Group Leadership

Group Leadership

Mark E. Schwarz

Executive Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

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Mark E. Schwarz has been affiliated with Hallmark since 2001, having served as the Chairman of the Board.  He became President & CEO in 2021, having previously held this role from 2003 until 2006.  Since 1993, Mr. Schwarz has indirectly controlled Newcastle Partners, L.P., a private investment firm which is currently the Company’s largest shareholder.

Chris Kenney, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

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Christopher Kenney was named Chief Financial Officer in 2021 and has been with the Company for over 17 years, previously serving as the Senior Vice President of Accounting, followed by Chief Accounting Officer in 2020.  Mr. Kenney has held various accounting roles and has more than 25 years of experience in the property and casualty insurance industry.  He is a Certified Public Accountant with a license in Texas.

Ken Krissinger, FCAS, MAAA

Chief Actuary

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Ken Krissinger was named the Senior Vice President & Chief Actuary of the Company in 2017.  He is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.  Mr. Krissinger is a member of the Company’s Underwriting Committee.

Tarek N. Timol

Chief Administrative Officer & Head of Operations

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Tarek N. Timol joined Hallmark Financial in 2015 and currently serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer. His responsibilities include leading IT, Operations, the Enterprise Claims Organization, Legal and Compliance, and the Specialty Personal Lines business unit. Mr. Timol brings nearly 25 years of experience in the insurance industry managing several complex functions in a senior leadership capacity.

William Dunn

Chief Claims Officer

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William Dunn joined Hallmark Financial in June 2021 and currently serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Claims Officer.  In this role, he oversees the claims functions of the company.  Bill has over 30 years of deep and broad claims experience. In addition, Bill has a computer science degree, an MBA degree, a law degree and is a licensed attorney. His vast experience dealing with a wide range of claims and different claims organizations have prepared him to make a valuable contribution in his leadership role at Hallmark’s Claims division.

Pavinee Hat

Vice President, Human Resources

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Pavinee Hat joined Hallmark Financial in September 2018, and currently serves as Vice President, Human Resources.  Ms. Hat brings nearly 20 years of experience in various leadership roles in Human Resources within several industries including transportation, finance, insurance and government.  She holds a master’s degree in human resources management.

Janet Gustafson

Vice President, Group Legal & Compliance

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Janet Gustafson joined Hallmark Financial July 2021 as Vice President, Group Legal and Compliance. Ms. Gustafson has over 20-years’ legal, compliance, and insurance experience, and has held various roles in both private industry and with insurance regulators. She holds a master’s degree in addition to her juris doctorate, and is a licensed attorney in several states.