U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson

Keynote Speaker

Simpson is a former U.S. senator who co-chaired the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform with U.S. Sen. Erskine Bowles and served as one of the 10 bipartisan members on the respected Iraq Study Group chaired by U.S. Rep. Lee Hamilton and U.S. Rep. Jim Baker. He is a partner in the Cody firm of Simpson, Kepler and Edwards, the Cody division of the Denver firm of Burg Simpson Eldredge, Hersh & Jardine, PC.

Simpson pre-served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards and still travels the country presenting speeches and lectures on a variety of subjects. He authored a book, Right in the Old Gazoo: A Lifetime of Scrapping with the Press, which chronicles his personal experiences and views of the news media. His biography, Shooting from the Lip, was published in September 2011. From 1997 to 2000, Simpson was a visiting lecturer and for two years, the director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. During fall 2000 he returned to his Alma Mater, the University of Wyoming, as a visiting lecturer in the Political Science Department and co-taught class entitled, "Wyoming's Political Identity: Its History and Its Politics," proving to be one of the most popular classes offered at UW. Read his full biography.

David Alberts

Mayer Brown

David Alberts is a partner in the New York office of Mayer Brown, where he focuses his practice on insurance and reinsurance matters. David’s work for the life insurance industry includes corporate/M&A, regulatory, contract wording, insurance finance (including life and annuity reserve financing), collateral arrangements and credit enhancements, and new product development. He regularly advises on multijurisdictional and cross-border transactions and regulatory issues, including credit for reinsurance laws, risk transfer regulations, permissible investment under insurance investment laws and related collateralization requirements. In the past few years, he has represented numerous insurers in a steady stream of highly structured life insurance reserve financing transactions. David is a long time advisor to the ACLI Reinsurance Committee and is a member of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel.

Spencer Alridge

Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
SCOR Global Life Americas

Spencer Alridge is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at SCOR Global Life Americas. Currently, he is responsible for all legal and compliance matters for the Latin American and Canadian operations of SCOR. Prior to his work with the international businesses, he had primary responsibility for all litigation, arbitration and dispute remediation and resolution worldwide. Spencer provides the life reinsurance representation for SGLA to both the ACLI and the RAA. Before joining Transamerica, he spent 10 years in private practice, concentrating on litigation of insurance, employment, bankruptcy and commercial matters. Spencer received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from George Washington University.

Richard J. Bielen, MBA, CPA

Vice Chairman, Chief Financial Officer
Protective Life Corporation

Mr. Bielen is vice chairman and chief financial officer of Protective Life Corporation. He joined Protective Life in 1991 with responsibility for the company’s Securities portfolio, became chief investment officer and Treasurer in 2002 and has served as vice chairman and chief cinancial officer since 2007.

He is a certified public accountant and serves on the boards of The United Way of Central Alabama, The Alabama Trust Fund, Children’s Health System and Cluff Research Fund. He earned a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University.

Jeff Boland

Chief Risk Officer
Athene Holding Ltd.

Mr. Boland is Chief Risk Officer of Athene Holding Ltd., a Bermuda-based holding company for the Athene family of companies, whose core business is fixed annuities in the growing retirement services market. He received a PhD in pure mathematics from the University of Michigan, served as an assistant professor of mathematics and authored research publications, and has worked in risk management within the capital markets and reinsurance industry for many years.

Richard Braun, MD

Vice President & Chief Medical Officer
Generali USA Life Re

Dr. Braun currently serves as vice president and chief medical officer for Generali USA Life Re. He was previously Chief Medical Director of Lincoln Re. And he was Medical Director for ExamOne before joining Generali USA Life Re. He is a past president of the American Academy of Insurance Medicine and currently chairs the Membership committee of the ACLI Medical Section. He is Board certified in Internal Medicine and Insurance Medicine.

Lawrence S. Carson, FSA, MAAA

Senior Vice President and Chief Pricing Actuary, Global Financial Solutions
RGA Reinsurance Company

Mr. Carson is senior vice president and chief pricing actuary, Global Financial Solutions for RGA Reinsurance Company. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of pricing for this worldwide business unit, which focuses on asset-intensive, capital-motivated, and bulk longevity reinsurance transactions.

