Board of Directors
Mr. Eason served as President, Network Services from 1999 through 2000; President, SBC International of SBC from 1998 until 1999; President and CEO of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company (SWBTC) from 1996 until 1998; President and CEO of Southwestern Bell Communications, Inc. from 1995 through 1996; President of Network Services of SWBTC from 1993 through 1995; and President of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company of the Midwest from 1992 to 1993.
He held various other positions with SBC and its subsidiaries prior to 1992.
Mr. Eason was a director of Williams Communications Group, Inc. until his retirement in January 2001.
Mr. Eason has been a director since 1993.
Pina Albo is Chief Executive Officer of Hamilton Insurance Group, a Bermuda-based company that underwrites specialty insurance and reinsurance risks on a global basis through its wholly-owned subsidiaries. A lawyer by training, Ms. Albo joined Hamilton in January 2018 after a 25-year career with Munich Re, during which she held positions of increasing leadership responsibility in Europe and North America, most recently as the U.S.-based President of the Reinsurance Division from 2009 to 2014; then as a Member of the Board of Executive Management in Munich, Germany, where she shared oversight of Group activities for insurance, reinsurance, and asset management until she joined Hamilton. She was directly responsible for €4.5 billion of premium volume in Europe and Latin America.
Ms. Albo holds a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Canada, and a Masters in Law, International and European Community Law, from L’Université d’Aix-Marseille III, Aix-en-Provence, one of the oldest universities in France. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Languages from the University of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Ms. Albo has been a member of several insurance industry boards, including the Insurance Information Institute. She currently serves on the boards of the IFG Companies, Blue Marble Microinsurance, and Attune Insurance. She also serves as an ambassador for the Insurance Supper Club, an international, industrywide business network for women. She has received awards and recognitions for her contributions to the insurance industry, including the Association of Professional Insurance Women’s “Woman of the Year” in 2011.
Ms. Albo was named to RGA’s Board of Directors in 2019.
John J. Gauthier served as Chief Investment Officer of Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG., a global provider of insurance and reinsurance solutions, from 2008 to 2018. Mr. Gauthier also served as President of Allied World Financial Services Company, Inc. from 2012 until his retirement in 2018.
Before joining Allied World, Mr. Gauthier was a Managing Director with Goldman Sachs Asset Management, a division of Goldman Sachs & Co. While there, he held the roles of Global Head of Insurance Fixed Income Asset Management and Vice President – Head of Insurance Fixed Income Asset Management.
Prior to his roles at Goldman Sachs, he was with Conning Asset Management, where he held positions of increasing responsibility culminating in Director of Investment Strategy for Conning’s property-casualty insurer clients. Previously, he was with General Reinsurance/New England Asset Management and The Travelers.
Mr. Gauthier earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in computer information systems from Quinnipiac College (now University), and his M.B.A. in finance is from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. A Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), he is currently on the board of directors of the Middlesex Hospital Association, and is a past board member of MatlinPatterson Asset Management, Blue Vista Capital Management, and Direct Surety.
Mr. Gauthier was named to RGA’s board in 2018.
Patricia L. (Tricia) Guinn is the retired Managing Director of Risk and Financial Services at Towers Watson and served as a member of the company’s executive leadership team. As Managing Director, she oversaw delivery of insurance consulting and software, reinsurance brokerage, and investment services to clients globally. During her 39-year career with Towers Watson, she also advised senior insurance company executives and boards on major strategic issues, risk management, mergers and acquisitions, financial analysis, and performance measurement.
Ms. Guinn is also a member of the board of directors of Allied World Assurance Company Holdings AG, a global provider of innovative property, casualty, and specialty insurance and reinsurance solutions, and an Association Member of BUPA, a leading international healthcare group.
A 2014 recipient of the Actuarial Foundation’s Insurance Legends Award, Ms. Guinn is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA), a member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA), and a Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst (CERA). She has served on the board of the Actuarial
Foundation, and is a current board member of the International Insurance Society, a member of the Society of Actuaries Nominating Committee, and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries Financial Regulatory Task Force.
Ms. Guinn has been a director since 2016.
She first joined RGA in 2007. From 2008 until 2011, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for RGA’s International Division. In 2011 she was named Executive Vice President and Head of U.S. Markets and later assumed responsibility for RGA’s Mexican and Latin American markets as well. In 2014 Anna was named Senior Executive Vice President, Global Structured Solutions, with responsibilities for leading RGA’s transactional businesses.
Anna has more than three decades of leadership experience in the insurance industry. Before coming to RGA, Anna spent nearly two decades with the Toronto office of Towers Perrin’s Tillinghast insurance consulting practice, where she provided consulting services to the insurance industry in mergers and acquisitions, value-added performance measurement, product development, and financial reporting.
Anna is Chairman of the Longer Life Foundation, a not-for-profit collaboration between RGA and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis that supports and funds groundbreaking research on longevity and wellness. In June 2020, she was elected to the Board of Directors of the Geneva Association, a leading international think tank of the insurance industry. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees at Washington University and the BJC HealthCare Board of Directors, and she is a member of Greater St. Louis, Inc., an organization that brings together business and civic leaders to create jobs, expand inclusive economic growth, and improve St. Louis’ global competitiveness.
Anna is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FCIA). She received a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Toronto.
Hazel M. McNeilage was most recently Regional Managing Director, EMEA, for Northern Trust Corporation’s Asset Management division (NTAM). Ms. McNeilage, who joined NTAM in 2015, was responsible for the company’s business across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and was a Director of Northern Trust Global Investment Ltd.
