Executive Officers
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 chief financial officer and treasurer on June 27, 2012. Prior to being appointed chief financial officer, 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... 
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, Mr. 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 State... 
Biography PhotoRenee D. Montz
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Renee D. Montz
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary


Renee D. Montz has served as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary since April 2016 and served as vice president and deputy general counsel since June 2014.

Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Montz served in various roles at AEGON Asset Management, a global asset management company, from 2004 to 2014, including as general counsel, AEGON USA Investment Management, LLC from January 2012 to June 2014. Ms. Montz was in private practice in the Chicago office o... 
Biography PhotoJeffrey D. Lorenzen, CFA
Executive Vice President & Chief Investment Officer
Jeffrey D. Lorenzen, CFA
Executive 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, Mr. Lorenzen was the president and chief investment officer of WB Capital Management Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of West Bancorporation, Inc. He also served on... 
Biography PhotoBruce D. Cheek
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Bruce D. Cheek
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer


Bruce D. Cheek is executive vice president and chief operating officer of American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company. He was named chief operating officer on January 1, 2013.

Mr. Cheek joined American Equity in October 2003 as vice president & director of information technology.  He was promoted to senior vice president overseeing information technology, quality assurance, general services and annuity policy service in March 2007.  Prior to joining the company, Mr. Cheek was s... 

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