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President of Aflac US Announces 2023 Retirement Date

Insurance industry mourns the deaths of Everest Re chief risk officer, Allstate chief legal officer and Centene chief executive officer.
  • June 2022
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Teresa White

Aflac Inc. announced the retirement of Teresa L. White, president, Aflac U.S., effective March 31, 2023.

White has served as president since September 2014, according to BestWire.

A successor will be named at a later date.

White has more than 20 years of experience leading operations and driving revenue growth, created a vision for Aflac U.S. and has been a steady force in the execution of the company's long-term strategy, according to a company statement.

She is responsible for driving a strategy aimed to expand both distribution and product offerings, including standing up the broker distribution channel and launching the consumer markets platforms, as well as actively onboarding strategic acquisitions like Empowered Benefit, Aflac Northern Ireland, Argus and Zurich, the company said.

White has been tireless in her pursuit of fostering an inclusive and diverse workforce, according to the company, and she is passionate about employee development and empowerment as the cornerstone of Aflac's strategy for future growth.

—Staff Report

Donald F. Mango

Donald F. Mango, Former SVP, Chief Actuary and CRO at Everest Re Group, Dies at 58

Donald F. Mango, former senior vice president, chief actuary and chief risk officer at Everest Re Group, died at the age of 58 at home in Gladstone, New Jersey.

Mango was born Oct. 24, 1963, in San Francisco, and raised in Houston, instilling in him his long-time love of grits and rock music, according to his obituary.

Mango was the star “calculator” of his high school's math team. He graduated in 1985 from Rice University with a mechanical engineering degree, cum laude, and in 1986 applied on a whim to an actuarial assistant job listing.

Mango became a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society, was named CAS vice president of research & development, and served two terms on the CAS board. He was a board member of NLC Insurance Cos., a member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and a Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst. He traveled the world as a speaker at industry conferences and authored numerous award-winning actuarial papers.

In the final years of his career, he also was an adjunct lecturer in actuarial science at Columbia University's School of Professional Studies, his obituary said.

Juan C. Andrade, president and chief executive officer of Everest, said the company will honor Mango's legacy by establishing the Don Mango Scholarship at the Greenberg School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Study at St. John's University. In addition, he said the company also will create the Don Mango Award for Innovation to recognize Everest employee excellence.

“Don was a legend in our industry and had an immeasurable impact on Everest's business and culture,” Andrade said in a statement. “Don's tireless pursuit of innovation in the risk profession is an inspiration.”

Mango spent more than 30 years as an actuary and thought leader in insurance, reinsurance, enterprise risk management, innovation and insurtech at companies including Guy Carpenter, GE Insurance Solutions and Munich Re. He joined Everest Reinsurance Co. in September 2018 as global head of actuarial pricing and modeling, and was later promoted to group SVP, chief actuary and chief risk officer in March 2020, according to an earlier press release from Everest Re.

Mango is survived by his wife, Patricia, and son, Alexander.

Rhonda Ferguson

Allstate Chief Legal Officer Rhonda Ferguson Dies of Cancer

Rhonda Smith Ferguson, Allstate's chief legal officer, general counsel and secretary, died after a long battle with cancer.

For the past several years, Ferguson battled the disease, winning multiple times and living her life to its fullest throughout, according to a post by her family on her LinkedIn profile. She kept her condition largely private and chose to lean on her faith and family to live the way she wanted.

Ferguson joined Allstate in August 2020 as executive vice president, chief legal officer, general counsel and secretary, according to BestWire. She previously worked at Union Pacific Railroad where she had served as executive vice president, chief legal officer and corporate secretary and was responsible for all legal, regulatory and corporate governance initiatives. Ferguson joined Union Pacific in 2016 after nearly a decade as vice president, corporate secretary and chief ethics officer at FirstEnergy, an electric utility in her home state of Ohio, according to a previously issued press release from the company.

Allstate said in a statement it was mourning her loss. “Rhonda was a visionary force and a passionate friend, coach and mentor whose leadership helped ignite Allstate's transformation and create societal impact. We send our love and deepest sympathies to her family.”

After graduating with an industrial engineering degree from Northwestern University and a Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University, she had an accomplished career, serving as a chief legal officer, corporate vice president, philanthropic champion and board member. Above these career ambitions stood her commitment to family. She was immensely proud of and grateful for the life she created with them, according to a family post on her LinkedIn profile.

