Growing up in Elmira, New York, Kevin Frawley always knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. With the example and inspiration of his father who was a judge for most of his career, Kevin dreamed early in life of becoming an attorney. Kevin fulfilled that dream which eventually led him to a life of public service. Working in a position where he actually made a difference in people’s lives deeply affected Kevin and helped shape his leadership style.
Kevin is chief executive officer of the Americas region of Crawford & Company’s Property & Casualty segment. He has responsibility for the property and casualty operations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
After graduating from Fordham University School of Law in New York City, Kevin became an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, New York. In 1980, he was asked to join the staff of New York City Mayor Ed Koch and later became the mayor’s principal criminal justice advisor. In time, Kevin was named Commissioner of the Department of Investigation and was tasked with supervising a staff of attorneys, accountants, police detectives, and investigators who were responsible for pursuing fraud, corruption, and conflicts of interest in collaboration with state and federal prosecutors and law enforcement agencies.
Over a 10-year period, Kevin developed great respect for Mayor Koch and his leadership style. “He knew that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts – that each city official brought strong skills which he would harness for the city’s benefit,” said Kevin. “He knew that a successful team was more productive than all of the team members individually. He inspired and encouraged his staff to leave New York City better than they found it.”
After 15 years in public service, Kevin went into the private sector with Prudential Securities. In 1996, he became chief compliance officer for the Insurance Division of Prudential’s parent company. Whether working in the public or private sector, Frawley’s commitment to public service is clear. In 2006, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg appointed Frawley, then executive vice president of Crawford’s Legal Settlement Administration, to the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board for a six-year term. The appointment entailed interpreting and enforcing laws concerning the ethical conduct of public servants. A focus on ethical behavior and concern for others is evident in Frawley’s own leadership style as well. He believes that leaders must have integrity; be plain-spoken and straight forward; care for the people they work with and not just the numbers; see the big picture; and have common sense as well as a sense of humor.
While Kevin’s work schedule is hectic, he is just as busy at home. He likes to play golf whenever possible and he has four children who keep him on the go. Kevin is also an avid reader. One of the books he’s currently reading is “A Sense of Urgency.”