Benson most recently served as executive vice president and CFO at Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM), a global cloud services and cybersecurity leader, from 2012 until his retirement in 2020. Before joining Akamai, he spent 20 years at Hewlett Packard Company (HP) in various senior finance leadership positions. His well-rounded career reflects a demonstrated track record in leading successful large-scale transformation initiatives, optimizing financial and operational management processes in diverse, complex, global business environments, and executing mergers and acquisitions across domestic and global markets. Benson is filling the seat vacated by Douglas Buth, who retired after 13 years of service.
“Jim is a forward-thinking strategic leader who will help us capitalize on the momentous opportunities we see for Grange in the future,” said Grange President & CEO John Ammendola. “I’m confident he will add value as we move our company forward in creating innovative products and services that improve customer connectivity as well as accelerating our digital capabilities for our agency partners.”
Board Chair M. Marnette Perry added, “As we continue our path to distinguish Grange in the marketplace, we look forward to the knowledge and experience Jim will bring to our transformational efforts. Concurrently, we thank Douglas for his valuable guidance during the 13 years he served on the board, a pivotal time in Grange’s growth journey.”
As a director, Benson will serve on the Audit and Investment Committees. He holds an MBA from Clark University, a BS in Finance from Bentley College, and is a graduate of Digital Equipment’s Financial Development Program.
About Grange Insurance
Grange Insurance Company, with $3 billion in assets and more than $1.3 billion in annual revenue, is an insurance provider founded in 1935 and based in Columbus, Ohio. Through its network of independent agents, Grange offers auto, home, life and business insurance protection. Life insurance offered by Grange Life Insurance and Kansas City Life Insurance. Grange Insurance Company and its affiliates serve policyholders in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin. For more information, visit grangeinsurance.com.