SECURA Insurance welcomes new Chief Financial Officer, announces upcoming retirement of Jeff Kargus
Neenah, Wis. (Dec. 13, 2021) – SECURA Insurance announced the upcoming retirement of Jeff Kargus, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and welcomed Christine Cousineau as its next Chief Financial Officer.
Jeff Kargus joined SECURA in 2003 and served as Controller and VP-Controller before becoming Chief Financial Officer in 2016. Kargus led the areas of financial analysis and planning, financial reporting, enterprise risk management, investments and treasury activities, expense management, and external compliance and tax reporting. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Wisconsin Institute of CPAs, and the Financial Executives Institute. He also is involved locally with the UW-Oshkosh MBA Advisory Board and the Fox Valley Lutheran High School Finance Committee. Kargus will retire in March 2022.
Christine Cousineau joined the company in October 2021 after working for Thrivent Financial, where from 2007-2020 she served as CFO and then COO of Thrivent Credit Union, and, in July 2020, became President & CEO of Thrivent Credit Union. She led the credit union to achieve financial and membership goals, developed organizational strategies, and launched several programs to serve members. Cousineau also led several significant conversions to position the credit union for growth, all while maintaining high levels of employee engagement. Most recently, she navigated an unprecedented year, leading the credit union and serving members with excellence in the midst of the pandemic.
Prior to this, Cousineau worked in public accounting for Grant Thornton and Spurlock, Runyan, Miller & Associates, and was previously a SECURA associate in internal audit, accounting, and finance.
Cousineau holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has a CPA designation. She serves on the board of directors for the Hope Clinic & Care Center.
“Christine brings a strong financial thought process to us, along with a leadership style that is perfectly aligned with how SECURA wins in the marketplace,” said Dave Gross, President & CEO. “Jeff has played an instrumental role at SECURA. We thank him for his service, leadership, and expertise. We wish Jeff and his family all the best in his retirement.”
ABOUT SECURA INSURANCE
SECURA Insurance, headquartered in Neenah, Wis., is a regional group of property-casualty insurance companies operating in 13 states. Approximately 550 independent insurance agents represent the group, which provides a broad range of competitive commercial, personal, farm, nonprofit, and special events products. SECURA Insurance is known for providing exceptional service to its agents and policyholders since 1900, and is rated A (Excellent) by A.M. Best for its excellent ability to meet policyholder obligations. It is a Ward’s Top 50 company for outstanding results in financial performance and consistency over a five-year period, and it is a certified Great Place to Work. Visit www.secura.net to learn more.