Ferguson is survived by her husband, children, parents, siblings and nephews.

Michael F. Neidorff

Centene CEO Remembered as Visionary in Health Care

Michael F. Neidorff, chairman and chief executive officer of health care company Centene Corp., died after a long illness. He was 79.

“Michael Neidorff was a visionary leader in health care. Today, the company he built provides health care for nearly one in 15 vulnerable individuals, and his life's work has transformed the delivery of care,” the company said in a statement.

Neidorff, who was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania, joined Centene as CEO in 1996 and led the company from a $40 million single health plan to a multinational $125 billion health care enterprise serving 25 million members, Centene said. Centene has grown to nearly 76,000 employees in all 50 states and three other countries.

Neidorff “made diversity and inclusion a central focus of his leadership, building an international corporation where women, people of color, LGBTQ, veterans, and people with disabilities all have opportunities to lead and excel,” Centene said.

As a philanthropist, Neidorff supported hundreds of not-for-profit organizations, which Centene said was widely celebrated.

Neidorff was the husband to Noémi Neidorff, father to Peter Neidorff and the late Monica Neidorff, and brother to Susan Neidorff Reinglass and Robert Neidorff.

Sarah London was appointed CEO of Centene, effective March 22. At the time, Neidorff remained on a previously announced medical leave of absence from his position on the board, the company said in a statement. Prior to her appointment as CEO, London was vice chairwoman of the Centene board of directors, the company said. In her management role, London led Centene's technology and digital strategy in addition to running the health care enterprises and specialty divisions, corporate strategy, quality operations, internal audit, compliance and risk management.

Also as vice chairwoman, London was responsible for a portfolio of companies independent of Centene's health plans, designing differentiated platform capabilities, and delivering industry-leading products and services to third-party customers, Centene said.

Mikhail Vanyo

Marsh McLennan Names General Counsel of Marsh

Marsh McLennan named Mikhail Vanyo to succeed Katherine Brennan as general counsel of Marsh, effective immediately.

Brennan was named senior vice president and general counsel of Marsh McLennan in mid-March. Vanyo will lead all legal and compliance strategy for Marsh globally. He will report to Martin South, president and chief executive officer of Marsh, and Brennan, according to a company statement.

Vanyo joined Marsh McLennan as the firm's chief competition counsel in 2017, later taking on the role of Marsh's chief counsel for global placement and specialty. Prior to joining Marsh McLennan, he served as federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, focusing on antitrust, fraud, and other white collar crime, and as an associate at the global law firms Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and O'Melveny & Myers.

Tom Clementi

Terrorism Reinsurer Pool Re Appoints Chief Executive Officer

Britain's terrorism reinsurer, Pool Re, appointed Tom Clementi to succeed Julian Enoizi as chief executive officer, subject to regulatory approvals.

As announced in November, Enoizi left the company after eight years, according to BestWire. Pool Re had undergone significant development under Enoizi's leadership and had been at the forefront of leading change in global insurance and reinsurance in response to the evolving terrorism threat, according to a prior company statement.

Clementi, who had been a strategic adviser at Lane Clark & Peacock, joined Pool Re April 4. He has many years of insurance industry experience, specifically with MS Amlin where he was most recently CEO of MS Amlin Underwriting Ltd., the company said.

Julian Enoizi

Former Pool Re CEO Joins Guy Carpenter as Global Head of Public Sector

Reinsurance broker Guy Carpenter, a business of Marsh McLennan, named Julian Enoizi to the newly created position of global head of public sector.

Enoizi transitioned to his new role April 11 and will be responsible for driving its growth strategy. He will work with the global team to identify opportunities to address systemic risks, such as cyber and climate change, and develop solutions that facilitate a closer working relationship between public and private entities. Working with Marsh McLennan's other businesses, including Marsh, Oliver Wyman and Mercer, he will continue building on the company's position as the market leader in the sector. Enoizi will be based in London and report to David Priebe, chairman of Guy Carpenter, according to a company statement.

