Operating Committee

Christopher J. Piela
Senior Vice President and
Chief Strategy Officer


Mr. Piela joined the company in 2015 and serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. He was named to the position in 2019, having most recently served as Chief Commercial Lines Officer.

He brings more than 31 years of experience to the position. Prior to joining Utica National, he held the position of Regional Senior Vice President for FCCI Insurance Group. He previously held various finance and operations roles at Liberty Mutual in Boston and in Georgia. He began his career in public accounting, specializing in property & casualty clients as a Senior Manager with Ernst & Young in Boston.

He serves on the Finance and Audit committees of BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), an award-winning education non-profit where he previously served as a board member for 15 years. He is also active as a volunteer with Gwinnett Extended Care Center in his community.

Mr. Piela holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Boston College and earned the certified public accountant designation in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.