IRI Issues Statement On Appointment Of Former Senator Ben Nelson As CEO Of The NAIC

By Cathy Weatherford

Insured Retirement Institute (IRI)

Washington, D.C. - The Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) released the following statement from IRI President and CEO Cathy Weatherford after former Senator Ben Nelson was named as the next CEO of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC):

"Senator Nelson has decades of experience and leadership working on insurance issues, and he possesses a deep understanding of the policy challenges we face regarding retirement security in America. Having personally served as the CEO of the NAIC for 12 years, I know that his knowledge of these issues, the insurance marketplace and its regulatory oversight mechanisms--at both the federal and state levels--will be a vital asset to state insurance commissioners, to market participants, and consumers. Senator Nelson's appointment to this post should be welcome news to all. We look forward to working with Senator Nelson, in his new role as chief executive of the NAIC, to maintain a vibrant insurance marketplace, and we welcome the opportunity to partner with him as we strive to address the retirement income challenges confronting Americans."

About the Insured Retirement Institute:

The Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) is a not-for-profit organization that for twenty years has been a mainstay of service, commitment and collaboration within the insured retirement industry. Today, IRI is considered to be the authoritative source of all things pertaining to annuities, insured retirement strategies and retirement planning. IRI proudly leads a national consumer education coalition of nearly twenty organizations and is the only association that represents the entire supply chain of insured retirement strategies: Our members are the major insurers, asset managers, broker-dealers/distributors, and 150,000 financial professionals. IRI exists to vigorously promote consumer confidence in the value and viability of insured retirement strategies, bringing together the interests of the industry, financial advisors and consumers under one umbrella.

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Andrew Simonelli