AABE Welcomes Interim President & CEO Ralph Cleveland

January 4, 2021

Ralph Cleveland was named Global Head, Customer Operations and Business Transformation for AIG Property and Casualty Insurance in June 2012.  In this role, Cleveland has responsibility for all of AIG Property and Casualty Insurance’s Operations globally for the Consumer and Commercial businesses. His areas of global operations responsibility include all pre-and post-bind processing of insurance policies, contact center operations, and premium collections.  Cleveland is also responsible for global operations of property and casualty shared service, back-office processing centers.  In January 2013, Cleveland assumed the responsibility for business transformation which includes global operations strategy; property and casualty target operating models; property and casualty management policy administration; and operational risk and compliance management.

Prior to beginning his AIG career, Cleveland spent 30 years in the energy sector in various corporate and industry roles.  For a ten year period, he was responsible for centralized utility shared services for AGL Resources which included: engineering, construction, environmental health and safety, crisis management, business continuity planning, supply chain, supplier development, supplier diversity, project management, and high consequence operations such as gas operations, gas storage and transmission operations.

Mr. Cleveland was also a member of the AGL Resources’ Policy Committee which set strategic and policy direction for the corporation.  In addition, he served on the Compliance Committee, the Foundation Board of Directors, and the Investment and Administrative Committees.  He also served as Chairman and CEO of several of AGL Resources’ commercial and operating subsidiaries.

Immediately prior to starting at AIG, Mr. Cleveland served as President of Nicor Gas which serves 2.2 million customers in northern Illinois and had profit and loss responsibility for the business unit.

Previous to his roles as Nicor Gas President and corporate SVP/EVP, Cleveland served as vice-president of operations for the then newly acquired subsidiary utility, Virginia Natural Gas, where he was responsible for post-merger integration of operations and engineering activities as well as executive oversight of field service, distribution operations, local engineering design and construction, pipeline operations, propane peak shaving operations and customer operations including customer contact center and collections activities.

Prior to his work in local gas distribution, he spent over a decade in oil and gas research, development, and production; natural gas processing; and petrochemical industries, in various engineering, operations, operations risk management, and line management roles

Mr. Cleveland is currently serving as the chairman of the national board of the American Association of Blacks in Energy and as the president and chairman of the board of trustees for the American Institute for Managing Diversity. He also previously served as the Chairman and CEO of the North American Energy Standards Board. He is president and founder of the Capital and Enterprise Development Group, non-profit endeavor which is dedicated to economic inclusion and socio-economic development.

Mr. Cleveland has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America by SaVoy Magazine and an Outstanding Georgia Citizen by the Secretary of the State of Georgia and was recently inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

A native of Macon, Georgia, Mr. Cleveland received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech, completed post-graduate studies in mechanical engineering at Rice University in Houston, TX, and received his master’s degree in business administration from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.

DeAndre Smith

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