|[December 31, 2012]
American Equity Names William R. Kunkel as General Counsel
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa --(Business Wire)--
American Equity Investment Life Holding Company (NYSE: AEL), a leading
underwriter of index and fixed rate annuities, announced today the
appointment of William R. Kunkel as its Executive Vice President - Legal
and General Counsel.
David J. Noble, Executive Chairman, and John M. Matovina, Chief
Executive Officer and President, said, "We are delighted to announce
Bill's appointment as General Counsel. The depth and breadth of his
professional experience, strong leadership abilities, and knowledge of
American Equity's business having represented us for more than 15 years
make him a natural fit for this position. His addition to our executive
management group complements the experienced group of executives that
have worked together as a team for many years."
Mr. Kunkel was a partner in the Chicago office of Skadden, Ars, Slate,
Meagher & Flom LLP until his retirement in June 2012. He joined Skadden
Arps in 1984 upon the founding of its Chicago office. His practice
concentrated on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and other
corporate governance and securities matters. He has represented public
and private companies in many industries and has received numerous
recognitions for his professional work. He is a graduate of Harvard Law
School and Creighton University.
"I am excited to join the American Equity family and management team at
this important time in the company's development," commented Mr. Kunkel.
"American Equity has enjoyed tremendous success since its formation in
1995. I believe that American Equity has outstanding potential and I
look forward to using my talents and experience to help the company
achieve even greater success in the years that follow."
ABOUT AMERICAN EQUITY
American Equity Investment Life Holding Company, through its
wholly-owned operating subsidiaries, is a full service underwriter of a
broad line of fixed annuity and life insurance products, with a primary
emphasis on the sale of index and fixed rate annuities. American Equity
Investment Life Holding Company, a New York Stock Exchange Listed
company (NYSE: AEL), is headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa. For more
information, please visit www.american-equity.com.
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