GEICO Board elect, elevate officers

CHEVY CHASE, Md., May 17, 2019 -- The GEICO Board of Directors has announced the election of two new officers and the promotion of two other officers. The changes take effect May 25.

David Longley was elected assistant vice president and will oversee staff counsel operations in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and Louisiana (excluding New Orleans). Michele El-Gamil was elected internal auditor.

Longley, a graduate of the University of Florida and the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, began his legal career representing insurers, including GEICO, throughout the state of Florida. He joined GEICO in 2007 as the insurer's managing attorney in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2014, he was promoted to director of staff counsel for GEICO's Southeast regional operations. In 2016, he assumed responsibility as director of staff counsel operations in Florida.

El-Gamil first joined GEICO in 2005 as an auditor in the internal audit division. In 2007, she was accepted into the controller management program and rotated through various departments within the controller division. After completing the program in 2011, she was named manager of financial controls and compliance. She was named payroll manager in 2014, a position she held until her promotion to director of treasury operations in 2017. A Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor, El-Gamil has a BS degree in accounting from the University of Maryland, College Park.

In addition, the Board promoted officers:

  • Hollis White to controller. She had served as treasurer since 2014. White first joined GEICO in 1994 as a Leo Goodwin Scholar while studying for her accounting degree at the University of Maryland, College Park. After graduation, she worked in statutory accounting, where she helped the company adopt the PeopleSoft system. She was named manager of financial controls and compliance in 2004 and played a key role in GEICO's adherence to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. In 2011, she was promoted to director of corporate financial reporting. White is a Certified Public Accountant.

  • Neal Craig to treasurer, succeeding White. He joined GEICO as an accountant at the company's headquarters in Chevy Chase, Maryland, in 1986. A year later, he was promoted to senior financial administrator for GEICO's investment company GEIVEST. In 1990, after GEIVEST was sold, he was named a senior accountant in the treasury department. In 1991, Craig completed a management rotation at GEICO's regional office in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he held management positions in sales, service and underwriting. In 1997, he moved to Iowa to serve as branch manager of the company's new office in Coralville. In 2001, he moved to the company's Lakeland, Florida, regional office to serve as a director. Craig returned to GEICO headquarters in 2006 to work in the internal audit division. He was elected a GEICO officer and named the company's chief audit executive in 2010. Craig has a degree in business and finance from Mount St. Mary's College. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor.  

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