John N. Gilbert, Jr.


John Gilbert serves as a member of Holborn’s Board of Directors. He joined the firm in 1962 as a broker trainee and progressed steadily through successive appointments as Vice President in 1967, President in 1973 and Chairman of the Board in 2005. He stepped down from Board leadership in 2012.

John received a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as a commissioned naval officer before starting his business career, and then spent time in the London market as part of his apprenticeship in reinsurance broking.

In 2004, he was named Reinsurance Broker of the Year by Lloyd’s of London. He has served on the Board of Directors of American Crown Life Insurance Company and Lloyds, New York. A recognized authority in the industry, John continues to speak regularly on a range of reinsurance topics.

John is active in a number of Brooklyn community organizations, and has served on the Board of the local chapter of the YMCA, the Vestry of Grace Church, and as President of the Heights Casino Club.