As the Director of the Ohio Department of Insurance, Jillian Froment serves as a member of Governor DeWine’s cabinet and is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of the department.
Froment joined the department in 2011 as Chief Administrative Officer and was soon elevated to Deputy Director. Beyond her daily operational responsibilities for the department, Froment was responsible for managing a taskforce of Ohio insurance CEOs to review and implement improvements to Ohio’s regulatory environment and to create a robust workforce for Ohio’s insurance industry. Through these efforts she worked to benefit Ohio consumers by removing regulatory barriers that needlessly drive up the cost of insurance while also strengthening meaningful consumer protections. In 2017, Froment was appointed Director of the department.
Froment has actively represented Ohio in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), which establishes industry standards for all 50 states, in various capacities through the years. Currently she is on the NAIC’s Executive Committee and serves as the Secretary Treasurer of the Midwest Zone. Froment also serves as Chair of the Annuity Suitability Working Group, Vice Chair of the Financial Regulation Standards and Accreditation Committee, and as a member of the Innovation and Technology Task Force, Big Data Working Group, Life Insurance and Annuities Committee, and International Insurance Relations Committee. She also sits on the NAIC’s European Union/United States Steering Committee for Cybersecurity. For the last two years her insurance regulator peers have elected her to Chair the Interstate Insurance Product Regulation Commission. The commission ensures consumer safeguards in asset protection insurance products through uniform legislation and regulatory oversight for life insurance, annuities, disability income and long-term care insurance. In March 2017 Froment was named by Columbus Business First as one of the “People to Know” in the insurance industry.
Froment has more than 15 years of public sector and executive experience with a reputation for streamlining organizations and realizing operational efficiencies. She came to the Department from the City of Marysville where she was the City Administrator and responsible for the smooth and efficient management of municipal services and more than 150 employees. Under her leadership, the city developed a culture of active community engagement, strategic planning and fiscal responsibility.
Froment holds the distinction of being the first Executive Director for the eTech Ohio Commission, an agency created under her leadership to consolidate the state's investment in the telecommunications networks used by Ohio's public broadcasters and the K-12 community. While at eTech Ohio, Froment worked to advance education and accelerate the learning of Ohioans through technology. She has also served as the Assistant Deputy Director and General Counsel in the Office of Collective Bargaining and as a compliance officer for the Ohio Department of Youth Services.
Froment earned a Juris Doctorate from Capital University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering from The Ohio State University.