John G. Gantz, Jr.
Former Chairman of the Board of Directors
John G. Gantz, Jr., is former Chairman of the Board of Directors of National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), a position he held from July 2001 through June 2004. Gantz, a member of NCLD's Board of Directors since 1989, and its senior vice chairman for four years, was the third person to hold the chairmanship since NCLD's founding in 1977.
Gantz is the former president of Argonaut Insurance Company. Prior to that, he was a principal of Swiss Re Financial Services, a member of the Swiss Re Group, which specializes in providing insurance-based corporate finance solutions for major corporations, banks and insurers. He also served as a member of the board of directors of North American Specialty Insurance Company, a subsidiary of Swiss Re. Prior to joining Swiss Re Financial Services in April 1999, he served as executive vice president and a member of the executive team of Swiss Re America, as well as founder and head of its Alternative Risk Transfer Division.
For more than 12 years before joining the Swiss Re Group in October 1996, Gantz held various management positions with American International Group, including president of AIG Risk Management. From 1978 to 1984, he was with Wheelabrator-Frye, a Fortune 500 conglomerate, and also served as a team leader on the Private Sector Survey on Cost Control in the federal government, commonly known as the Grace Commission. Gantz entered the insurance industry with the insurance broker Bayly, Martin & Fay of New York, now part of Aon Risk Services, where he worked from 1970 to 1978.
In addition to his bachelor of arts degree in economics from Brown University in Providence, RI, Gantz holds a master of business administration degree from New York University.
Gantz's involvement in learning disabilities is a result of his experience with his daughter and son, both of whom have learning disabilities.