He received an A.B. (cum laude) degree in Mathematics from Harvard University. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (SOA) and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He has also served in various roles with the SOA’s Reinsurance Section Council, was a member of the Academy’s Life Reinsurance Work Group, and has spoken at numerous industry meetings.

Mike DeKoning, FSA, FCIA, MAAA

President & CEO
Munich American Reassurance Company

Mr. DeKoning joined Munich American Reassurance Company in January 2008 as president and chief executive officer. Mike is responsible for all of the U.S. life reinsurance business for Munich Re, including individual life and disability, group life and disability, and long term care. He directs all aspects of the business and sits on the Munich American Reasurance Company board of directors as well as the board of directors of LifePlans, Inc., one of the largest providers of long term care insurance underwriting, claims and administration services.

He is a past board member and chairman of the Audit Committee of MIB Group and is currently on the board of the American Council of Life Insurers and the Educational Foundation of the Department of Risk Management and Insurance of Georgia State University.

Doug French, FSA, FCA, FIAA, MAAA

Managing Principal, Insurance and Actuarial Advisory Services
Ernst & Young LLP

Mr. French is the managing principal of the Insurance and Actuarial Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP’s Financial Services Offices. Mr. French is based in New York City. He has spent over 28 years in actuarial consulting. He has worked on engagements in the United States, Mexico, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. His clients include banks as well as insurance companies.

He is a frequent speaker at industry seminars on topics such as enterprise risk management, capital management, retirement income, solvency II and solvency modernization. Mr. French is a co-author of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia’s sessional paper “Margin on Services Reporting: The Financial Implications,” which was the Institute of Actuaries of Australia 1993 Parker Prize Winner.

Anthony Garcia, MBA

Western & Southern Agency Group

Mr. Garcia is the newly-appointed president of W&S Agency Group, where he leads Western & Southern Financial Group’s career marketing and sales organization, encompassing 2,800 field and home office associates in 182 offices across the United States.

He holds a Series 7 securities license and serves on the board of the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI). He is a graduate of Delta State University and holds an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Frank L. Gillis

Chief Executive Officer
Athene Life Re Ltd.

Mr. Gillis is the Chief Executive Officer and one of the founders of Athene Life Re Ltd., based in Bermuda. Athene Life Re is a reinsurance company focused on the growing retirement services market, whose core business is fixed deferred annuity reinsurance. His many years of experience include expertise in insurance solutions for Life and Annuity companies.

Frank “Chip” Gillis serves on the boards of Athene Holding, Athene Life Re and a subsidiary Special Purpose Vehicle, Highland Re.

Gail Goering, JD

Foley & Lardner LLP

Gail Goering is a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP where her practice is primarily devoted to advising clients in reinsurance disputes, both in the U.S. and abroad. These matters have involved issues arising from both life/health and property/casualty reinsurance contracts. She is co-chair of the firm’s Insurance & Reinsurance Industry Team and a member of the Insurance & Reinsurance Litigation Practice.

Dean C. Graham, FIA

Head of Life Reinsurance

Mr. Graham is Head of Life Reinsurance at PartnerRe and responsible for the world-wide life reinsurance activities of PartnerRe. He joined the life reinsurance unit of PartnerRe in 2008 with responsibility for business development and was appointed to lead the unit in 2010. PartnerRe offers risk reinsurance, financing and structured solutions for individual and group life risks as well as risk transfer solutions for longevity risk.

He has a Bachelors degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and worked at Old Mutual before joining PartnerRe.

Eric S. Henderson, FSA, MAAA

Senior Vice President, Individual Products & Solutions
Nationwide Financial

Mr. Henderson is senior vice president and leader of the Individual Products & Solutions segment of Nationwide Financial. Prior to this position, Henderson was senior vice president of the Individual Investments Group. He was elected to his current position in October of 2011, making him accountable for the financial health of Nationwide’s individual annuity and life segments representing over $60 billion in assets and reserves, and $120 billion of insurance in-force.

Eric holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in mathematics from The Ohio State University and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries. Eric also serves on the Thurber House Board of Trustees.

Daniel J. Houston

President, Retirement, Insurance and Financial Services
Principal Financial Group

Mr. Houston is president, Retirement, Insurance and Financial Services with the Principal Financial Group®. He is responsible for the company’s U.S. asset accumulation businesses, including the retirement, mutual funds and annuity lines of business. He’s also responsible for the company’s U.S. insurance solutions businesses, including individual life and specialty benefits, as well as, distribution channels supporting all units.

