Robert Muriel, the director of the Illinois Department of Insurance, said he’ll be leaving the department director post Dec. 11, to take a job at a law firm in Chicago.
Muriel was appointed to be the Illinois insurance director in in March 2019.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Shannon Whalen, the department’s chief deputy director of product lines, will be the interim acting director.
Muriel has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a law degree from Loyola University.
He has spent most of his career working as a lawyer handling business litigation.
From 2015 through 2019, he was commissioner of the Illinois Racing Board.
In other personnel moves news:
Principal Financial Group Inc. is promoting two senior vice presidents at its Principal International unit — Roberto Walker and Thomas Cheong — to executive vice president.
The Des Moines, Iowa-based life insurer also has announced the retirement of Luis Valdés, the chief executive officer of Principal International.
Valdés will retire March 31, after working for Principal for 26 years, the company said.
Walker has been president of Principal’s Principal Latin America subsidiary as well as a senior vice president at the parent company. He is based in Santiago, Chile. He has a bachelor’s degree from the Unversidad de Chile.
Early in his career, Walker worked for Citibank. He moved to Principal in 1996.
Cheong has been president of the company’s Principal Asia unit was well as a senior vice president at Principal. He is based in Hong Kong.
Cheong has a bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
Early in his career, he worked for affiliates of Prudential PLC of London and Manulife Financial Corp. He moved to Principal in 2015.