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Pacific Life announces changes to leadership roles

26th August 2021 - Author: Katie Baker

Pacific Life Insurance Company has appointed Darryl Button as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and president of Pacific Life.

handshake-close-up-photoHe will succeed current Chairman, President and CEO Jim Morris, in April 2022 upon Morris’ retirement.

Button joined Pacific Life in 2017, bringing with him significant experience overseeing corporate and financial strategies, and he has been instrumental in improving Pacific Life’s financial strength.

He is responsible for the company’s finance, risk management and corporate development functions, as well as Pacific Life’s investment organisations responsible for overseeing over $119 billion in assets in Pacific Life’s general account.

Button has also overseen the creation of a new business division last year which focused on serving institutional clients with pension risk transfer and 401(k) plan investment solutions.

Following his planned retirement in April, Morris will continue to serve as a director on the board of Pacific Mutual Holding Company through the conclusion of his elected term in May 2023.

Prior to joining Pacific Life in March 2017, Button served for 17 years at Aegon where his last role was chief financial officer and a member of the Executive Board of Aegon N.V.

He began his career at Mutual Life Insurance of Canada and is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

In addition, the board of directors of Pacific Mutual Holding Company, the parent company of Pacific Life, has named Mariann Byerwalter as its non-executive board chair, also beginning in April 2022.

Byerwalter has served on the Pacific Mutual Holding Company board of directors since 2005 and has been its lead director since 2019.

Morris commented: “Darryl is a proven leader who has a deep knowledge of the insurance industry and a commitment to the financial security our products provide to our policyholders.

“He understands the balance between strategic growth and risk management that will ensure Pacific Life’s continued success.”

Button commented: “I am honoured by the Board’s decision and their vote of confidence, and I look forward to the continued growth and transformation of this storied company.

“Pacific Life has talented and passionate employees at its core and together we will continue our journey of being the company of choice providing financial security and well-being through industry-leading innovation.

“Jim’s passion for Pacific Life, our industry, and the value our products provide is evident to all he meets.

“He led Pacific Life through some significant economic challenges, including the 2008 financial crisis and the current COVID-19 pandemic, all while building a culture focused on customer service, growth, and innovation that has well-positioned Pacific Life for continued success.”

Byerwalter added: “I would like to thank Jim for his exceptional leadership as chairman, president and CEO. He is a true leader in our industry, with an unwavering commitment to uphold our mission. Jim will leave a strong legacy and an organisation well-positioned for the future. I look forward to his continued service on our board.”

“After a strong multi-year succession planning process, I am pleased to congratulate Darryl on his well-deserved ascension to president and CEO. With Darryl’s industry knowledge, strategic vision and stewardship, the Board is confident he is the right person at the right time to successfully lead Pacific Life.”

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