Anne Melissa Dowling – Top Regulator

January 2017
Time: 19:26

Anne Melissa Dowling, CFA, the Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance (IDOI). Dowling brings nearly 30 years of insurance industry experience to the position. She spent 25 years in the private sector, and she has spent the last three-and-a-half years working in leadership positions for the Connecticut Insurance Department (CID).

Most recently, Dowling was the Acting Commissioner of the CID, and she joined the department as the Deputy Commissioner in 2011. Dowling led the day-to-day operations of all divisions of the agency. CID has jurisdiction over the largest life insurance industry in the United States, and the second-largest overall insurance industry in terms of total written premiums. In addition, Dowling also served as an active board member of Access Health CT, Connecticut’s state-based public health insurance exchange, chairing the Advisory Committee on Essential Health Plan Benefit and Qualifications.

Prior to her regulatory work, Dowling was a senior vice president at MassMutual where she built the institutional insurance business to more than $12 billion in annual revenue and created an award-winning Women’s Markets Initiative. She served as Chief Investment Officer at Connecticut Mutual and held positions in investments and treasury functions at Aetna and Travelers. She is and has been active in governance roles on numerous non-profit boards focusing on education and literacy as well as for-profit boards.

Dowling earned her bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, and holds an MBA in finance from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University.