Executive Officers
Biography PhotoDavid J. Noble
Founder & Executive Chairman of the Board
American Equity Investment Life Holding Company
David J. Noble
Founder & Executive Chairman of the Board
American Equity Investment Life Holding Company


David J. Noble is the founder and executive chairman of the Board of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company (NYSE:AEL), a full service underwriter of a broad line of fixed annuity and life insurance products through our wholly-owned life insurance subsidiaries, with a primary emphasis on the sale of fixed index and fixed rate annuities. He served as chairman, chief executive officer, president and treasurer of the Company since its formation in 1995 until January 1, 2009.

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Biography PhotoJohn M. Matovina
President & Chief Executive Officer
John M. Matovina
President & Chief Executive Officer


John M. Matovina is president and CEO, and vice chairman of the Board of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company. He was appointed President and CEO on June 27, 2012. Prior to being appointed president and CEO, he was CFO and has served as vice chairman since June 2003.

Prior to being appointed vice chairman, Matovina was a financial consultant to us from 1997 to 2003. From November 1983 through November 1996, he was a senior financial officer of The Statesman Group and... 
Biography PhotoTed M. Johnson
Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
Ted M. Johnson
Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer


Ted M. Johnson was appointed CFO and Treasurer on June 27, 2012. Prior to being appointed CFO, he was vice president and controller of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company since August 2000.

Prior to joining American Equity, Johnson was a senior manager for Ernst & Young LLP, where he was employed from 1992 until August 2000, working primarily on audit clients in the insurance industry.

Johnson received his B.A. from the University of Iowa. He is a certified ... 
Biography PhotoRonald J. Grensteiner
President, American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company
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 of the Life Company on January 1, 2009.

Prior to being named president of the Life Company, Grensteiner served as senior vice president and national marketing director for the Company. 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 The Statesman... 
Biography PhotoDebra J. Richardson
Executive Vice President and Secretary
Debra J. Richardson
Executive Vice President and Secretary


Debra J. Richardson is executive vice president and secretary of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company. She became executive vice president on January 1, 2009 and also serves as a member of American Equity’s board of directors.

Prior to being named executive vice president, 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 serving in vari... 
Biography PhotoJeffrey D. Lorenzen, CFA
Senior Vice President & Chief Investment Officer
Jeffrey D. Lorenzen, CFA
Senior Vice President & Chief Investment Officer


Jeffrey D. Lorenzen joined American Equity Investment Life Holding Company in February 2009 as senior vice president and chief investment officer. In this position, he is responsible for establishing the investment strategy and leading the daily investment activity on behalf of the Company.

Prior to joining the Company, 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... 
Biography PhotoBruce D. Cheek
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Bruce D. Cheek
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer


Bruce D. Cheek is Sr. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company. He was named COO January 1, 2013.

Bruce joined American Equity in October 2003 as Vice President & Director of Information Technology.  He was promoted to Sr. Vice President overseeing Information Technology, Quality Assurance, General Services and Annuity Policy Service in March 2007.  Prior to joining the company, Bruce was self- employed as an IT and Manageme... 

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