From 2012 to 2015, prior to joining Northern Trust, Ms. McNeilage held a variety of roles with London-based Northill Capital Partners, including interim CEO for one of Northill’s affiliates. Prior to that, she spent two years as Head of Funds Management for QIC, a major sovereign wealth fund based in Brisbane, Australia.
Previously, Ms. McNeilage was with Principal Global Investors, the asset management subsidiary of Principal Financial Group, from 2001 to 2009, during which she served in leadership positions around the world and served on several of the company’s boards. Before joining PFG, Ms. McNeilage spent more than a decade in global positions with Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson), including a three-year term on its board of directors.
Ms. McNeilage received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Lancaster, England, with majors in Mathematics, Economics, and Operations Research. She is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia, and a Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (U.S.).
Ms. McNeilage was named to RGA’s board in 2018.
Ng Keng Hooi has a wealth of insurance industry experience that spans more than 40 years. Most recently, Mr. Ng served as senior advisor to AIA Group Limited (AIA Group) and was Group Chief Executive and President of AIA Group from 2017 to 2020. From 2010-2017, Mr. Ng served as Regional Chief Executive at AIA Group, and was responsible for the group’s business operations in China, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Brunei as well as Group Agency Distribution.
He joined AIA Group from Great Eastern Holdings, Singapore where he was Group Chief Executive between December 2008 and October 2010. Prior to his tenure at Great Eastern Holdings, Mr. Ng was with Prudential plc for almost 20 years, including as a member of Prudential Corporation Asia’s board and Regional Managing Director of Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. This followed his successful tenure as CEO of Prudential Malaysia.
Mr. Ng received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lafayette College (Pennsylvania, U.S.) in 1979. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (U.S.).
Mr. Ng joined RGA’s board in 2021.
Before New York Life, he was Insurance Commissioner of Kentucky, where he led regulation of the state’s $10 billion insurance industry. During his tenure as Commissioner, he also served a one-year term in 2000 as President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). He was both Kentucky’s first Black insurance commissioner and the NAIC’s first Black president.
Mr. Nichols earned his Associate degree from Alice Lloyd College, his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Sociology from Western Kentucky University, and his Master of Arts (M.A.) in Labor Studies from the University of Louisville. He was recognized by Savoy magazine as one of the Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America in 2012, 2018, and 2021. Because of his leadership in launching The College’s Center for Economic Empowerment and Equality and its Four Steps Forward plan to promote upward mobility and wealth creation for Black America, Nichols was honored as one of “The Ten to Watch in 2021” by WealthManagement.com. The same year he was the inaugural recipient of the Alonzo Herndon Award, named for the founder of The Atlanta Life Insurance Company, one of the largest Black-owned businesses in the U.S., and was also named to Forbes’ inaugural edition of “The Culture 50 Champions,” which identified models of business excellence in various industries who uplift Black and Brown communities through their craft and philanthropic efforts.
Mr. Nichols joined the RGA Board in 2022.
His career has led him around the world: In 2001, Mr. O’Hearn moved to Tokyo with the PwC Insurance Practice, and in 2012, he moved to Switzerland to serve as the Global Relationship Partner and Audit Partner for Zurich Insurance Group. He then assumed the role of EMEA Insurance Leader in 2012, and leadership of the PwC Global Insurance Practice in 2015. In 2018, he moved to Munich to serve as Global Relationship Partner for Allianz.
Mr. O’Hearn attended The University of Notre Dame, graduating summa cum laude in 1982. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the United States. He served on the Board of the International Insurance Society 2009 to 2018 and was chairman of the finance committee for the first five years of his tenure.
Mr. O’Hearn was named to RGA’s board in 2020.
Shundrawn A. Thomas is President of Northern Trust Asset Management, a division of the Northern Trust Management Group, a leading global investment manager with more than $1 trillion in assets under management. In his role, he works closely with Northern Trust Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer, board, and executive team to develop and refine corporate strategy, business strategy, and governance.
Mr. Thomas joined Northern Trust in 2004 and shortly after was appointed Head of Corporate Strategy. Before assuming leadership at Northern Trust Asset Management, he served as Executive Vice President, Head of Funds and Managed Accounts, Prior to his current role, Mr. Thomas served as President and Chief Executive of Northern Trust Securities, Inc. (NTSI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Northern Trust Corporation.
His more than 25 years of experience in financial services also includes serving as a vice president at Goldman Sachs, where he managed some of the firm’s largest global fund manager clients, as well as positions in sales, trading, and research at Morgan Stanley.
Mr. Thomas is a respected and trusted leader in the financial service industry, with deep experience working with corporate and executive leadership teams, launching and developing financial services products and investment funds, and guiding diversity-fueled organizational transformation.
Mr. Thomas completed his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in accounting at Florida A&M University and received his M.B.A. from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He has completed executive leadership programs in corporate strategy and corporate governance, at Chicago Booth and at the University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business, respectively. Mr. Thomas has been recognized by Savoy Magazine as one of the Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America and among the 300 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America by Black Enterprise Magazine.
Mr. Thomas was named to RGA’s Board in 2021.
Steven C. Van Wyk is Group Chief Information Officer (CIO) for HSBC Bank PLC and is based in London. His more than 30 years of senior-level domestic and international experience managing IT organizations includes eight years with PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., where he served as CIO and led technology and innovation, seven years with ING Groep N.V., a multinational banking and financial services corporation, where he served as Global CIO, and 10 years with Morgan Stanley, including several years as CIO/COO of its Individual Investor Group.
Mr. Van Wyk holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Business Management and Accounting with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Central Iowa. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor. Active in the industry, Mr. Van Wyk serves as Chairman of the Board for the Banking Industry Architecture Network (BIAN), a nonprofit that seeks to establish a common architecture framework for enabling banking interoperability.