William Flynn, 91, the chairman emeritus of Mutual of America, died Saturday, according to Mutual of America Life Insurance Company.
Flynn, a native of New York, is best known in the life insurance industry as the leader of Mutual of America.
He joined the New York-based life insurer as its president in 1971. He became the company’s chief executive officer in 1972 and its chairman in 1982. He gave up the president and CEO titles from 1994 through 2005, then continued to serve as the company’s chairman. Since 2005, he has been the company’s chairman emeritus.
Mutual of America credits Flynn with helping to make Mutual of America a leader in the U.S. retirement services market.
Flynn was chairman of the Life Insurance Council of New York (LICONY). He has been on the board of many health and insurance groups, including the MIB Group and the College of Insurance.
In 1994, LICONY honored Flynn as being the most outstanding life insurance company of the past 25 years, according to the University of St. Thomas in Houston, which named its Irish studies center after Flynn.
Outside of the insurance industry, Flynn was known for his efforts to help bring peace to Northern Ireland.