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Insurance company executive

David Alexander Olsen, American insurance company executive. Trustee Bowdoin College, South St. Seaport Museum, Salisbury (Connecticut) Congressional Church, Visiting Nurse Association, Landmark Volumes 1st lieutenant United States Army, 1960-1962. Member India House, Sharon Country Club, Psi Upsilon.


Olsen, David Alexander was born on November 29, 1937 in Brooklyn. Son of Alexander and Meile (Anderson) Olsen.


Bachelor, Bowdoin College, 1959.


With marine department, Great American Insurance Company. New York City and Chicago, 1959-1962; accountant executive, Johnson & Higgins, San Francisco, 1966-1971; vice president, manager marine department, Johnson & Higgins, Chicago, 1971-1978; executive vice president Illinois branch, Johnson & Higgins, Chicago, 1978-1979; branch manager, executive vice president, Johnson & Higgins, Houston, 1979-1980; chairman, board directors Texas branch, Johnson & Higgins, Houston, 1980-1985; executive vice president, Johnson & Higgins, New York City, 1985-1987; president, chief operating officer, Johnson & Higgins, New York City, 1987-1993; Chief Executive Officer, Johnson & Higgins, New York City, since 1990; chairman, Johnson & Higgins, New York City, since 1991; director, J&H, Marsh & McLennan (formerly Johnson & Higgins), New York City. Trustee, Executive Committee American Institute Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, Insurance Institute American, College of Insurance, New York City, since 1994, United States Council Internat.Bus., New York City, 1995.

Board directors United States Trust Corporation, United States Trust Company New York.


Vice-chairman South St. Seaport Museum, New York City. Vice president board overseers BowdoinColl., Brunswick, Maine. Board directors United Way, New York City, New York City Partnership.

Board directors corporation congress New York Public Library. Co-chairman Corporation Coun.The New York Botanical Garden. First lieutenant United States Army, 1960-1962.

Member India House (board directors), River Club, Economics Club New York, Psi Upsilan.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: art, photography, antiques, scuba diving, tennis, skiing.


Married Roberta Ruth Garverick, May 11, 1963. Children: Bradford, Amy.

Alexander Olsen

Meile (Anderson) Olsen

Roberta Ruth Garverick

Amy Olsen

Bradford Olsen