Carl H. Lindner III has served as Co-Chief Executive Officer or Co-President and as a director of American Financial Group since March 1996. He is Chairman and CEO of Great American Insurance Company and has been principally responsible for the property and casualty insurance operations since 1987. Additionally, from February 1992 until March 1996, Carl III was President & C.O.O. of Penn Central Corporation.
Mr. Lindner is a Cincinnati native and was educated at the University of Cincinnati, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Carl III and his wife, Martha, are committed philanthropists with a focus on education; and a passion for helping impoverished children throughout the world. In 1988, Carl III and his wife, Martha, led efforts to found Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, a private, non-denominational, Christian school offering grades K thru 12. In 2000, Keith Lindner, Carl III and Carl Jr. helped CHCA found the Otto Armleder Memorial Education Center, in an effort to bring CHCA’s unique blend of academic excellence and focus on Christian faith to families in downtown Cincinnati. Currently the Armleder School offers grades PK thru 8, and has become a national model of excellence in urban education. Today, CHCA has grown into one of the largest non-denominational Christian schools in the country serving a total of approximately 1,430 students.
Carl H. Lindner III is a member of the Alfalfa Club of Washington, D.C.; The Commercial Club of Cincinnati; and was one of the founding Elders of Horizon Community Church. In 2008, Mr. Lindner was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the Board of Trustees of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he currently serves as a trustee and member of the finance committee. In 2013, Governor John Kasich made a gubernatorial appointment of Mr. Lindner to serve on the Board of Trustees of The University of Cincinnati, where Mr. Lindner is currently serving a nine-year term.
Mr. Lindner and his wife, Martha, reside in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a father of four children and a grandfather of three grandchildren. Carl III is 59 years old and enjoys tennis, skiing, golf, hunting, fishing, and wilderness adventure.