Jose Ramon Gonzalez
Executive Vice President & General Counsel
CNA Financial Corporation
José Ramón González is Executive Vice President & General Counsel for CNA. In this role, José serves as principal counsel to the Chief Executive Officer, senior management team and board of directors. He leads the Law Department, which is responsible for the Company’s legal affairs, compliance, regulatory and government affairs, corporate secretary affairs, securities, and litigation.
José began practicing law in 1995 as a corporate associate at Weil, Gotshal, and Manges, working in the firm’s New York and London offices. In 1999, he joined the law department of American International Group representing AIG on a worldwide basis on acquisitions, joint ventures and investments relating to its insurance, asset management, and other financial services businesses. During this time, José focused on AIG’s most significant transactions in Europe, East Asia, and Latin America. In 2005, José was promoted to a senior legal position within AIG’s insurance businesses eventually becoming Deputy General Counsel before his departure in early 2011. During his tenure, José played a lead role in the resolution of numerous significant regulatory matters that faced AIG at that time.
After his departure up through April 2014, José was General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Torus, a Bermuda-based start-up, commercial insurance organization providing insurance and reinsurance products to a client base located primarily in the UK and continental Europe. During his time at Torus, José had global responsibility for the legal and compliance function, as well as oversight over claims and internal audit functions, and played an active role in Torus’ European expansion and the ultimate sale of the company.
Most recently, José served as Chief Legal Officer of QBE North America, a division of QBE Insurance Group, one of the 20 largest global insurance and reinsurance companies, with over $13 billion in revenues and 14,000 employees worldwide. José led a team of almost 60 professionals with responsibility for legal, compliance, corporate governance and regulatory affairs for QBE’s US operations. José was also a member of QBE North America’s Executive Committee and QBE’s Global Legal Leadership Team.
With a longstanding commitment to the community, José has served on numerous not-for-profit boards of directors. He currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, and on the boards of the Bass Museum of Art and the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the Senior Leadership Council of the New York Chapter of ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals For America).
For his work, José was recently honored by the New Your Law Journal with the 2018 GC Impact Award.
José holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law.