John J. Degnan
Chairman of the Board
Port Authority of NY & NJ
John J. Degnan was nominated to the Board of Commissioners by Governor Chris Christie and joined the Board on July 14, 2014. He was elected Chairman of the Board on July 23, 2014.
Mr. Degnan retired as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer on December 31, 2010 from The Chubb Corporation. Mr. Degnan served as Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer of The Chubb Corporation since December 2002 and Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer from June 2008 through December 2010. He has held various titles since joining Chubb & Son a division of Federal Insurance Company 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 a division of Federal Insurance Company in 1998.
Mr. Degnan served 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 and the Barnabas Health System and continues to serve as a trustee for St. Benedict's Preparatory School and St. Vincent College. He also served as a member of the Governor's Advisory Committee on Judicial appointments and the President's Federal Advisory Council on Insurance.
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 Vincent 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, Seton Hall University in 1979 and St. Vincent College in 2016.
Committee Assignments: Operations (Chair), Capital Planning, Execution and Asset Management (Vice-Chair).