Andy Bessette

Executive VP & Chief Administrative Officer


Andy F. Bessette is executive vice president and chief administrative officer of The Travelers Companies, Inc.  He has responsibility for the functions of Corporate Real Estate, Administrative Services, Community Relations, Aviation, Internal Investigations, Event Management, Business Continuity, and Sports Sponsorships including the company’s official marketing partnership with the PGA TOUR and title sponsorship of the Travelers Championship, for which he serves on the board of the Greater Hartford Community Foundation.  During his 34-year tenure with the company, Mr. Bessette has held a number of management positions across the enterprise.

Active in professional organizations, Mr. Bessette served as past president of the International Development Research Corporation (IDRC), now CoreNet Global, and earned an IDRC professional certificate as Advanced Professional in Real Estate and the Workplace.

Mr. Bessette consistently has been involved with civic activities in Hartford.  He currently is a member of the University of Connecticut Board of Trustees and the University of Connecticut Health Center Board of Directors, and serves as vice chairman of the Capital Region Development Authority.  He is a Corporator for Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and serves on the Board of Governors for Hartford Hospital.  As a member of the MetroHartford Alliance Board of Directors, for which he is a past chair, he serves on the executive committee and the compensation committee.  In addition, he serves on the boards of the National Academy Foundation in New York and for Greater MSP in Minneapolis.

As a member of the 1980 United States Olympic Team, he continues to support Olympic Committee activities.

Mr. Bessette holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn., and a master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I.

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