COLUMBUS — Ohio Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor named Cathy Geyer the Department’s Deputy Director. Geyer is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Department.
“Cathy’s extensive insurance experience will be invaluable as she serves as the department’s deputy director,” said Lieutenant Governor Taylor. “She will play a vital role in leading the Department of Insurance.”
Geyer joins the Department after spending the past five years at Nationwide Insurance in the Office of the Chief Legal and Governance Officer.
“I am extremely excited about joining the staff at the Ohio Department of Insurance,” said Geyer. “I look forward to working to strengthen Ohio’s position as a leader in the insurance industry.”
At Nationwide, Geyer managed extra-contractual matters against the company and its affiliates across the United States. During her tenure at Nationwide, extra-contractual litigation decreased 40 percent through development of best practices, increased transparency, and process standardization. In addition to litigation, Geyer led Nationwide’s Approved Counsel Program, changing the legal services delivery model to focus on convergence, decreased costs and enhanced diversity. She also served as advisor to the staff counsel program and enterprise risk management.
Prior to joining Nationwide, Geyer worked as an attorney for the insurance industry and the private sector. She started her career as an insurance defense and coverage attorney at Rendigs, Fry, Kiely & Dennis in Cincinnati. She returned to her hometown of Columbus to join the legal department at Motorists Insurance Group, where she managed claims professionals and senior attorneys in policyholder, coverage and extra-contractual litigation. She also assisted the company with regulatory compliance through entry into new markets.
Geyer is the past Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Insurance Law Committee, past Chair of the Insurance Audit Practices and Controls Committee studying the tri-partite relationship among defense counsel, insurance companies and their insureds, and a member of the Staff Counsel Committee. She has authored numerous articles for Ohio Lawyer magazine on uninsured motorists’ insurance. In 2009, Geyer was inducted into membership in the Ohio State Bar Foundation, a legal honorary.
Geyer received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Denison University and her law degree from The Ohio State University College of Law. She is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society.
Geyer lives in Dublin with her husband, Tom, and three daughters, ages 11, 13 and 16.