Gene E. Mergelmeyer
Gene E. Mergelmeyer
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Assurant, Inc.
Gene Mergelmeyer is executive vice president, chief operating officer for Assurant, Inc. In this role, Mr. Mergelmeyer oversees Assurant’s global operations and is responsible for the profits and losses for its business units. He helps guide the Company’s transformation and ensures its coordinated approach across the housing and lifestyle markets to drive long-term, profitable growth. He is credited with architecting Assurant’s new enterprise operating model structure that underscores the Company’s commitment to further integration, enhanced agility and a stronger brand across the world. 

Previously, Mr. Mergelmeyer served as president and chief executive officer of Assurant’s specialty property business, overseeing its organic growth, the development of its risk management service offerings and expansion into adjacent businesses within the mortgage and multifamily housing industries. Under his leadership, the specialty property business more than doubled its revenue since 2006. 

In 2014, Mr. Mergelmeyer, who has more than 30 years of experience in financial services and insurance, was named to the additional roles of executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Assurant, Inc.  In this capacity, he was responsible for the Company’s technology infrastructure and the Enterprise Transformation Group, which explored new ways to deliver customer service, technology, finance and vendor management services. 

Mr. Mergelmeyer joined Assurant in 1997 when the Company acquired Insureco, where he served as chief financial officer. Previously, he held senior management positions at a division of Transamerica and at the public accounting firm Peat Marwick, now KPMG. 

Mr. Mergelmeyer shares Assurant’s commitment to community and has championed the Company’s efforts in support of Habitat for Humanity and Junior Achievement of Georgia. Assurant’s activities in support of these organizations were recognized with Communitas Awards for community service from the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals in 2015 and 2016. Assurant also was honored in 2014 and 2013 with an Olens Award for leadership in community affairs from the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce in suburban Atlanta. 

Mr. Mergelmeyer is a longtime supporter of the Orange County United Way, the Children’s Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation in Bloomingdale, Ill., the Blind Children’s Learning Center in Los Angeles, and Children’s Hospitals of Orange County and Los Angeles. 

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University - Long Beach.