October 22, 2013 08:00 ET

LIMRA and LOMA Name Board of Directors to Lead Newly Established Secure Retirement Institute™

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Oct 22, 2013) - LIMRA and LOMA President and CEO Robert A. Kerzner, CLU, ChFC, announced the establishment of the LIMRA LOMA Secure Retirement Institute™ during his remarks at the 2013 LIMRA Annual Conference this week.

"Retirement is top of mind for most Americans but our research shows that many consumers have not saved or planned enough to achieve a financially secure retirement," said Kerzner. "While there has been much debate on what is causing this lack of preparedness, I think we can all agree that getting better understanding on the fundamental issues undermining Americans' financial security in the hands of decisions makers is critical and would help certainly move us in the right direction."

The LIMRA LOMA Secure Retirement Institute (SRI) will focus on advancing research and education as catalysts for innovation within the industry to help improve retirement readiness and promote retirement security. The SRI Board of Directors brings together senior leaders from across the financial services retirement landscape to discuss and identify what we can do to improve retirement readiness.

The SRI board members include:

Gumer Alvero EVP, and General Manager, RiverSource Annuities, Ameriprise
William C. Anderson SVP, American Funds Distributors, Inc.
Maliz Beams CEO, Retirement Solutions, ING U.S.
Gregory Burrows SVP, Retirement and Investor Services, Principal Financial Group
Dewey P. Bushaw EVP, Retirement Solutions Division, Pacific Life Insurance Company 
Kent G. Callahan President and CEO, Employer Solutions & Pensions Division, Transamerica
Chip Castille Managing Director, BlackRock, Inc. 
William Chetney EVP, LPL Financial Services 
Charles C. Cornelio President, Retirement Plan Services, Lincoln Financial Group 
Aimee DeCamillo Vice President of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. and Co-Lead of Retirement Plan Services
Peter Gordon President and General Manager, John Hancock Retirement Plan Services 
John M. Grogan, Jr. SVP, Planning and Sales, Northwestern Mutual 
Eric S. Henderson SVP, Life Insurance and Annuities, Nationwide Financial
David N. Levenson Principal, Retirement, Insurance and Banking, Edward D. Jones & Co., L.P. 
Drew Lawton Senior Managing Director, Retirement Solutions and Third Party Distribution, New York Life Investments Group
Bill L. Lowe President, Sammons Retirement Solutions
Julia McCarthy EVP, Workplace Marketing, Solutions & Experience, Fidelity
James McCool EVP, Client Solutions, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. 
Edmund F. Murphy III Head of Defined Contribution, Putnam Investments
Charlie P. Nelson President, Retirement Services, Great-West Financial Services 
Robert F. O'Donnell President, Prudential Annuities
Joseph F. Ready EVP and Director, Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust, Wells Fargo
Katherine Roy Executive Director, Individual Retirement, JP Morgan Asset Management
Elaine A. Sarsynski EVP, MassMutual's Retirement Services Division; Chairman, MassMutual International 
Jon Stenberg EVP and General Manager, RiverSource Insurance, Ameriprise
Eric J. Thomes SVP, Sales, Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America

"The expectations and realities of retirement are changing as people are living longer, healthier lives," noted Kerzner. "As the trusted source of industry knowledge, it is important that LIMRA and LOMA lead our industry in the exploration and discussion of what a secure retirement means today, what it will mean in the future and how our industry will adjust to meet the changing needs of Americans and help them reach their financial goals throughout their lives." 

About LIMRA LOMA Secure Retirement Institute
The LIMRA LOMA Secure Retirement Institute provides comprehensive, unbiased research and education about all aspects within the retirement industry to improve retirement readiness and promote retirement security.

LIMRA, a worldwide research, consulting and professional development organization, is the trusted source of industry knowledge, helping more than 850 insurance and financial services companies in 73 countries increase their marketing and distribution effectiveness. Visit LIMRA at

About LOMA
Established in 1924, with 1,200 plus member companies in over 80 countries, LOMA is committed to a business partnership with its world-wide members in the insurance and financial services industry to improve their management and operations through quality employee development, research, information sharing, and related products and services. To find out more about LOMA and the learning opportunities it offers, visit LOMA's Web site at

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