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American Family Insurance Executive Biographies

Jack Salzwedel

Jack Salzwedel

Jack is chairman and chief executive officer of American Family Insurance.

A native of DeForest, Wis., Jack began his career with American Family in 1983 as a claim adjuster. In 1985, he became an agent in Sun Prairie, Wis., before moving to a district sales manager position in 1988. He became state sales director of Wisconsin East in 1995.

In 2000, he was named vice president of the Personal Lines Division, and in 2003 he was elected life/health vice president. In 2004, he was elected executive vice president, overseeing the company's five regional sales operations, marketing and broker/dealer divisions. Jack became chief operating officer Aug. 1, 2006, and president and chief operating officer Jan. 1, 2007. He became chairman and chief executive officer Nov. 1, 2011.

Jack serves on the board of directors of American Family Mutual Insurance Company, the Property and Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI), the Insurance Information Institute, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and United Way of Dane County. He is co-chairman of the board at the American Family Children's Hospital and a member of the Board of Regents at Wartburg College. He also serves on the executive roundtables for the Life Insurance Marketing & Research Association and PCI.

Jack earned a bachelor's degree in biology and business administration from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.