February 7, 2023
Texas Mutual announces Jeanette Ward as new president and CEO
On Monday, February 6, Texas Mutual announced that longtime employee and chief operating officer, Jeanette Ward has been named president and CEO. Ward will assume her new role on March 1, 2023, following the retirement of Rich Gergasko, who has served as president and chief executive officer for the last 10 years.
Ward joined Texas Mutual in 1993 after earning a Bachelor of Arts in political science and government from The University of Texas at Austin. In her 29 years with the company, she has served in a variety of roles across the organization, beginning as a receptionist. She has also led strategic planning, had oversight of the claims, safety and medical network operations teams, and most recently served as the organization’s chief operating officer.
In addition to her work for Texas Mutual, Ward volunteers her time with several nonprofit organizations, including the American Heart Association, Early Matters Greater Austin, United Way for Greater Austin and the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation.
She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being named a Business Insurance Woman to Watch by Business Insurance Magazine, an Executive to Watch by Risk and Insurance Magazine, and one of Insurance Business America’s Elite Women in the insurance industry.
Read the full press release here.