He’s a member of several boards, including Employee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI). Houston has appeared before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging to discuss the importance of educating the workforce about the financial needs in retirement. Houston also joined the joint forum of U.S. Senate Committees on Finance and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to discuss “Private-Sector Retirement Savings Plans: What Does the Future Hold?”

Gary “Doc” Huffman, CLU, ChFC

Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Ohio National Financial Services

Mr. Huffman is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Ohio National Financial Services. He joined Ohio National in August 2008 as vice chairman, Distribution; advancing to vice chairman and chief operating officer in November 2009 and President and chief executive officer in December 2010. He started his career in the insurance business in 1975 as an agent with Mass Mutual Life and later a general agent, a 20-year qualifier for the Mass Mutual Leaders Club and life member of the Million Dollar Round Table.

DuWayne Kilbo, MBA, FLMI

Windsor Insurance

Mr. Kilbo has worked for Windsor since 2004 and is a leader on Underwriting and New Business. He has been active in the Life Industry since 1985, serving in a variety of different Underwriting roles, including his previous role as Director of Technical Underwriting for a top industry carrier.

His experience and background includes expertise in Large Case and Impaired Risk Underwriting, Product Development, Reinsurance Management/Relations, Underwriting Management, Underwriting and New Business Process Development and Enhancement, Vendor Management/Relations, Underwriting Research and Development, and Claims. His current duties include amongst other things Case Underwriting, New Business Management, Agent Recruitment, Sales Development, and Agency Management

Mark E. Konen, FSA, MAAA

President Insurance and Retirement Solutions
Lincoln Financial Group

Mr. Konen is president of the Insurance and Retirement Solutions division of Lincoln Financial Group. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of strategic leadership, product development and profitability management of the Life Insurance, Annuity and Group Protection businesses. In addition, he is responsible for sales and distribution for Group Protection.

Mr. Konen has over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry. He is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Nebraska. He is an active community leader, serving on the board of the Pennsylvania Nature Conservancy. His industry activities include serving on various ACLI committees.

Hugh T. McCormick, JD

DuaneMorris LLP

Hugh McCormick is a partner in the New York office of Duane Morris LLP, a law firm of more than 700 lawyers with offices in 12 states, as well as London, Singapore and Viet Nam. He served as executive vice president, corporate development, at Scottish Re Group Limited from 2005 to 2007. He advises domestic and international insurance and reinsurance companies on tax, regulatory, and corporate matters arising in connection with reinsurance, M&A and securitization transactions.

He is a contributing author of Insurance Industry Mergers and Acquisitions (Society of Actuaries, 2005) and International Life Insurance (Chancellor Publications Ltd. (UK), 2002). He received a B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1968, a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law in 1977, and an LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown University in 1980.

Eileen McDonnell, MBA

President and Chief Executive Officer
The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company

Eileen C. McDonnell is president and chief executive officer of The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company. In 2012, Ms. McDonnell was named vice chair of the Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania and to the Board of The American Council of Life Insurers. Previously, she was president of New England Financial, a wholly owned subsidiary of Met Life, and senior vice president of the Guardian Life Insurance Company.

A graduate of Molloy College, Rockville Centre, N.Y., Ms. McDonnell majored in mathematics and computer science, and received an honorary doctor oflaws (LL.D.) degree in 2011. She earned her MBA in finance and investments from Adelphi University, Garden City, N.Y.

Bill Moore

VP Underwriting & Medical
Munich Re

Mr. Moore has over 30 years of underwriting experience and a diverse background in managing risk in various market niches including financial institution, brokerage, direct response and captive agencies. He has split his career between reinsurance and direct writing companies.

He has managed underwriting research and development, medical, claims and risk management functions in addition to new business and underwriting. He has experience in establishing underwriting philosophy and guidelines, preferred criteria to meet product objectives and managing automated underwriting systems.

Kevin Oldani

Senior Vice President - Chief Underwriter
Hannover Life Re America (HLR America)

Mr. Oldani joined Hannover Life Re America in April 2009. At HLR America, Kevin is responsible for the overall management of the underwriting department. He has over 30 years of underwriting experience, including management of ING Re’s underwriting department, training and mentoring on underwriting issues, conducting client visits/audits, managing client relationships, and underwriting management of the COLI/BOLI line of business.

