John Treacy, CFO Intact Insurance USA

John Treacy, CFO Intact Insurance USA

John Treacy, CFO of Intact Insurance USA, has spent his career in financial leadership with large, publicly traded organizations (companies like St. Paul Travelers and Zurich). He has been responsible for complicated financial transactions, substantial financial integration and divestiture activities and initiating and leading startup operations. John recently helped lead a successful insurance co. sale to one of Canada’s largest insurers. John has been successful in his roles as a leader because of his team and people-oriented mindset and the fact he is very flexible and adaptable in response to change. He always leads by example in relation to his work ethic. John says the workplace can be challenging, especially when there is a lot of change happening, and it is important to keep things in perspective and enjoy a good laugh from time to time. John’s success through growth and change has made Scouts Talent curious to learn more…

If you could try a different job for a day, what would you choose?

Be a professional golfer…and win a one-day tournament.

What advice would you give someone starting out in your industry?

Be patient…learn…and be proud – as not many folks understand our specialized industry.

What is your mantra?

Work hard…but, have some fun and laughs along the way. Be respectful to everyone.

How do you get yourself out of a slump?

Go for a long bike ride.

What companies or leaders do you admire?

Med tech and pharmaceuticals…anything in healthcare – including doctors and nurses. They are saving lives and truly making a difference in society. As for leaders, those who do it naturally, logically, and with purity of heart.

Who has been most instrumental in your career?

Several former executives at The St. Paul Companies have been very instrumental in my career – both while working at the company for 17 years and since leaving, years ago.

What has been the biggest shift you’ve noticed in your industry in the last decade?

The use of technology and ability to leverage data to better predict outcomes and drive results.

What is your go-to celebration meal, drink, or tradition?

BBQ anything (ribs, preferably), along with an Irish libation (Jameson, a favorite).


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