Board of Directors

Board of Directors

  • img

    John M. Matovina

    Non-Executive Chairman of the Board, American Equity Investment Life Holding Company
    John M. Matovina, has served as a director since 2000 and is serving as non-executive Chairman following his termination of employment with the Company. He has served as Chairman since April 2017 and served as Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company from June 2012 until March 1, 2020 and January 27, 2020, respectively.  He served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Company from 2009 to 2012 and as the Company's Vice Chairman from 2003 to April 2017.  Mr. Matovina was a private investor and a financial consultant to us from 1997 to 2003.  From 1983 through 1996, he was a senior financial officer of Statesman and many of its subsidiaries, and prior to Statesman's acquisition in 1994, he served as Statesman's Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary.  Mr. Matovina is a certified public accountant and has more than 30 years of experience in the life insurance industry.
  • Anant Bhalla

    Anant Bhalla

    Chief Executive Officer & President, American Equity Investment Life Holding Company

    Anant Bhalla was appointed appointed President of the Company on January 27, 2020 and Chief Executive Officer on March 1, 2020. Prior to that, Mr. Bhalla was a partner of Bhalla Capital Partners, from March 2019 to January 2020.  From 2016 until 2019, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Brighthouse Financial, Inc.  From 2014 until 2016, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Retail business for MetLife. 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.  

  • img

    Joyce A. Chapman

    Retired Executive, West Bank

    Joyce A. Chapman has served as a director since 2008. She worked for over 35 years with West Bank, West Des Moines, Iowa until her retirement in 2006.  While at West Bank, Ms. Chapman served in various capacities related to bank administration and operations.  From 1975 until her retirement from the board in 2018, Ms. Chapman served as a director for West Bank and West Bancorporation, Inc.  Ms. Chapman has served in numerous positions of leadership in philanthropic and banking industry organizations.

    Independent Director
  • img

    Brenda J. Cushing

    Retired Executive, Athene Holding

    Brenda J. Cushing has served as a director since March 2017. Ms. Cushing has been an independent insurance consultant since August 2015.  From August 2014 to August 2015, Ms. Cushing served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Athene Holding Ltd., a retirement services company, and from October 2013 to August 2014, Ms. Cushing served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Athene USA Corp., a subsidiary of Athene Holding Ltd.  From 2008 until its acquisition by Athene Holding Ltd. in 2013, Ms. Cushing served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Aviva USA Corp., a diversified financial company that offered long-term savings, insurance and retirement income products.  Ms. Cushing is a certified public accountant and has been involved in the insurance industry for over 20 years.

    Independent Director
  • James Gerlach

    James M. Gerlach

    Retired Executive, American Equity Investment Life Holding Company
    James M. Gerlach has served as director since 1996.  He served as Executive Vice President of the Company from 1996 until his retirement in 2011.  Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Gerlach served as Executive Vice President of American Life and Casualty Insurance Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Statesman Group, Inc., and as Executive Vice President and Treasurer of Vulcan Life Insurance Company, a subsidiary of American Life and Casualty Insurance Company.  Mr. Gerlach was active in the insurance industry for over 45 years.
    Independent Director
  • Douglas T. Healy

    Douglas T. Healy

    Retired Executive

    Douglas T. Healy was elected to the board of directors in August 2020.  Mr. Healy currently serves as a senior advisor to a number of companies in the financial, technology and non-profit sectors.  Prior to his current activities, Mr. Healy had more than 30 years of senior leadership experience at major financial and asset management firms including Credit Suisse, AXA Investment Managers and CS First Boston and has a deep knowledge of the insurance industry, investment strategy and asset allocation.

    Mr. Healy is a Chartered Financial Analyst and also serves as Director and Treasurer of The Eagle Academy Foundation.

    Independent Director
  • Robert  Howe

    Robert L. Howe

    Retired Deputy Commissioner and Chief Examiner, State of Iowa

    Robert L. Howe has served as a director since 2005. He is our Lead Independent Director.  He served the State of Iowa Insurance Division from 1964 to 2002 in various capacities.  He was named Deputy Commissioner and Chief Examiner in 1985 and served in that position until his retirement in 2002.  During this time, Mr. Howe was responsible for the financial oversight of 220 domestic insurance companies.  Since his retirement, Mr. Howe has been a self-employed insurance consultant.  Mr. Howe served as a director of EMC National Life Company from 2003 until 2007, and, from 2007 until 2018, Mr. Howe served as a director of EMC Insurance Group.  He also served as the designated financial expert on the board of directors of EMC Insurance Group.  Mr. Howe is a certified financial examiner, certified insurance examiner, certified government financial manager and accredited insurance receiver.

