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John Kearns, FCII, serves as executive vice president of Sales & Marketing at Erie Insurance. Kearns oversees the Sales & Agency and Strategic Marketing divisions. Kearns joined ERIE in 2007 as senior vice president and division officer, Commercial Lines & Reinsurance.
Prior to ERIE, Kearns served as president of financial and professional services at St. Paul Travelers. In that capacity, Kearns was responsible for three business units: Financial Institutions (property/casualty and financial lines), Professional Liability and Corporate Management Liability.
Kearns, a native of Dublin, Ireland started his insurance career in 1976 as an underwriting trainee in Sun Alliance in Dublin. During his 20-year career there, he spent time in underwriting, claims and management, and held the position of head of Commercial Lines from 1990 to 1996. From 1996, Kearns served as chief executive officer of St. Paul Ireland Insurance and established the company’s operations in Ireland.
Kearns earned a master’s degree in business administration from Dublin City University and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Trinity College, Dublin. He is a fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute, a United Kingdom based professional organization for the insurance and financial services industry.
Kearns is currently on the board of WQLN Public Television.