John O’Donnell is a distinguished leader with a proven track record of orchestrating and nurturing organizational culture through transformative change. He is credited with aligning the organization around strategic goals that enable Pinnacol to provide the caring, efficient protection that drives its sky-high injured worker and customer satisfaction scores.
He has held many leadership roles across various industries and organizations. He was most recently an Executive Vice President at Allstate, serving as the President of the Western Territory and Board Chair of Allstate Canada, where he was responsible for 27 states and the Canadian company. O’Donnell’s other roles at Allstate included Senior Vice President of Agency Operations and President and CEO of Allstate Canada.
O’Donnell also served in leadership positions at GMAC, the Walt Disney Company, and Goldman Sachs. His professional journey began as an attack helicopter pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps, a testament to his unwavering dedication to excellence and devotion to service. He frequently uses his experience in the military to inform his leadership style and problem-solving approach. He earned an MBA with high honors from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy.
Recently, O’Donnell served as a board member of the United Service Organization (USO) of Illinois and established a military and veterans program at his prior company that led to the hiring and support of hundreds of veterans. He is the proud father of two children, and he loves outdoor activities, sports, and travel.www.pinnacol.com/about/executive-team