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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater Appoints Carlos Lacasa as New Chairman of Citizens Board of Governors

9/7/2011

Contact: Alexis Lambert
(850) 413-2842
 
TALLAHASSEE—Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced today the appointment of Carlos Lacasa as the Chairman of the Board of Governors for Citizens Property Insurance Corporation.  Lacasa, from Miami, is a former state representative and has more than 20 years of experience as an attorney with expertise in the insurance industry. 
 
“As the longest serving member of the Citizen’s Board of Governors, Carlos has the experience needed to lead the board and serve the more than 1.4 million Florida insurance consumers covered by Citizens,” said CFO Atwater.  “Most importantly, Carlos was a member of the legislature when Citizens was created, so he knows firsthand the original intent behind Citizens and can guide the board back to that intended purpose.”
 
Lacasa served in the Florida House of Representative from 1994 to 2002 and chaired the appropriations committee between 2000 and 2002.  He is currently the Vice President of Operations and Corporate General Counsel of Managed Care of North America, Inc., a national managed care dental plan.  As a practicing attorney for nearly 17 years, Lacasa focused on the areas of corporate finance, transaction law government relations and regulatory law.
 
Lacasa’s civic interests and leadership roles include serving on the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority Board, the University of Florida Government Relations Advisory Committee, the Audubon of Florida Board of Directors and the Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission.  
 
Lacasa succeeds Jim Malone who has severed as the Chairman of the Citizen’s Board since August 2008.  Malone’s extraordinary finance and management principles have been an asset to the board and Florida’s insurance consumers.  
 
“We all need to thank Jim Malone for his years of dedicated service and leadership to the Citizens Board.  Mr. Malone brought the same focus on operational excellence to the Citizens Board that he brings to his business endeavors every day,” said CFO Atwater. 
 
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official and officer of the Florida Cabinet, oversees the Department of Financial Services.  CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending.