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Topa Insurance Group Announces Selection of New President and CEO

April 29, 2014
CHICAGO – Topa Insurance Group is pleased to announce the appointment of John Donahue as president and chief executive officer. The search was conducted by the executive search and selection practice of The Jacobson Group


In his new role, Donahue will provide leadership to all business endeavors of the organization and serve as an ambassador and champion of Topa Insurance Group. Providing broad-based industry perspectives, thought leadership and strategic vision, Donahue will drive the continued dedication to high-quality results and profitable growth.

“John brings all of the industry expertise, leadership dynamics and personal skills needed for this next stage for Topa Insurance,” said William Anderson, vice-chairman of Topa Insurance Group. “We could not be more excited to welcome John to the Topa family.”

Prior to accepting his new role, Donahue concurrently served as president of Keenan Insurance Management Group and chief executive offer of Greenpath Insurance Company. Donahue has worked for GMAC Insurance, MAPFRE/Commerce West, and the California State Automobile Association throughout his more than 20 years of business experience, providing him with extensive personal and commercial lines expertise. He received a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from St. Mary’s College of Moraga in Moraga, Calif., and has earned the premier Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.

“I am very excited about being part of Topa Insurance Group,” said Donahue. “Topa Equities has a long history of success with its subsidiaries and I look forward to continuing this tradition as we look to an exciting future together.”

Topa Insurance Group is a property and casualty insurer offering comprehensive business and personal insurance as well as specialty program insurance. Its parent company, Topa Equities Ltd., is a privately held holding company and family business with interests in insurance, automobile dealerships, beverage distribution and real estate.

About Topa Insurance Group:

Topa Insurance Group is a property and casualty insurer offering comprehensive business and personal insurance, as well as specialty program insurance. Originally owned by Sperry and Hutchinson, the company was first known as Universal Security Insurance Company.  It was later merged into Baldwin United Corporation then acquired in 1984 by Topa Equities, Ltd. Further information is available at

About The Jacobson Group:

The Jacobson Group is the leading global provider of insurance talent. For more than 40 years, we have been connecting insurance organizations with professionals from the board room to the back room on both a permanent and temporary basis. We offer a variety of solutions including executive search, professional recruiting, emerging talent, RPO, temporary staffing, subject matter experts, and onsite and work-at-home operations support. Regardless of the need or situation, Jacobson is the insurance talent solution. Further information is available at