NU Online News Service, July 15, 2004, 1:05 p.m. EDT

Torchmark Corp., Birmingham, Ala., has promoted Vern Herbel to chief executive and president of its United American Insurance company unit.[@@]

Herbel, who previously was executive vice president at United American, began working for Torchmark at Torchmark’s Globe Life and Accident unit in 1986.

Torchmark also has promoted Larry Strong to executive vice president and chief marketing officer in the general agency division at United American. Strong has been a senior vice president and director of national recruiting at United American.