He is a member of AHOU and the Rocky Mountain Society of Home Office Underwriters. Kevin is past president of The Southeastern Home office Underwriters Association, Past Chairman of the COLI Directors meeting and the executive committee for the Impaired Risk Underwriting Association.

Maurice A. Perkins

Senior Vice President of Federal Relations
American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI)

Maurice Perkins is Senior Vice President of Federal Relations and joined the American Council of Life Insurers in 2005.

Mr. Perkins was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President in 2011. Prior to joining ACLI’s Federal Relations Department, Mr. Perkins served almost five years as a Professional Staff Member in the U.S. Senate. He first worked on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee - then to Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) on the Senate Banking Committee.

Mr. Perkins had responsibility for legislation regarding national security issues, trade, and international financial institutions. He worked closely with U.S. Department of Treasury and Department of State officials and aided Presidential nominees through the Senate confirmation process.

At ACLI, Mr. Perkins helps to manage a team of federal lobbyists on issues covering tax, financial services, and retirement security issues of importance to the life insurance industry on Capitol Hill, including tax reform efforts, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, the Pension Protection Act, and reinsurance issues.

A native of Miami, Florida, Maurice has a Bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College in upstate New York and a Masters Degree from Columbia University.

Nardeep Sangha

Managing Director, Global Life & Health Risk Transformation
Swiss Re Services Ltd (London)

Mr. Sangha joined Swiss Re in November 2011 as global head of Life & Health Risk Transformation. He joined from Deutsche Bank where he was a Managing Director in Global Rates and the CEO / CIO of Abbey Life. His professional qualifications include: Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and Associate Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Upon graduating from Nottingham University with a BSC (Hons) in Mathematics with statistics, he joined the insurance consulting division of Watsons. In 1993 he moved to Midland Personal Financial Services where he qualified as an Actuary before beginning his capital markets career at Sumitomo Bank prior to joining Deutsche Bank in 2000.

Peter R. Schaefer, FSA, MAAA

President and CEO
Hannover Life Reassurance Company of America

Peter R. Schaefer is President and CEO of Hannover Life Reassurance Company of America (HLR America), the North American life and health reinsurance subsidiary of the Hannover Re Group. Hannover Re is one of the largest and most financially sound professional reinsurance groups in the world. Rated "AA-" by Standard & Poor’s and “A+” by A.M. Best, HLR America offers innovative risk reinsurance and financial solutions for ordinary life, group life, annuities, accident and health, and special risk insurance. HLR America is licensed or accredited in all 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico.

Pete joined HLR America on January 1, 1999 as Chief Actuary and assumed his current responsibilities two years later. He is an active participant in numerous actuarial and life insurance industry committees and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Council of Life Insurers and is Co-Chair of the Executive Task Force on Global Solvency. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA). He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business in 1982 with a B.S. in Economics. He and his wife Teresa reside in Orlando, Florida.

Philip Smalley MD, FRCPC

Vice President and Medical Director
RGA International Corporation

Dr. Philip Smalley is the vice president and medical director for RGA International Corporation and managing director of the Longer Life Foundation. He is currently responsible for medical research and assisting in product development.

He is an internal medicine specialist with more than 20 years of insurance medicine experience. He received his medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1986. Prior to joining RGA International, he consulted for many direct insurance companies and also practiced medicine at a University of Toronto affiliated teaching hospital. He is also the Past President of the Canadian Life Insurance Medical Officers Association.

Brad Smith, FSA, MAAA


Mr. Smith joined Milliman & Robertson, Inc., now known as Milliman, in April 1986 to open the life/health practice in Dallas. His practice involved all aspects of life and health insurance including insurance industry mergers and acquisitions, product pricing and financial statement preparation. He served as a member of Milliman's Board of Directors from May 1996 to May 1999. In May 2000 he was elected to the position of Chairman of Milliman, and continues to serve in that capacity.

