Empire Life

Empire Life

December 18, 2007 17:40 ET

Next President and Chief Executive Officer Named for The Empire Life Insurance Company

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 18, 2007) - Mr. Duncan N.R. Jackman, Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Empire Life Insurance Company (Empire Life) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Leslie (Les) C. Herr, MBA, CFP, CLU, CH.F.C., as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Empire Life Insurance Company, effective April 1, 2008. Mr. Herr will succeed Mr. Douglas G. Hogeboom who has been President and Chief Executive Officer since May 2001.

"Les Herr has been a key contributor to the growth of Empire Life in recent years," said Mr. Jackman, "The Board of Directors is confident that under his leadership, and building upon the many achievements of Doug Hogeboom, Empire Life will enjoy continued success in the Canadian marketplace."

Mr. Herr joined Empire Life in November 1999 as Director of Sales, Central Ontario. In July 2001, he was appointed Vice-President, Individual Sales and Distribution and over the next five years also held executive responsibility for Individual New Business Operations, Distribution and Strategy. In January of this year, he was appointed Senior Vice-President, Individual Products. Mr. Herr spent the first 17 years of his career with a major Canadian life insurance company in a number of field management roles with progressively increasing levels of responsibility.

Mr. Herr holds an Executive MBA from Queen's University and is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. He is an active presenter, speaker and participant within the financial services industry and, most recently, was Chair of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) Agent Disclosure Task Force.

About Empire Life

A subsidiary of E-L Financial Corporation Limited, and in business since 1923, The Empire Life Insurance Company (Empire Life) provides financial security and wealth management solutions for the changing needs of Canadians. The Company's success comes from a commitment to being approachable and responsive to the needs of its clients and business partners, consistently solid investment performance and faith in its employees as future leaders. Visit the Empire Life Web site at www.empire.ca.

Contact Information

  • The Empire Life Insurance Company
    Julie Tompkins
    Director, Corporate Communications & Ombudsman
    (613) 548-1890, ext. 3301
    Email: julie.tompkins@empire.ca