 he was named president of Gallagher's global brokerage services division. In 2024, he assumed the role of president of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from the University Southern California.

Patrick M. Gallagher

Chief Operating Officer

Patrick M. Gallagher joined Gallagher in 2000 as a member of Gallagher's summer internship program. In 2008, after six years of producing and managing a business unit in Chicago, he moved to London to manage Gallagher's Lloyd's of London-related wholesale business. By 2010, Patrick was promoted to run the worldwide Property and Casualty wholesale division. In April 2011, Patrick assumed leadership of the UK retail division of Gallagher International — Gallagher Heath, and helped lead the expansion of Gallagher's global footprint as a member of the international executive committee. He returned to the US in 2013 as an executive vice president to help run the retail brokerage division's Midwest region and was named president of the region in 2016. In 2019, Patrick was appointed chairman, Canada and Caribbean and CEO of Latin America and in 2021, president of Gallagher Brokerage-Americas. In 2024, he assumed the role of chief operating officer of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and General Management from the Boston College Carroll School of Management.

Walter D. Bay

General Counsel and Secretary

Walter D. Bay joined Gallagher in 2007. As general counsel, he manages the global legal team and advises senior management and the company's board of directors on a wide range of issues, including regulatory and legal compliance, securities law, corporate governance, litigation, and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Bay has more than 20 years of legal and business experience. He began his career at Chase Manhattan Bank. After attending law school, he joined Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP, where he became a partner in the law firm's corporate department. In 2000, he joined GE Capital Services, first as its mergers and acquisitions counsel and then as general counsel for GE Capital, Commercial Distribution Finance.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the College of Wooster and a Juris Doctorate with honors from the George Washington University National Law Center.

Mark H. Bloom

Global Chief Information Officer

Mark H. Bloom joined Gallagher in 2022. As global chief information officer, he's responsible for leading the company's global information technology and security efforts.

Mr. Bloom has more than 30 years of business and technology experience. He currently serves as a non-executive board member of Freddie Mac. Before coming to Gallagher, Mr. Bloom served as the global chief technology officer and a member of the management board of Aegon N.V., a multinational life insurance, pensions and asset management company. Before joining Aegon, Mr. Bloom held various positions at Citigroup, Inc., including managing director, head of Global Consumer Technology Delivery Services, where he was responsible for digital, data and operations technology solutions and innovations. Prior to that, Mr. Bloom held various positions at JPMorgan Chase & Company, including senior vice president, Chase Home Financial Technology. He also was senior vice president, eBusiness Solutions at CACI International.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Bucknell University, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, and a Master of Business Administration in International Business from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.

Joel D. Cavaness

Chairman, Americas Specialty

Joel D. Cavaness joined Gallagher in 1986 as a marketing representative in Gallagher's St. Louis office, after spending several years as a casualty underwriter for standard and excess/surplus lines carriers. He worked his way up to area vice president by 1990, and then relocated to Gallagher's home office outside Chicago in 1996 to lead International Special Risk Services, Inc.

In 1997, he co-founded Risk Placement Services, Inc. (RPS) and led its growth to become one of the largest US wholesale brokers, managing general agents and program managers. In 2000, he was appointed a corporate vice president of Gallagher.

Mr. Cavaness is very active in the Wholesale & Specialty Insurance Association (WSIA), having served on the board of directors since 2010. He holds both Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate in Risk Management (ARM) designations.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Southeast Missouri State University.

Douglas K. Howell

Chief Financial Officer

Douglas K. Howell joined Gallagher in 2003 as chief financial officer. He oversees the company's financial, investment, information technology and administrative functions, and represents Gallagher in dealings with global investment analysts, institutional shareholders and prospective investors. He also leads many operational, quality and productivity initiatives.

Mr. Howell came to Gallagher with more than 20 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry, including serving as chief financial officer of both public and private insurance companies. He began his career with the public accounting and consulting firms now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and KPMG.

In the December 2023/January 2024 issue of Institutional Investor magazine, Mr. Howell was named one of America's best chief financial officers, ranking first place in the Insurance sector by sell-side analysts. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Iowa State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. Additionally. he's a certified public accountant.

Scott R. Hudson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Risk Management Services

Scott R. Hudson joined Gallagher in 2010 as president of its global risk management services operations.

Mr. Hudson came to Gallagher with more than 25 years of experience as a business consultant specializing in the insurance and financial services industries. He began his consulting career with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and later held key leadership positions with Information Consulting Group; McKinsey & Company, Inc.; Renaissance Worldwide, Inc.; and, most recently, as insurance practice director for Bridge Strategies, LLC.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Iowa State University and is a certified public accountant.

Vishal Jain

Global Chief Service Officer

Vishal Jain joined Gallagher in 2005 and has since been instrumental in the establishment, ramp up and ongoing management of the Gallagher Center of Excellence, which provides data management, document processing and quality control support to Gallagher's operating divisions and ultimately its customers.

In July 2014, Mr. Jain was appointed chief service officer. In this role, he helps lead efforts across Gallagher's various divisions to further enhance the level of service provided to customers, while also improving operation efficiency and quality.

Prior to working for Gallagher, Vishal spent more than 15 years as a management consultant, primarily with Bridge Strategy Group LLC and McKinsey & Company, Inc. In this capacity, he worked with a wide range of Fortune 1000 companies, helping them craft high-level strategies and implement significant operational and organization change at the ground level.

He holds a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) in India and a Master of Business Administration from Yale University.

Christopher E. Mead

Chief Marketing Officer

Christopher E. Mead joined Gallagher in 2017. As chief marketing officer, he's responsible for leading the company's global marketing and communication efforts.

Mr. Mead came to Gallagher from CME Group, the world's largest futures exchange. As managing director of Marketing, he helped shape CME's global strategic direction and was responsible for the development of global marketing strategies, planning and implementation activities. In addition, he has held various marketing leadership positions within marketing/advertising agencies serving clients in the sports entertainment, restaurant, retail and healthcare industries.

Mr. Mead holds an undergraduate degree from Keene State College in New Hampshire and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Susan E. Pietrucha

Chief Human Resources Officer

Susan E. Pietrucha joined Gallagher in 2007. She's responsible for developing a comprehensive human resources and organizational strategy to address key margin improvement initiatives and drive the development of a robust, performance-based culture.

Ms. Pietrucha came to Gallagher with 16 years of human resources experience, most recently as vice president of Human Resources for General Electric's Commercial Distribution Finance business. Prior to that role, she was vice president of Human Resources for Financial Guaranty Insurance Company, vice president of Human Resources for GE Capital Auto Financial Services, and director of Human Resources at Ernst and Young.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. In addition, she's a graduate of General Electric's Management Development Program.

William F. Ziebell

Chief Executive Officer, Employee Benefits Consulting and Brokerage

William F. Ziebell joined Gallagher in 2000, working as a producer and manager for the employee benefits consulting and brokerage operation in the Troy, Michigan, office. In 2002, he assumed the role of assistant branch manager for the operation's Chicago branch, where he was named branch manager in 2003. He managed the region from 2004 until 2016. In 2017, he was promoted to chief executive officer for Gallagher Benefit Services.

Mr. Ziebell began his career with Ernst & Young as a certified public accountant and has more than 25 years of sales and leadership experience. Throughout his career, he's led the way in centralizing and enhancing critical client services such as financial reporting and underwriting, wellness and employee communications.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing and Business Policy from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.