Symetra Financial welcomes Kevin Byrne and Tom Girard to its Board of Directors

– USA, WA –  Symetra Financial Corporation today announced the appointments of Kevin Byrne and Tom Girard to its board of directors, effective March 31, 2023.

“We are very pleased to welcome Kevin and Tom to the Symetra board. Our new directors bring impressive backgrounds to the company. Their deep business and industry acumen will be invaluable as we pursue Symetra’s strategic vision and long-term growth. I look forward to their insights and contributions and to working with them,” said Board Chairman, Tom Marra.

About Kevin Byrne

Mr. Byrne retired from Pacific Life in January 2022. From 2018 to 2021, he served as CEO of Pacific Global Asset Management. From 2012 to 2017, he was SVP and CFO for Pacific Life’s Retirement Solutions Division.

Before Pacific Life, Mr. Byrne spent over 20 years with Equitable Life Insurance, ultimately serving as EVP and CIO for AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company, with responsibility for the strategy and oversight of insurance investment portfolios, corporate finance, and corporate treasurer.

Mr. Byrne received an MBA in international business from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Fordham University. He is a member of the board of directors for New York Community Trust, serving as chair of the Investment Committee.

About Thomas J. Girard

Tom Girard retired as CIO, of Fixed Income, for NYL Investors, a wholly owned subsidiary of New York Life Insurance Company. He oversaw the management of $145 billion in fixed-income assets and was responsible for setting investment strategy and overseeing risk management of all fixed-income portfolios. During his tenure, Mr. Girard was instrumental in building the firm’s third-party asset management business. He was a member of the NYL Investors Board of Directors and senior leadership team. He was responsible for providing annual reviews to the Investment Committee of the New York Life Board of Directors and credit rating agencies.

Before joining NYL Investors, Mr. Girard served as a managing director and head of Fixed Income for Robeco Investment Management, Weiss Peck & Greer, where he oversaw $11 billion and was a key architect of the overall investment philosophy and process. He was a member of the Operating Committee and the Investment Policy Committee.

Mr. Girard received an MBA in finance from Fordham University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. John Fisher College. He is a member of the advisory board at Hollow Brook Wealth Management and formerly served as an advisory board member at Schultze Asset Management, LP, and at the Fixed Income Forum.

About Symetra

Symetra Financial Corporation is a diversified financial services company based in Bellevue, Washington. In business since 1957, Symetra provides employee benefits, annuities, and life insurance through a national network of benefit consultants, financial institutions, and independent financial professionals and insurance producers.

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