Insurance Commissioner Thomas B. Leonardi Biography
As Connecticut’s 31st Insurance Commissioner, Thomas B. Leonardi leads a regulatory agency with jurisdiction over the largest life insurance industry in the United States and the second largest overall insurance industry in total written premium.
He is a member of the NAIC Executive Committee, the Internal Administration (EX1) Subcommittee, Chairman of the NAIC’s International “G” Committee and Chairman of the NAIC’s Financial Stability Task Force. Commissioner Leonardi is also Vice Chair of the NAIC’s Accreditation “F” Committee and of the NAIC’s 12-state Northeast Zone. He is a member of the NAIC’s Life “A,” Property Casualty “C” and Financial Regulation “E” Committees, the International Insurance Relations (EX) Leadership Group and on the board of the National Insurance Producer Registry (NIPR).
He was chosen by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to serve on FIO’s Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) and is the only U.S. regulator on the IAIS’ Financial Stability Committee. He is active on a number of supervisory colleges for large internationally active insurance and reinsurance groups in the U.S. and Europe.
For 22 years prior to his appointment as Commissioner, he was chairman and CEO of Northington Partners, Inc., an insurance specialty venture capital and investment banking firm. Prior to founding Northington, he was the head of M&A and Venture Capital at Conning & Company. Prior to that, he was the president and vice chairman of the Beneficial Corporation’s insurance subsidiaries.
Commissioner Leonardi is a member of the bar of the state and federal courts of Connecticut and New Jersey. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston University with distinction in history, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He earned a Juris Doctor with honors from the University Of Connecticut School Of Law.