He is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries (SOA), a member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and a fellow of the Life Management Institute (LOMA). He recently served as president of the SOA. He has also been an elected section council member of the following SOA sections: Financial Reporting, Marketing & Distribution, and Product Development and served as a member of the SOA’s Board of Governors, Director of Publications and chairman of the SOA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Neil Sprackling

President, Life & Health US
Swiss Re

Mr. Sprackling is president of Swiss Re’s Life & Health US Business and a member of the firm’s Americas Management Team. With over 27 years’ reinsurance experience spanning the UK, Spain, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand, Neil’s background includes client management, underwriting, and marketing. He managed Mercantile & General’s Spanish branch office prior to moving to Australia in 1997 to join Swiss Re.

Neil has led various business and industry programs on behalf of Swiss Re in Australia. Foremost among these is the protection gap initiative addressing the issue of underinsurance, and the extensive review of the income protection market.

Michael E. Sproule, FSA, MAAA

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
New York Life Insurance Company

Mr. Sproule is executive vice president and chief financial officer for New York Life Insurance Company overseeing: the Office of the Chief Actuary; the Controller’s Department; Mergers & Acquisitions; Financial Planning Analysis and Budgets; Rating Agency relationships; the Office of Risk Management; the Tax Department; and, the Treasury Department. He became a member of the Executive Management Committee in May 2002.

With 40 years of industry experience, Mr. Sproule joined New York Life in 1999 as Senior Vice President in charge of Mergers & Acquisitions. Mr. Sproule received a bachelor’s degree in math and physics and an MBA in finance and marketing from the University of Toronto. In addition, he is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

Chris C. Stroup. MBA

Chairman and CEO, Wilton
Operating Partner, Stone Point Capital

Previously, Mr. Stroup was the Chief Executive Officer of Swiss Re Life & Health America Inc. ("Swiss Re"). Prior to joining Swiss Re, Mr. Stroup served as Chief Financial Officer at Life Re Corporation, and was also a partner with Ernst & Young LLP. Mr. Stroup holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

Darryl Wagner, FSA, MAAA

Deloitte Consulting LLP

Mr. Wagner is based in the Hartford office of Deloitte Consulting LLP and serves as National Practice Leader for Deloitte Consulting’s U.S. Life Actuarial Practice. He has more than 25 years of experience in the life and health actuarial field, including involvement in statutory and GAAP valuation and financial reporting, mergers and acquisitions, demutualizations and GAAP conversions for both direct writers and reinsurers. Darryl has extensive international experience, having served clients on six continents, and is the IFRS insurance consulting practice leader for Deloitte Consulting.

Darryl is a frequent speaker at industry functions and has participated in AICPA deliberations various insurance financial reporting and valuation subjects. He currently serves on the SOA Board of Directors and as Chair of the SOA’s International Committee. He is also an SOA representative to the International Actuarial Association. Darryl earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in mathematics from the University of Nebraska in 1985. Before joining Deloitte, he worked for CIGNA and Arthur Andersen, both in Hartford, CT.

David Wesley, MD

Vice President, Director of Medical Research
SCOR Global Life Americas

David Wesley, MD, is Vice President, Director Medical Research for SCOR Global Life Americas in Charlotte. Dr. Wesley received both his BA and his MD degrees from the University of California at San Diego. He practiced internal medicine in Syracuse, NY before joining the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York in 1985 as Senior Medical Director. Dr. Wesley went on to serve as Vice President and Chief Medical Director for National Life of Vermont; Cologne Life Re, General Re; Generali USA Life Re; and Transamerica Re.

Dr. Wesley is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Insurance Medicine. His industry activities have included numerous publications and presentations.

William J. Wheeler, MBA

President, Americas
MetLife, Inc.

Mr. Wheeler is the president of the Americas region of MetLife, Inc. As president, he oversees MetLife’s insurance and retirement businesses in the United States and Latin America.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Wheeler was executive vice president and chief financial officer at MetLife. Before joining MetLife, he was an investment banker at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and also received an A.B., from Wabash College, where he is now a member of the board of trustees.

A. Greig Woodring, FSA

President & Chief Executive Officer
Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated

Mr. Woodring is president and chief executive officer and a director of Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated. Prior to becoming President, Greig served as Executive Vice President of General American Life Insurance Company (now GenAmerica Financial L.L.C.), in charge of all reinsurance business. His leadership and experience have been pivotal in helping to make RGA one of the world’s leading life reinsurance companies, with more than $2.5 trillion dollars of life reinsurance in force.

He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries. He received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Mathematics from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science (M.S.) in Mathematics from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. He serves as a director and officer of many RGA subsidiaries.