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Travelers Announces Death of Jay Fishman

Jay S. Fishman, the Travelers Group Inc. executive chairman who publicly battled a form of Amyotrophic Lateral Schlerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease over the last year, has died...
August 23, 2016

Jay Fishman

Jay S. Fishman, the Travelers Group Inc. executive chairman who publicly battled a form of Amyotrophic Lateral Schlerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease over the last year, has died, the company said in a release on August 19. In an interview earlier this month, Fishman declared that despite the disease he has been extremely lucky in his life — echoing the famous words of Lou Gehrig, who died in 1939 of the disease that bears his name.

Fishman became CEO of Travelers in 2004 after a merger with St. Paul Cos. He had previously headed Travelers in the late 1990s after a merger with Citicorp resulted in the formation of Citigroup.

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“Jay led Travelers with an eye towards more than just success as it is traditionally measured,” said Alan Schnitzer, the Travelers CEO who succeeded Fishman on Dec. 1. “In part because of that philosophy, he led Travelers to unprecedented success by every measure. Though he would be too humble to admit it, Jay was an icon among corporate leaders.”

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