Jay S. Fishman
November 4, 1952|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||August 19, 2016
New Jersey, United States
|Alma mater||University of Pennsylvania|
Jay Steven Fishman (November 4, 1952 – August 19, 2016) served as chairman and chief executive officer of The Travelers Companies for 11 years prior to stepping down in December 2015, following a diagnosis of ALS. He was employed as the executive chairman of the board of Travelers from December 2015 until his death in August 2016.
Fishman was born in New York City in 1952. He received a master's degree in accounting from the Wharton School of Business and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.
Fishman has served as chairman and CEO of TRV since a merger between The St. Paul Companies, Inc. (where Fishman had been chairman, CEO, and president) and Travelers Companies (then-CEO Robert I. Lipp) first formed TRV in April 2004.
Prior to October 2001, Fishman served as chairman, CEO, and president of The Travelers Insurance Group, Inc., (which became Travelers Property Casualty Corp. in 2002 and merged with a subsidiary of St. Paul in 2004) and as CEO and president of Travelers Property Casualty Corp. (which became Travelers Insurance Group Holdings Inc. in 2002) also serving as chairman of holdings from March 2000 to January 2001.
While CEO of The Travelers Companies in 2008, Fishman earned a total compensation of $16,821,125, which included a base salary of $1,000,000; a cash bonus of $5,000,000, stock granted of $7,199,977; options granted of $2,998,547; and other compensation of $622,601.
Fishman served at the University of Pennsylvania, as a member of the board of trustees, the board of overseers of the Graduate School of Education, and the industry advisory board of the Financial Institutions Center for The Wharton School. He also served on the board of directors of the National Academy Foundation. He was an honored member of the Advisory Committee of the Jazz Foundation of America.
In June 2012, Fishman was named chairman of the board of directors of New York City Ballet. He serves on the board of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He is a trustee of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a director of Exxon Mobil Corporation.
On August 4, 2015, Fishman announced he was stepping down as CEO due to his battle with the progressive neurological disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. He died on August 19, 2016 in New Jersey.
Fishman was married to Randy Lee Chapman in 1976. They had two sons and three grandchildren, and Fishman had a sister, surviving at the time of his death. His wife also survived him.
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