Jeff Birkholz is Senior Vice President, Head of Administrative Operations for both the U.S. Mortality Markets (USMM) and Group Re divisions for RGA Reinsurance Company. In this role, he is responsible for all administration and claims functions of the USMM and Group Re businesses, which are based in St. Louis and in Minneapolis, respectively. Jeff joined RGA in 2010 after the company’s acquisition of ING Reinsurance.
Jeff started his career in 1986 as an Associate Underwriter in the Employee Benefits Division of Northwestern National Life Insurance Company (NWNL) in Minneapolis. After three years, Jeff moved to the reinsurance industry, joining Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (formerly NALAC) as Marketing Manager, producing, underwriting, and managing a block of special risk reinsurance. Jeff rejoined NWNL (subsequently ReliaStar and then ING) in 1990 in their group reinsurance division and held roles in underwriting, business development, and market/product development with the last 10 years prior to the RGA acquisition focusing on management of the operations functions and oversight of a large block of run-off business.
Jeff received his Bachelor of Science degree in finance from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He is a Fellow of the Life Management Institute (FLMI).