Enoizi has more than 25 years of experience leading international insurance operations in continental European, London and Lloyd's markets. Most recently, he was chief executive officer of Pool Re, the U.K. government-backed terrorism reinsurer that operates as a public-private partnership, presiding over significant advancements to the organization and its strategic direction, including the renewal of its unlimited government guarantee. During this time, Enoizi also played a central role in discussions around how the United Kingdom might better manage the risks that sit on the government's balance sheet. These conversations culminated in the joint development of a landmark initiative “Resilience U.K.,” aimed at encouraging industry and government collaboration to tackle systemic risks and protection gaps beyond terrorism, according to the company.

“At Guy Carpenter, we remain committed to helping develop and secure public-private partnerships, which is vital to enhancing community resilience. Julian's understanding of the importance of such partnerships and his extensive market experience make him the ideal person to lead our global public sector practice,” said Dean Klisura, president and CEO of Guy Carpenter.

John Keppel

Zurich Appoints First UK Chief Sustainability Officer

Zurich appointed John Keppel, currently United Kingdom chief operating officer, in the newly created role of U.K. chief sustainability officer. Zurich also named Anita Fernqvist, currently chief data officer, to succeed Keppel as U.K. COO. Both roles will take effect on July 1.

Keppel, in addition to his sustainability responsibilities, will continue to hold responsibilities for U.K. engineering and the customer office. Keppel has an in-depth knowledge of Zurich's supplier network and facilities, as well as a broad understanding of the end-to-end U.K. business, according to a company statement.

Keppel has over 20 years of experience in management consultancy. He has been with Zurich for five years and previously worked at Information Services Group, most recently as president Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to ISG, Keppel was a director at Accenture and senior manager at Capgemini, according to a company statement and his LinkedIn profile.

In her new role, Fernqvist replaces Keppel as U.K. COO and will join the U.K. executive team. She will be responsible for leading the digital, data, operations and IT strategy and continual response to technological advancement, the company said.

Fernqvist joined Zurich from IBM 17 years ago. She has worked in a range of operations and technology roles in this time including head of business change and IT, head of COO office, head of central operations and most recently chief data officer, according to the company.

Terrance Williams

Allstate Fills Chief Human Resources Officer, Vice Chair-Protection Products CEO Posts

Allstate Corp. appointed Bob Toohey as executive vice president and chief human resources officer.

Toohey will help ensure Allstate attracts, retains and cultivates a diverse workforce, according to a company statement.

Toohey has more than 30 years of business and human resources experience, from leading large organizations through the telecom industry evolution to building startups. Most recently, Toohey was president at pymetrics, a company that uses ethical artificial intelligence to match people to jobs where they are most likely to succeed, the company said.

In addition, Allstate named Terrance Williams to succeed Don Civgin as vice chair and chief executive officer, protection products and services.

Civgin, who retired after 13 years with Allstate, joined the company as chief financial officer in 2008, became president and CEO of Allstate Financial in 2012 and vice chair of Allstate Corp. in 2019, according to a company statement.

Prior to joining Allstate, Civgin was executive vice president and CFO for OfficeMax and senior vice president, finance, and CFO of General Binding Corp. Before that, he held executive roles at Montgomery Ward, Alliant Foodservice and Itel Corp., according to his company bio.

Williams had been executive vice president and general manager of Allstate distribution, where he was focused on accelerating innovation to transform the company's agency distribution channels in the United States and Canada. Before joining Allstate in January 2020, Williams was president, emerging business group, and executive vice president, chief marketing officer for Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. During 24 years with Nationwide, he advanced through leadership roles touching almost every aspect of the business, including underwriting, claims, operations, sales and various profit and loss management roles.

Gary LaBranche

RIMS Names Successor to Retiring Chief Executive Officer

The Risk and Insurance Management Society named Gary LaBranche to succeed Mary Roth as chief executive officer, effective June 1.

Roth is retiring after 37 years of service with RIMS, according to BestWire.

LaBranche joins RIMS from NIRI: The Association for Investor Relations, where he has served as president and CEO since March 2017. NIRI's members represent 1,600 publicly traded companies with a combined market cap of $9 trillion, according to the company.

Previously, LaBranche served as CEO for the Association for Corporate Growth, the Association Forum of Chicagoland and two other organizations.

In addition, he was a senior executive at the American Society of Association Executives and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. At the Forum and the ASAE, he was responsible for identifying, developing, and sharing best practices, models and innovation in association management.

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