W. James (Jim) MacGinnitie

W. James (Jim) MacGinnitie is an actuary and the senior property/casualty fellow at the American Academy of Actuaries.  He serves as the actuarial profession’s chief public policy liaison on property and casualty insurance issues.  In this role, he communicates the Academy’s work on casualty actuarial issues relating to cybersecurity, catastrophic event risks, workers’ compensation, medical professional liability, reinsurance, auto insurance, and other areas to the public and lawmakers.   

Mr. MacGinnitie has over 50 years of experience in casualty actuarial and financial issues.  Prior to joining the Academy as a fellow, he served on the boards of directors of several insurers and as an independent arbitrator and consultant.  Previously, he served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of CNA Financial (Chicago), and partner and director of actuarial services at Ernst & Young (New York).  Mr. MacGinnitie founded the casualty actuarial practice of Tillinghast and served as its managing principal both before and after its merger with Towers Perrin, now Towers Watson.  He was also professor of actuarial science at the University of Michigan. 

Mr. MacGinnitie is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries, a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society, and a fellow of the Society of Actuaries.  He is a past president of the Academy (1988-89), the Casualty Actuarial Society (1979), the Society of Actuaries (2002), and the International Actuarial Association (2003).  He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Northwestern University.