John J. Degnan was promoted to vice chairman and chief operating officer, The Chubb Corporation, in June 2008. He had served as vice chairman and chief administrative officer of The Chubb Corporation since December 2002 and as Chubb's chief ethics and legal compliance officer since 2005. He has held various titles since joining Chubb & Son in 1990 as a senior vice president and general counsel. In September 1996, he was elected president of The Chubb Corporation and also became president of Chubb & Son in 1998. Mr. Degnan serves on the boards of the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters; the School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science; St. John's University; St. Benedict’s Preparatory School; Saint Barnabas Medical Center; RAND Institute for Civil Justice; and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. He is also a member of the Supreme Court of New Jersey Disciplinary Oversight Committee. After working as a law secretary for the late New Jersey Supreme Court Justice John Francis, Mr. Degnan joined the Newark, NJ, law firm of Clapp & Eisenberg. In 1974, he was appointed assistant counsel to Brendan T. Byrne, governor of New Jersey, becoming chief counsel to the governor in 1977. He was appointed attorney general of the state of New Jersey in 1978 and served until 1981 when he became a senior partner with Shanley & Fisher, specializing in administrative law. Mr. Degnan graduated from Saint Vicent College magna cum laude in 1966 and from Harvard Law School with a Juris Doctor degree in 1969. He received honorary degrees from the College of St. Elizabeth in 1978 and from Seton Hall University in 1979.