Executive Officers

Executive Officers

  • Anant Bhalla

    Anant Bhalla

    Chief Executive Officer & President

    Anant Bhalla is Chief Executive Officer (effective March 1, 2020) and President (effective January 27, 2020) of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company. Prior to joining American Equity, he was a partner of Bhalla Capital Partners, focused on bringing together private capital and asset management capabilities in the global life insurance sector. From 2016 to 2019, Mr. Bhalla served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Brighthouse Financial, Inc. He joined MetLife in 2014 as its Chief Financial Officer of Retail business. Prior to MetLife, Mr. Bhalla served in numerous senior roles including Chief Risk Officer, Treasurer and other management roles at Fortune 500 companies, including American International Group, Lincoln National Corporation, and Ameriprise Financial. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Madras University, India and an MBA from S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, India.

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      Ted M. Johnson

      Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
      Ted M. Johnson was appointed CFO and Treasurer of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company on June 27, 2012. Prior to being appointed CFO, he was Vice President and Controller since August 2001. Prior to joining American Equity, Mr. Johnson was a Senior Manager with Ernst & Young LLP, where he was employed from 1992 until August 2001, working primarily on audit clients in the insurance industry. Johnson received his B.A. from the University of Iowa. He is a Certified Public Accountant and has over 20 years of experience in the life insurance industry.
      • Ronald J. Grensteiner

        President, American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company
        Ronald J. Grensteiner is President of American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company. He became President on January 1, 2009. Prior to being President, Mr. Grensteiner served as Senior Vice President and National Marketing Director. He started his insurance career in 1985 as an agent with Northwestern Mutual Life and later served as Regional Vice President for American Life and Casualty, a subsidiary of Statesman. He received his B.S. from North Dakota State University. Mr Grensteiner has more than 25 years of experience in the life insurance industry.
        • Jeffrey D. Lorenzen, CFA

          Executive Vice President & Chief Investment Officer
          Jeffrey D. Lorenzen, CFA is Executive Vice President (since 2015) and Chief Investment Officer of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company and American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company. Prior to joining American Equity as Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer in February 2009, he was the President and Chief Investment Officer of WB Capital Management Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of West Bancorporation, Inc. He also served on the board of directors for WB Capital Management, Inc., and was a member of the management committee of West Bancorporation (Nasdaq; WTBA). Prior to 2006, Mr. Lorenzen was President and Chief Investment Officer of Investors Management Group, where he spent 14 years in a variety of investment leadership positions. He started his career at Statesman as a high-yield credit analyst in 1989. He received his B.B.A. in finance from the University of Iowa and and M.B.A. from Drake University. He earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1993. Mr. Lorenzen has more than 25 years of experience in the investment and life insurance industries.
          • Renee D. Montz

            Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
            Renee D. Montz was named Executive Vice President and General Counsel of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company and American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company in April 2016 and Secretary of those companies in July 2016. She served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel since June 2014. Prior to joining American Equity, Ms. Montz served in various roles at AEGON Asset Management from 2004 to 2014, including as General Counsel for AEGON USA Investment Management, LLC from 2012 to 2014. Prior to that, she was a corporate and securities attorney in the Chicago office of Mayer Brown LLP for four years. Ms. Montz completed her undergraduate studies at Iowa State and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa, College of Law. She has over 20 years of legal experience, including 13 years of experience in the life insurance industry.
            • Jennifer Bryant

              Jennifer Bryant

              Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
              Jennifer Bryant is Executive Vice President (effective June 1, 2017) and Chief Human Resources Officer of American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company. Prior to joining American Equity as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer in October 2016, she served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Bankers Trust and prior to that as Human Resources Business Partner at Aviva USA. Ms. Bryant has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources. Earlier in her career she spent 10 years with Wells Fargo in a variety of Human Resources roles. Jennifer's expertise is providing expert HR counsel with special emphasis on executive coaching, leadership and cultural change, organization development, talent management, and employee engagement.
               
              • Scott A. Samuelson

                Scott A. Samuelson

                Senior Vice President – Accounting & Controller, American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company
                Scott A. Samuelson has served as Senior Vice President – Accounting and Controller of American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company since 2017 and Vice President – Accounting and Controller from 2012 until 2017.  Prior to that, he served as Assistant Vice President - Assistant Controller of the Company since 2010. Before joining American Equity in 2010, he was a senior manager with Ernst & Young LLP, where he was employed from 1995 until 2010 serving audit clients in the insurance and financial services industries.  Scott graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.  He is a certified public accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants.  Scott has over 20 years of experience in the life insurance industry.