    Independent Director
    Lead Director
  • Keeley

    Michelle M. Keeley

    Retired Executive, RiverSource Investments, LLC

    Michelle M. Keeley was elected to the board of directors in June 2020.  Ms. Keeley is a retired Executive Vice President of equities and fixed income investments for RiverSource Investments, LLC, the asset management division of Ameriprise Financial Services.  Ms. Keeley worked for American Express and its publicly-traded spin-off, Ameriprise Financial Services, from 2002 to 2010.  Prior to joining American Express, Ms. Keeley was a managing director with Zurich Global Assets from 1990 to 2002.  In November 2014, Ms. Keeley was elected to serve as an independent director on the board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines. Currently, she serves as chair of the human resources and compensation committee and a member of the finance and planning and executive committees for the board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines.  In 2015, Ms. Keeley became a director of the Bridge Builder Mutual Fund Series, an affiliated company of Edward Jones Financial Services. Ms. Keeley serves on all committees of the board of the Bridge Builder Mutual Fund Series. 
     

    Independent Director
  • img

    William R. Kunkel

    Retired Executive, Archdiocese of Chicago

    William R. Kunkel has served as a director since June 2016.  He served as General Counsel of the Archdiocese of Chicago from November 2016 until July 31, 2020. From 2012 through April 1, 2016, he served as the Company's Executive Vice President, Legal and General Counsel.  Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Kunkel was a partner at the international law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP for over 25 years, where he focused his practice on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and other corporate governance and securities matters.

    Independent Director
  • Alan Matula

    Alan D. Matula

    Chief Information Officer, Weber-Stephen Products LLC

    Alan D. Matula has served as a director since December, 2015. He has served as the Chief Information Officer of Weber-Stephen Products LLC, a privately owned company which manufactures charcoal, gas and electric outdoor grills and accessories, since December 2015. Mr. Matula worked for the Royal Dutch Shell plc organization for over 30 years. During that time, he served in various information technology capacities for the parent company and several of its subsidiaries, including chief information officer for Royal Dutch Shell plc from 2006 to 2015.

    Independent Director
  • David Mulcahy

    David S. Mulcahy

    Chairman of the Board, Monarch Materials Group, Inc.

    David S. Mulcahy has served as a director since 2011. Mr. Mulcahy previously served as a member of the Company's Board of Directors from 1996 to 2006. Mr. Mulcahy currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Monarch Materials Group, Inc., a privately-owned company which manufactures residential, basement window systems, and as President of MABSCO Capital, Inc., a privately-owned company which provides a selection of services including portfolio management, financial consulting and private placement, private equity and joint venture transactions.  Mr. Mulcahy was appointed non-executive Chairman of the Board of Workiva Inc. in June 2018 and has served as director since its initial public offering in 2014.  Mr. Mulcahy is a certified public accountant and was a partner in the Des Moines office of Ernst & Young LLP, where he was employed from 1976 through 1994. 

    Independent Director
  • img

    Gerard D. Neugent

    Co-Chariman & Chief Executive Officer, Knapp Properties

    Gerard D. Neugent has served as a director since 2010. He has served as Co-Chariman of Knapp Properties, L.C. since 2017 and served as Chief Executive Officer of Knapp Properties, Inc. from 2014 until 2020 and President from 2014 to 2017 and served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Knapp Properties from 1993 until 2014. His primary duties include real estate transactions, development and management.  Mr. Neugent received his law degree from Drake University.

    Independent Director
  • img

    A.J. Strickland, III

    Professor, University of Alabama School of Business

    A.J. Strickland, III has served as a director since 1996. He has been the Thomas R. Miller Professor of Strategic Management in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Alabama since 1969. Dr. Strickland was a director of United Security Bancshares, Inc. from 2013 to 2017 and a director of Twenty Services, Inc. until March 2014.  Dr. Strickland is also the co-author of many strategic management books and texts used at universities worldwide.  In addition, he conducts frequent industry and competitive analyses of domestic and international firms.

    Independent Director