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About Todd Mitchell Associates

Todd Mitchell Associates, an executive search & recruiting firm has partnered with Stock & Mutual insurance carriers, brokers and TPAs within the Property & Casualty insurance & reinsurance industries since 1978.

Our individual Practice Leaders for Underwriting, Claims, Loss Control, Actuarial & Predictive Analytics, Sales & Marketing and Product Management have successfully placed professionals from staff to the C-Suite.

Our tenured team at Todd Mitchell Associates will identify quality and qualified Property & Casualty insurance professionals for all talent acquisition needs throughout the United States.

Specializing In





Human Resources

Marketing & Sales


Product Development

Risk Engineering


The Team

Todd Mitchell | President & CEO

Over the last forty years Todd Mitchell has developed Todd Mitchell Associates into a Global Executive Search Firm dedicated to the professionals within the Property and Casualty insurance industry. Todd has built a successful team of talent acquisition consultants where the average tenure with the firm is over fifteen years. Under his leadership, Todd Mitchell Associates has gained the respect and confidence of executives throughout our industry affording the firm the opportunity to be called upon for both contingency and retained search assignments. Todd holds a Master of Science in Labor Relations and Human Resources from New York Institute of Technology and has his Bachelor of Business Administration, Human Resources from Adelphi University.

Memberships: Board of Directors-American Heart Association – Long Island Region Executive Leadership Team

Knowing what he knows now, Todd’s advice to his 18-year-old self would be… to listen more.


Chelle Luft | Senior Vice President – Actuarial Practice Leader

Chelle, Practice Leader for the Actuarial & Analytics Practice at Todd Mitchell Associates, joined the firm in 2003 as a Researcher. After several years her focus shifted to recruiting professionals with quantitative expertise. As Practice Leader she works with all levels of actuaries and analytics professionals within the Property & Casualty insurance industry. Additionally, she sources and places professionals in non-traditional areas including predictive analytics, economic capital modeling, data management, data analytics, catastrophe modeling and risk management.

Prior to working at Todd Mitchell Associates, Chelle worked as an Account Executive for various Public Relations and Advertising Agencies in New York City.


If Chelle could live in any country besides the US she would choose to rent villas in various locations around Europe for a few months at a time so she can get immersed in the culture while experiencing the energy of living in metropolitan cities and also the tranquility of living in the countryside.


Hope Burns | Division President – Claims Practice Leader

Hope, Division President, and has been with Todd Mitchell Associates since March, 1991. She is focused on the recruitment of claim professionals at all levels, from Claims Adjusters to Chief Claim Officers within the Property & Casualty Industry. She has a proven track record of building strong relationships with all of her clients to understand their hiring needs in an effort to deliver qualified talent.

Prior to her career in executive search, she was self-employed and spent over 10 years in the garment center specializing in the manufacturing and sales of a boutique line of women’s clothing.


The best piece of advice Hope has ever been given, “Life is not perfect, we must learn to live with uncertainty and each and every day is a learning experience. If we learn from our experiences and mistakes that is the best lesson.”


Pearl Casey | Senior Vice President – Loss Control Practice Leader

Pearl, has been the Practice Leader for Loss Control-Risk Management/ Equipment Breakdown since 2002. She has built extensive relationships with most mutual and stock insurance carriers, as well as brokers and TPAs throughout the United States. Pearl has developed a strong reputation of identifying field safety engineers, account managers and management leaders within the Property & Casualty industry. Additionally, Pearl has a strong network of boiler inspectors each with National Board Commissions, required in the equipment breakdown and shop inspection industry. She is fluent in Spanish, which she utilizes for international searches.

Previously, Pearl had a career within the import-export industry working with companies around the globe , especially within Central and South America.


When asked if Pearl has a secret talent she replied, “My secret talent is a secret, if I told you, then it wouldn’t be a secret anymore.”


Cathy Hurrell | Senior Vice President – Underwriting

Cathy, Senior Vice President for the Midwest region, has been part of the Todd Mitchell team for 12 years.  She is an experienced Recruitment Executive able to utilize her knowledge of insurance to help clients secure highly skilled insurance professionals to join their teams.  She has a keen understanding of the insurance industry and a working knowledge of both the carrier and agency/brokerage worlds.  She is skilled in Executive Search, Risk Management, Insurance Company Leadership including commercial insurance, professional liability, surety, claims management.

Cathy comes from the carrier side of commercial insurance and has managed large teams of underwriters as well as a $ 300M region for all lines of commercial insurance, including National accounts, Middle Market business, Small Business, Boiler and Machinery, Inland Marine, Excess/Umbrella and International Accounts.


If Cathy wasn’t doing this she would be an Event Planner, planning corporate and private functions, from inception to execution.


Robin Rube | Senior Vice President – Underwriting

Robin, Senior Vice-President at Todd Mitchell Associates, has been with the company for the past 26 years.  During that time, she has specialized in the underwriting/business development areas within the Property & Casualty Insurance Industry.  Robin has established strong relationships within the Reinsurance community of Facultative and Treaty professionals.

Prior to joining the firm, she owned a search firm for attorneys in New York City in the mid-1980’s then met Todd in 1992, and has been with him ever since.


As a kid, Robin wanted to be a television sportscaster,  her Dad was a radio newsman and talk show host.  After college she applied to Columbia’s School of Journalism and law school. She got into law school first so that’s where she went!


Shirley Brandl | Senior Vice President – Underwriting

Shirley, Senior Vice President, Underwriting, has been with Todd Mitchell Associates for over 25 years. She specializes in the recruitment of various levels of insurance professionals predominantly related to underwriting, marketing, management but may also include Human Resources or other areas within the insurance industry.


These days Shirley’s happy place is at the gym or doing yoga. namaste


Susan Knotts | Manager, Research & Sourcing

Susan, Manager of Research & Sourcing, has been with Todd Mitchell Associates since July 2015. Susan has been in the Property & Casualty industry with a diverse background that includes: Claims, Underwriting, Customer Service, IT and Human Resources.  She has spent most of her career in a management role, selecting and developing teams, to meet the strategic needs of the organization.

Prior to joining our firm she spent over 13 years as the VP of HR for Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company.  Because her vast industry knowledge and connections she recruits for most insurance industry positions.


To earn a gold star with Susan you must work with honesty and a straight forward approach to communication and problem solving.


Afeeza Hanif | Executive Assistant

The Executive Assistant to Todd Mitchell, President and CEO of Todd Mitchell Associates, Afeeza coordinates and manages all operations for the company.


When Afeeza isn’t working, you’ll find her doing adventurous things with her daughter. Whether they are trying different foods at new restaurants or going for a run in the park… they are always having an enjoyable time together.


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