New York Life Insurance Company, New York, has announced that it will place its life insurance manufacturing and marketing operations under the direction of Senior Vice President Mark Pfaff, who has run the agency department since 2006. The move creates a powerful combination of the industry’s leading field force and one of its strongest life insurance franchises. Concurrent with that announcement, the company said it has bolstered its retirement business. Senior Vice President Chris Blunt will run a new organization, Retirement Income Security (RIS), dedicated to providing solutions to consumers in both the accumulation and income phases of retirement. RIS brings together for the first time under a single executive, New York Life’s income annuities, investment annuities, long-term care insurance, and the distribution of mutual funds.
Ted Mathas, New York Life’s president and chief executive officer, said, “With these organizational changes we are combining our number one product – life insurance – with our primary distribution system – career agents. I expect the combination to grow the company, which benefits our policyholders over the long term, and bring numerous consumer benefits in the form of better product development, better marketing, and in the end, a better-protected public.
“At the same time we recognize the enormous potential for New York Life to contribute to the retirement security of millions of people across the country. By focusing on our unique positions and capabilities in annuities, long term care insurance and mutual funds, we will grow more rapidly and provide better solutions to consumers seeking reliable sources of income in retirement. Mark Pfaff and Chris Blunt are veteran leaders and I have every confidence they will lead these businesses to substantially greater growth in the decade ahead.” Mr. Mathas noted that with these changes the four primary business operations of New York Life are:
? U.S. Life Insurance and Agency
? Retirement Income Security
? Investments, a wholly owned subsidiary with more than $235 billion in assets under management.
? International, a wholly owned subsidiary with insurance operations in eight markets in Asia and Latin America.
U.S. Life Insurance and Agency
The U.S. life insurance operations being consolidated under Mark Pfaff include the company’s individual, bank- and corporate-owned life insurance, as well as its Group Membership Association Division, the largest underwriter of professional association insurance programs in the United States, and life insurance sold through an exclusive, endorsed program with AARP. Consolidated revenue is expected to be more than $8 billion in 2008. Agency has more than 10,500 licensed agents in the United States.