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David L. Kaufman

AAIS Board Chair

Personnel Committee

Dave started his career as an actuary with Connecticut General and then as a financial analyst with Capital Holding Corporation. He joined Motorists in 1986 and has served in several leadership roles, including appointed actuary, mergers and acquisitions, commercial lines, and information technology. Dave joined the Motorists executive leadership team as senior vice president and CIO in 2000. He was elected executive vice president by the Motorists Mutual board of directors in 2010 and then was named executive vice president for all companies in the group in 2011. Dave was elected president and COO in 2012 and became president and CEO for all companies in the group a year later.

Dave earned bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and economics, graduating cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1981. He was captain of the varsity basketball team and active with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

After graduation, he earned the ACAS designation and is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries. Dave received the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Griffith Insurance Education Foundation and is a member of the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion.

As co-chair of the Insurance Industry Resource Council (IIRC) formed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Dave led the development of insurance and risk management programs in 12 universities across Ohio. Encova established a robust internship program and a call center staffed by students at Ohio Dominican University. 

After retiring from Encova, Dave was named interim president of Capital University on June 2, 2020. On July 26, 2021, the Board of Trustees announced he would become Capital’s permanent president.

Locally, Dave has served as a board member of the Columbus Partnership, the Ronald McDonald House, and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. He is the founder of Future Possibilities, a nonprofit organization that partners with the Columbus City Schools to provide life skills coaching to youth in under-served communities. His community service includes past or present board positions with the APCIA, TrustedChoice.com, NAMIC Property and Casualty Conference Board, Ohio Insurance Institute, Columbus Partnership, the Ronald McDonald House, and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.