Governor Jay Nixon has appointed 48-year-old John Huff to head the Department of Insurance.
Huff holds insurance industry and dispute resolution experience.
"With his strong background in the insurance industry, John Huff will be a tough but fair regulator who will serve as an aggressive watchdog for Missouri consumers," Gov. Nixon said in a statement. "A tested manager and executive, John will bring the efficiency and effectiveness of the private sector to this important agency."
Huff comes from Swiss Re, one of the world's biggest reinsurance companies. He also worked with GE Insurance Solutions from 1998 to 2006. Previous to that, Huff had an insurance practice in Kansas City.
The naming of Huff fills out Nixon's cabinet appointments.