The Insured Retirement Institute said Wednesday that Cathy Weatherford, the group’s president and chief executive officer, will retire in December.
IRI, a Washington-based group for the retirement income industry, said Weatherford’s upcoming retirement is part of a two-year succession plan. The IRI board is working with Wilbanks Partners, a search firm, to find a replacement.
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The board will be looking at candidates who have served at the top levels in Congress or in federal regulatory agencies, or who have served as top executives at financial services companies, IRI said.
“The accelerating pace of change in the retirement income landscape, as well as IRI’s outstanding track record of the last decade under Cathy’s leadership, require the association to seek an extraordinary individual for its leadership,” IRI said.
Weatherford said in a statement that she is looking forward to setting IRI on track for “another 25 years of being the first-call association for the retirement income industry.”
Roots in Oklahoma
Weatherford started out by earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1977. She worked for the Oklahoma Insurance Department for 15 years. When she left, she was the insurance commissioner.
She moved on to serve as the CEO of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners from 1996 to 2008.