Florida Insurance Commissioner Names Eric Lingswiler Director of Life and Health Product Review
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty today announced that he has appointed Eric Lingswiler to the position of director of Life and Health Product Review. Mr. Lingswiler has served as interim director since Aug. 18. He will report to Deputy Commissioner for Life and Health Mary Beth Senkewicz.
Mr. Lingswiler has been an insurance regulator since 1995 when he joined what was then the Department of Insurance (Department) as a forms analyst in the Bureau of Life and Health Forms and Rates. Soon after, Mr. Lingswiler was promoted to supervisor of the unit.
"Eric has demonstrated that he has the extensive knowledge and skills we need to manage this Life and Health unit in a way that will best enable us to serve the people of Florida," said Commissioner McCarty. "I am grateful that Eric stepped up and accepted the responsibility as interim director, and I wish him much success as he takes over the duties permanently."
In 2000, Mr. Lingswiler began oversight of the viatical settlements industry as the head of the Department's Specialty Insurers area, eventually helping to drive sweeping changes on both the regulatory and legislative fronts.
In 2003, Mr. Lingswiler switched to the property and casualty side of the insurance business in the new Office of Insurance Regulation (Office). In this new role, he became the bureau chief of Property and Casualty Forms and Rates.
Mr. Lingswiler served in the above role until 2005 when he took on the duties of investigating unauthorized and unlicensed insurance companies. The role was expanded in 2007 to include duties as the investigation manager of the Special Investigative Unit that works under the direct supervision of General Counsel Steve Parton.
Mr. Lingswiler's appointment is effective immediately.