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Michael Morrissey to Chair Protective Life Board: Personnel Moves

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What You Need to Know

  • Michael Morrissey is the new chairman of Protective Life Corp.
  • MetLive named Katanya Moore to be vice president and head of regulatory policy.
  • Transamerica hired Christopher Ashe to succeed Michiel van Katwijk as its chief financial officer.

Michael Morrissey is the new chairman of Protective Life Corp., a Birmingham, Alabama-based life insurer that is owned by Dai-ichi Life Holdings Inc.

Morrissey has served on the company’s board for a year, and he is the former president and CEO of the International Insurance Society. Morrissey succeeds W. Michael Warren Jr., who has been chairman of Protective’s board since November 2019.

Previously, Morrissey was president of Manhattan Life Insurance Co. and a senior vice president at Crum & Forster.

Morrissey is a member of the insurance working group at the National Bureau of Economic Research, of the board of the St. John’s University of School of Risk Management, and of the steering committee of the Insurance Development Forum, an effort that involves the insurance industry, the United Nations and the World Bank.

He has a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and a master’s degree from Dartmouth.

He is also a chartered financial analyst and a former president of the Association of Insurance and Financial Analysts.

In other personnel moves news:

Simplicity Group Holdings has hired Mike Ebmeier to be executive vice president.

Simplicity is a Summit, New Jersey-based financial product distributor.

Ebmeier was previously senior vice president of independent annuity distribution for Global Atlantic Financial Group,

He has also been vice president of sales for Fidelity and Guaranty Life; vice president of independent distribution for Baltimore Life Insurance Co.; and a managing partner of Producers Choice East and Bay Pilot Marketing.

Ebmeier has a bachelor’s degree in business from and a master’s degree in business from Loyola College of Maryland, and he holds the certified financial planner professional designation. He is a past chairman of the National Association for Fixed Annuities.

MetLife Inc., a company based in New York, has hired Katanya Moore to be vice president and head of regulatory policy. Moore was previously director of the Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital Markets Subcommittee at the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services.

Before that, Moore was deputy commissioner of market compliance for the District of Columbia. She has also held senior positions at FINRA.

Moore has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester and a law degree from Rutgers.

Transamerica has hired Christopher Ashe to succeed Michiel van Katwijk as its chief financial officer.

Katwijk is retiring after spending a decade as Transamerica’s CFO.

Ashe previously spent a decade at New York Life Insurance Co. He has also worked for Genworth Financial Inc. and for Prudential Financial Inc.

Ashe has a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers and a master’s degree in business from Georgia State University. He holds the chartered financial analyst professional designation.

American Equity Life Investment Life Holding Co. says Ted Johnson, its chief financial officer, has left the CFO post and will leave the company later this year.

Anant Bhalla, the CEO, is serving as the interim chief financial officer while the company looks for a permanent replacement.

Centene Corp. has hired Suzy DePrizio to be senior vice president and chief marketing officer. She was an executive at the Johnson & Johnson U.S. Consumer Health business.

Previously, she was chief marketing officer at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Health Canada. Earlier, she served as an officer in the Navy for over nine years.

She has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a master’s degree in business from Harvard.

Zing Health Holdings Inc. has hired Dr. Trent Haywood to be its chief medical officer.

Zing Health is a Chicago-based Medicare Advantage plan company..

Previously Haywood was chief medical officer for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. While at the association, he oversaw the National Council of Physician Executives and founded and led the BCBS Institute,

He has also been deputy chief medical officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, a medical degree from the University of Illinois in Chicago and a law degree from Northwestern University.

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