Business 100 – 2017

Mike McGavick/XL Group

Mike McGavick serves as CEO of XL Group, which provides insurance and reinsurance risk solutions globally under the XL Catlin brand. From 2001 to 2005, Mike was chairman, president, and CEO of Safeco Insurance. Prior to joining Safeco, Mike spent six years with CNA Financial Corporation, where he held various senior positions, including president and CEO of the company’s largest commercial insurance unit.

Mike is an active participant in the industry’s trade and representative bodies, including serving as chairman of the Geneva Association, and has received numerous recognitions for his professional and community leadership, including Insurance Day’s Industry Achiever of the Year, the Charles E. Odegaard Award for his efforts in promoting diversity at the University of Washington (from where he earned his B.A.), and most recently the Leslie C. Quick Leadership Award from the American Ireland Fund in 2016.

A native of Seattle, Mike is also a founding member of the Washington D.C.-based old boys’ rugby club Wild Geese RFC. He and his wife, Gaelynn, have three sons, Jack, Gates, and Marco.