Cleveland, Ohio-based Medical Mutual of Ohio is in a state of mourning this week following the untimely death of Kent W. Clapp, the company's chief executive officer. Clapp, 62, and his fiancee, Tracy Turner, died in a plane crash last Wednesday while returning home from a vacation in the Caribbean.
According to a statement from the insurer, Clapp and Turner missed their commercial flight while returning from the British Virgin Islands and opted to book a charter flight. That twin-engine plane, en route to Puerto Rico, crashed into a mountain approximately 13 miles east of San Juan at around noon local time on Wednesday, December 3. Positive identification of the victims is still pending, but it is believed that all on board, including the pilot, passed away. Turner and Clapp were the plane's only passengers.
"It is difficult to put into words the loss we are feeling," reads a statement from the company. "Kent took the helm of the Company in 1997 during a difficult time. It was his leadership and hard work that turned Medical Mutual into a success and an industry leader. That will be Kent's legacy. His priorities were twofold; his employees, and his customers."
In 2007, Insurance & Technology recognized Clapp as one of its Tech Savvy CEOs.