Corporate Governance - Committee Composition
Below is a summary of our committee structure and membership information. To obtain information on committee charters, click on committee names in the chart below.
Chairperson Chairperson Committee Member Member Financial Expert Financial Expert
 Audit CommitteeCompensation CommitteeExecutive CommitteeInvestment CommitteeNominating and Corporate Governance CommitteeRisk Committee
Outside Directors
Joyce A. Chapman 
Biography PhotoJoyce A. Chapman
Retired Executive, West Bank

Joyce A. Chapman was elected to the board of directors in September, 2008. Ms. Chapman is a retired banker who spent over 35 years with West Bank, West Des Moines, Iowa. While at West Bank, she served in numerous roles covering virtually every aspect of bank administration and operation.

Ms. Chapman is a well-known community figure, having served in numerous positions of leadership in philanthropic and banking industry organizations.

  Committee Member    Chairperson  
Alexander M. Clark 
Biography PhotoAlexander M. Clark
Senior Managing Director, Griffin Financial Group

Alexander M. Clark was elected as a director of our company in 2007. Mr. Clark is senior managing director at Griffin Financial Group, which provides merger and acquisition advisory, capital formation and strategic consulting services to insurance companies and other financial institutions, private equity sponsors and commercial and industrial companies of all sizes in various industries.

Prior to joining Griffin Financial Group, Mr. Clark was managing director at Madison Williams, w... 

    Committee Member   
Brenda J. Cushing 
Biography PhotoBrenda J. Cushing
Retired Executive, Athene Holding

Brenda J. Cushing was elected to the board of directors in March, 2017. Ms. Cushing retired in August, 2015 from Athene Holding where she served as executive finance president and chief financial officer. Ms. Cushing began her Athene career in 1993 as general accounting manager at AmerUs Life Insurance Company, and joined AmerUs Bank in 1994 as finance vice president, and later, as the bank's CFO until its sale in 1998.

Ms. Cushing has a bachelor's degree in business administratio... 

Committee Member      
James M. Gerlach 
Biography PhotoJames M. Gerlach
Retired Executive, American Equity Investment Life Holding Company

James M. Gerlach served as executive vice president of American Equity from 1997 until his retirement and as executive vice president and chief marketing officer of American Equity Life since 1996. Prior to joining American Equity, Mr. Gerlach served as executive vice president and secretary of American Life and Casualty and as executive vice president and treasurer of Vulcan Life Insurance Company, a subsidiary of American Life and Casualty. He has been active in the insurance industry for over... 
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Robert  L. Howe 
Biography PhotoRobert  L. Howe
Retired Deputy Commissioner and Chief Examiner, State of Iowa

Robert L. Howe has been a director of the Company since 2005. He served in 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 this 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, he has been an independent consultant. Since 2007, Mr. Howe has served on the board of EMC ... 

Committee Member   Committee Member    
Alan D. Matula 
Biography PhotoAlan D. Matula
Chief Information Officer, Weber-Stephen Products LLC

Alan D. Matula was elected to the board of directors in December, 2015. Mr. Matula 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 inc... 

      Committee Member
David S.  Mulcahy Financial Expert
Biography PhotoDavid S.  Mulcahy
Chairman of the Board, Monarch Materials Group, Inc.

David S. Mulcahy was elected to serve on the Company's board of directors in January, 2011. Mr. Mulcahy previously served as a member of the Company's board of directors from 1996 to 2006. He currently serves as chairman of the board of directors of Monarch Materials Group, Inc.

Mr. Mulcahy is a certified public accountant who acted as a senior tax partner in the Des Moines office of Ernst & Young LLP, where he was employed from 1976 through 1994. He is a graduate of The Univers... 

Chairperson   Committee Member    
Gerard D. Neugent 
Biography PhotoGerard D. Neugent
President & Chief Executive Officer, Knapp Properties, Inc.

Gerard D. Neugent was elected to the board of directors in June, 2010. Mr. Neugent is the president and chief executive officer of Knapp Properties, Inc., Des Moines, IA. His primary duties include dealing with real estate transactions, development and management.

Mr. Neugent is a graduate of Marquette University and received his J.D. from Drake University Law School.

     Committee Member  
A.J. Strickland, III 
Biography PhotoA.J. Strickland, III
Professor, University of Alabama School of Business

A. J. Strickland III has been a director of our company since 1996. Dr. Strickland is the Miller Professor of Strategic Management at The University of Alabama School of Business. He is co-author of the best-selling strategic management textbook in the world. His 18th edition published by McGraw-Hill is used in over 900 Universities worldwide.

Dr. Strickland is a former director of The Statesman Group. He has been director of marketing at BellSouth, and is a consultant in the ar... 

Inside Directors
William R. Kunkel 
Biography PhotoWilliam R. Kunkel
General Counsel, Archdiocese of Chicago

William R. Kunkel is general counsel of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Previously, he served as executive vice president and general counsel of American Equity from 2012 until April, 2016. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Kunkel was a partner at 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.... 
John M. Matovina 
Biography PhotoJohn M. Matovina
President & Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board
American Equity Investment Life Holding Company

John M. Matovina is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, and President of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer and President on June 27, 2012. Prior to being appointed Chief Executive Officer and President, he was Chief Financial Officer since January 1, 2009, and was Vice Chairman until April, 2017, at which time he became Chairman.

Prior to being appointed vice chairman, Mr. Matovina was a financial consultant to ... 
   Chairperson Chairperson   
Debra J. Richardson 
Biography PhotoDebra J. Richardson
Retired Executive, American Equity Investment Life Holding Company

Debra J. Richardson is retired executive vice president and secretary of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company. She served as executive vice president from 2009 until June 30, 2016. She is a member of American Equity’s board of directors.

Prior to being named executive vice president, Ms. Richardson served as senior vice president and secretary of the Company since 1996. Prior to joining American Equity, she was employed by The Statesman Group from 1977 through April 1996... 
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