IRI Congratulates Newly Elected Members of the Board


PALM BEACH, FL. – The Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) today announced the election of its 2017-2018 Board of Directors and issued the following statement from IRI President and CEO, Cathy Weatherford.


“The Members of the Board of Directors are the guiding light for all we do at the Insured Retirement Institute. The 2017-2018 Board of Directors will provide IRI with a diversity of insights and ideas, representing all facets of the industry we represent. With backgrounds and experiences as varied as the sectors they come from, the Board of Directors will prove to be a valuable and distinguished asset to the IRI membership. I congratulate the Members of the Board on their elections and I look forward to working with them during the coming year.”


The following members have been elected to the Board of Directors for the first time for three-year terms:

  • Joe DeSilva, Senior Vice President of ADP Small Business Solutions, ADP Inc.
  • Dan Guilbert, Executive Vice President, Individual Life and Retirement Divisions, Symetra Financial


The following members have been reelected to serve three-year terms:

  • Tina Ambrozy, President, Nationwide Financial Distributors, Inc.
  • Bill Benjamin, Chief Executive Officer, Covr Financial Technologies
  • Greg Cicotte, Executive Vice President, Chief Distribution Officer, Jackson National Life Insurance Company
  • Erin Donnelly, Executive Vice President, Nuveen
  • Joseph A. Fournier, Executive Vice President, PIMCO
  • Rob Jameison, Senior Vice President & Head of Institutional Insurance and DCIO Relationship Management, Fidelity Institutional Asset Management
  • John Kennedy, Head of Retirement Solutions Distribution, Lincoln Financial Distributors, Inc.
  • Mike McCarthy, Senior Vice President, National Sales, Great-West Financial
  • Robert Moore, Chief Executive Officer, Cetera Financial Group
  • George Riedel, Head of US Intermediaries, T. Rowe Price
  • Scott Stolz, Senior Vice President, PCG Investment Products, Raymond James Insurance Group


The following members have been elected to fill the unexpired terms of previous directors:

  • Michael FerraroHead of Retail Financial Institutions Group North America, Blackrock (term to expire in 2019)
  • Kevin Kennedy, Managing Director & Head of Individual Annuity Business, AXA Distributors (term to expire in 2018)
  • Myles Lambert, Chief Distribution & Marketing Officer, Brighthouse Financial (term to expire in 2018)
  • Phil Pellegrino, Executive Director & Head of Annuities, UBS Financial Services (term to expire in 2019)


About the Insured Retirement Institute: The Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) is the leading association for the retirement income industry.  IRI proudly leads a national consumer coalition of more than 30 organizations, and is the only association that represents the entire supply chain of insured retirement strategies.  IRI members are the major insurers, asset managers, broker-dealers/distributors, and 150,000 financial professionals.  As a not-for-profit organization, IRI provides an objective forum for communication and education, and advocates for the sustainable retirement solutions Americans need to help achieve a secure and dignified retirement.  Learn more at


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