Leadership Team

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Joel P. Murray - CPCU

President and CEO

Joel P. Murray is the President & Chief Executive Officer and serves on the Boards of Directors of the affiliated Companies of the N&D® Group, and the N&D Foundation. Joel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Clark University, a Master in Business Administration from Boston College, and the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter designation. In addition to his executive responsibilities, Joel currently serves as a Director on the Boards of the Massachusetts Fair Plan and the Mutual Fire Insurance Association. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Boston YMCA. Joel has been actively involved in coaching numerous local youth sports teams over the years. 

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Alex P. Butensky - FCAS, MAAA, CPCU

CFO, Treasurer & Chief Actuary

Alex joined The N&D Group in October of 2013 and currently serves as CFO, Treasurer & Chief Actuary. As CFO and Treasurer, Alex oversees accounting and investment functions for The N&D Group. Alex’s actuarial responsibilities include ratemaking, product development, loss reserving, and assumed and ceded reinsurance. Alex received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Amherst College. He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He also holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Insurance Accounting and Finance, and Associate in Reinsurance (ARe) designations.

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David N. Cote - Esq., AIC

Chief Claim Officer, Corporate Secretary & Deputy Counsel

David joined The N&D Group in 2002 and brings more than 40 years of insurance experience to his roles at N&D. Prior to joining N&D, Dave served as the Senior Vice President – Claims and Assistant Secretary of another regional group of property and casualty insurers. He is responsible for the oversight of a variety of legal and regulatory functions, as well as management of N&D’s Claims Division. David earned a Juris Doctor (magna cum laude) from New England Law – Boston, where he was a case and note editor for the New England Law Review. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rhode Island and an Associates in Claims from the Insurance Institutes. David is a member of the American, Massachusetts and Rhode Island Bar Associations, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the Loss Executives Association (LEA), and is a Fellow of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM).

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Erin M. Cummings - CPCU, AIT, ARM, AIS, API, AINS, AIM

Chief Operations Officer & Chief Information Officer

Erin joined N&D in 2000. Erin retains strategic oversight of traditional IT segments – Infrastructure, Application Development, and Data Management – as well as N&D’s Project Management Operational Efficiency initiatives. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and English from Boston College, where she was selected as Scholar of the College. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from Northeastern University, with a concentration in Information Technology. Erin is a Trustee of the Insurance Library of Boston and serves on several committees affiliated with Commonwealth Automobile Reinsurers (CAR), the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC), and the New England Mutual Fire Insurance Association (MFIA). She also holds the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation.

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C. Colby Hewitt - CPCU, AIAF, ARe

Chief Marketing Officer

Colby came to The N&D Group as Chief Marketing Officer in January 2018.  His twelve years of experience prior to N&D included positions in personal and commercial lines underwriting, product development, reinsurance, and as a District Marketing Manager. Colby graduated cum laude in English Literature from Middlebury College, where he captained the rugby team. He holds designations as a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Insurance Accounting and Finance (AIAF), and Associate in Reinsurance (ARe). Colby has served on the Board of Directors of the Boston Chapter of CPCU and as President of the New England 1752 Club. He has also worked with several charitable organizations, including Crossroads and the Pioneer Institute. 

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Victor M. Pepin - CPCU, CIC

Senior Advisor

Victor joined The N&D Group in 2018 as the Chief Operating Officer. Victor has over 30 years of experience in the property and casualty industry and has worked extensively with independent agents throughout his entire career. Prior to joining N&D, he held several senior executive roles with both a regional and national insurance carrier. Victor has a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Vermont and Master of Business Administration from Franklin Pierce University. He holds the Chartered Property and Casualty (CPCU) and Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designations.

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Michele C. Sears

General Counsel, Assistant Corporate Secretary

Michele Sears has twenty years of experience in insurance law. Prior to joining our team, Michele was a partner at a national law firm where she focused her practice in insurance defense litigation and direct representation of insurance carriers in coverage matters. She represented major insurers and other clients, including insurance agents and brokers, in a wide range of complex claims, disputes and regulatory matters. Michele also has experience in employment law, handling matters before administrative agencies and in state and federal court, involving claims of discrimination, retaliation, and wage-and-hour disputes. She advised clients regarding the management of employment and labor issues and policies.

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Michael W. Thompson - CFA

Chief Investment Officer

Michael joined The N&D Group in October of 2015. He brings over 30 years of experience as an investment manager with a primary focus on asset allocation and risk positioning for insurance companies. As Chief Investment Officer, he is responsible for providing overall strategic direction for the investment operations of the company. Michael earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting from Lehigh University, and his Master of Business Administration in Finance from New York University. He has also earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute, and completed the Leadership Influence program at Harvard’s Kennedy School. He currently participates on the Investment Committee of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island FAIR Plans and has also served on the Investment and Finance Committees of Youthbuild USA. Michael is also a member of the Boston CFA Society.

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Michael J. Tufts

Chief Human Resource & Administrative Officer

Michael joined The N&D Group in June of 2017, bringing more than 20 years of experience to his role as CHRO. He provides leadership and subject matter expertise in Talent Management, Business Continuity Planning, and Facilities Management. Michael earned a Bachelor of Science in Management (magna cum laude) from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and is also an alumnus of the Harvard Business School executive education program, Leading Change and Organizational Renewal (LCOR). Michael was appointed to the Board of the Norfolk & Dedham Foundation in 2018. He Chairs the Business Continuity Planning and Retirement Plans Committees for N&D and serves on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer of the Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA).

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E. Matthew Young - CPCU, CRM, CIC, AFIS

Chief Underwriting Officer
Matt joined The N&D Group in March of 2017, bringing more than 25 years of experience to his role as CUO. He leads the underwriting teams for N&D’s commercial and personal lines of business. Matt earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Economics from Wake Forest University as well as a Master of Business Administration from James Madison University. He also holds the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Certified Risk Manager (CRM), Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Agribusiness and Farm Insurance Specialist (AFIS) professional insurance designations.