Dan Holden is the manager of corporate risk and insurance for Daimler Trucks North America (formerly Freightliner), a multinational truck manufacturer with total annual revenue of $15 billion.
Holden has been in the insurance field for more than 30 years, beginning as a multi-line claims examiner and advancing into a number of risk management and medical cost containment positions with leading carriers and brokers. He also worked as vice president and senior workers’ compensation claims consultant for Marsh USA, where he specialized in national transportation accounts.
Holden earned his B.A. in journalism from Oregon State University and has written for several insurance and risk management publications. In 2007, he published a book on the origin of professional hockey in North America.
He holds an associate in claims designation as well as an Oregon insurance agents license.
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