HAMILTON, Bermuda – June 6, 2016 -- Everest Re Group, Ltd. (NYSE: RE) announced the election of John Graf to its Board of Directors, effective May 18, 2016.
John Graf retired as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Forethought Financial Group in 2014, following its acquisition by Global Atlantic Financial Group, where he remains as Non-Executive Vice Chairman of the Board. Prior to joining Forethought in 2006, he served as Vice Chairman of the Board of AXA Financial, Inc. and President and Chief Operating Officer for several of its subsidiaries.
Until 2005, Mr. Graf had been Executive Vice President at AIG, having joined the company when American General Corporation was acquired by AIG in 2001. At the time of the acquisition, he was Senior Vice Chairman, responsible for all group retirement plans, annuity and retail investment businesses. He joined American General in 1998 upon the acquisition of Western National Life Insurance Company. Having started with Conseco in 1987, Mr. Graf worked primarily for its subsidiary, Western National Life Insurance Company, where he rose to the position of Vice Chairman and Chief Marketing and Administrative Officer before its acquisition by American General.
Mr. Graf currently serves as a board member for various companies and organizations including, Global Atlantic Financial Group, Memorial Hermann Health Care Systems as well as several local community boards including the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston where he most recently served as chairman.
Mr. Graf received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Illinois. Mr. Joseph V. Taranto, Chairman said "With more than 35 years of experience in leadership roles within the global financial services industry, John brings a unique and complementary skill set to our Board. His advice and counsel will be welcomed as we continue to expand the Everest footprint."
Everest Re Group, Ltd. is a Bermuda holding company that operates through the following subsidiaries: Everest Reinsurance Company provides reinsurance to property and casualty insurers in both the U.S. and international markets. Everest Reinsurance (Bermuda), Ltd., including through its branch in the United Kingdom, provides reinsurance and insurance to worldwide property and casualty markets and reinsurance to life insurers. Everest Reinsurance Company (Ireland), Limited provides reinsurance to non-life insurers in Europe. Everest National Insurance Company and Everest Security Insurance Company provide property and casualty insurance to policyholders in the U.S.
Everest Indemnity Insurance Company offers excess and surplus lines insurance in the U.S. Everest Insurance Company of Canada provides property and casualty insurance to policyholders in Canada. The Company also operates within the Lloyd's insurance market through Syndicate 2786. In addition, through Mt. Logan Re, Ltd., the Company manages segregated accounts, capitalized by the Company and third party investors that provide reinsurance for property catastrophe risks. Additional information on Everest Re Group companies can be found at the Group’s web site at www.everestregroup.com.