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Anthony Garcia

Anthony M. (Tony) Garcia

President and Chief Executive Officer

Tony Garcia was appointed President and CEO of Foresters Financial™ in May 2014. Tony has more than 26 years of experience in the North American life and annuity industry, most recently as President of Western...

 

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Andrew Aidie

Andrew Adie

Enterprise Chief Risk Officer

Andrew Adie joined Foresters Financial™ in April 2013 as Head of Risk as part of the acquisition of The Children’s Mutual. He became the Chief Risk Officer for UK operations in 2014 and was appointed Enterprise Chief Risk Officer for the Forester Financial Group in February 2016.

 

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Euan Allison

Chief Executive Officer, United Kingdom

Euan Allison joined Foresters Financial™ in May 1994 and was appointed CEO, United Kingdom in February 2008. In this role, Euan leads a team of 160 Field Staff and 130 Head Office staff, serving over...

 

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Bill Lipkus CPA, FLMI

President and CEO, Foresters Financial Holding Company, Inc.

Bill Lipkus was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Foresters Financial Holding Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Foresters Financial™, in October 2012. In this role, he provides leadership and oversight of several business units...

 

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Cheryl Neal

Cheryl Neal

Chief Marketing & Innovation Officer

Cheryl Neal is the Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer leading global marketing, branding, innovation and technology to build best-in-class capabilities and execute on our organization’s strategic initiatives...


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Suanne Nielsen

Suanne Nielsen CHRP, FLMI, FIC, HRCCC

Chief Talent Officer and Corporate Secretary

With nearly 20 years of experience at Foresters Financial™, Suanne Nielsen currently serves in the role of Chief Talent Officer and Corporate Secretary. In this role, Suanne oversees Human Resources and Talent policies and...

 

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Knut Olsen

Knut Olson

President, North American Life Insurance and Annuity

Knut has full accountability for the North American Life Insurance and Annuity team. In this role, he leads Foresters U.S. and Canadian Distribution, Insurance Operations and Product Development and Management to create long-term value for employees, customers and sales partners...


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Paul Reaburn

Paul Reaburn, FSA, FCIA, MAAA

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Paul Reaburn became Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Foresters Financial™ in August 2014 where he oversees International Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions ...

 

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Clark Wagner

Clark Wagner

President, Foresters Investment Management Company and Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, Foresters Financial

Clark Wagner was appointed President, Foresters Investment Management Company and Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, Foresters Financial™ in May 2016. He leads the Foresters Financial U.S. investment, research and strategy, and fund accounting teams and is responsible for over $15 billion in mutual fund and insurance general account assets.

 

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Rene Zanin

René Zanin BA, LL.B

Chief Legal Officer and Chief Compliance Officer

René Zanin was appointed Chief Legal Officer of Foresters Financial™ in February 2015. In this role, he provides strategic legal advice and services on an enterprise-wide basis including all aspects of insurance law, litigation management, mergers and acquisitions, general corporate commercial and employment law. 

 

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At Foresters, strong corporate governance helps us protect our members and the funds they invest with our organization. Our Board of Directors - elected every four years – is responsible for the business and fraternal affairs of Foresters. The Board oversees the strategic direction and management of our organization, and ensures that processes are in place to ensure the integrity and transparency of our financial reporting and that we conduct our affairs in compliance with laws and regulations. Our current Board of Directors was elected in 2013.


At Foresters, strong corporate governance helps us protect our members and the funds they invest with our organization. Our Board of Directors - elected every four years – is responsible for the business and fraternal affairs of Foresters. The Board oversees the strategic direction and management of our organization, and ensures that processes are in place to ensure the integrity and transparency of our financial reporting and that we conduct our affairs in compliance with laws and regulations. Our current Board of Directors was elected in 2013.

Richard Freeborough

Richard M. (Dick) Freeborough, FCA

Chairman of the Board

Dick is a corporate director and financial consultant. In 2004, he retired from KPMG LLP, after a 39-year career in which he focused on providing services to the insurance industry. He has served on the advisory committee...

 

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Brian A. Isabelle

Fraternal Committee (Chair), International Fraternal President

Brian has had a successful 25-year career at James Western Star Sterling, a leader in the trucking industry, where he oversees all sales transactions. His association with Foresters FinancialTM began in 1969 and he has held various...

 

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Sonia Baxendale

Sonia A. Baxendale

Fraternal Committee, Human Capital and Governance Committee, Risk and Investment Committee

Sonia Baxendale was most recently the President, CIBC Retail Markets. She led the Retail and Wealth Management businesses from 2005 to 2011.  From 1992 to 2011 Sonia played a key...

 

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James M. (Jim) Bowden

Audit and Compliance Committee, Fraternal Committee

Jim Bowden started his 40-year working career in 1967 after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting with a minor in Business Administration. After 15 years with the Internal Revenue Service as an agent excise tax specialist...

 

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Anthony Garcia

Anthony M. (Tony) Garcia

President and Chief Executive Officer

Tony Garcia was appointed President and CEO of Foresters Financial™ in May 2014. Tony has more than 26 years of experience in the North American life and annuity industry, most recently as President of Western and Southern Agency Group, part of a ...

 

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Robert E. (Bob) Lamoureux

Audit and Compliance Committee, Risk and Investment Committee

During his 35-year career with Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Bob served as auditor for a wide range of private and public companies and developed a keen interest in corporate governance. He has served as Chairman...

 

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Frank N.C. Lochan

Fraternal Committee, Human Capital and Governance Committee, Risk and Investment Committee

Frank has over 25 years experience in the life and property and casualty industries at the investor level. He had a 30-year career with Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (formerly Brascan Limited), holding a variety of executive positions...

 

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Martha E. Marcon

Audit and Compliance Committee, Fraternal Committee

Martha was a partner in the Los Angeles office of KPMG until her retirement in 2006 after 31 years of service. She spent over eight years with the firm's top technical resource partner on accounting and financial reporting...

 

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Laraine J. Morris

Audit and Compliance Committee, Fraternal Committee

Laraine worked in health care for over 20 years at Saint Luke's South Hospital, where she was Executive Administrative Assistant to the CEO until retiring in 2008. Her association with Foresters Financial™ began in 1974...

 

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David E. (Dave) Morrison

Audit and Compliance Committee, Human Capital and Governance Committee

Dave spent his 36-year business career as an actuary in the life insurance industry, retiring from Great-West Life and London Life in 2001, after holding a variety of management positions, including Senior Vice President...

 

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David R. (Dave) Saunders

Fraternal Committee Human Capital and Governance Committee

Dave joined Foresters Financial™ in 1973 and has held various positions at Branch and Regional level including Regional Council President. He also served as U.K. Director for Foresters Health and Trustee of Foresters Health...

 

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John B. Scott

Human Capital and Governance Committee, Risk and Investment Committee

John spent 33 years at Zurich Kemper Life Insurance Companies in a number of roles, including 13 years as CEO and Chair, before retiring in 2000. He brings substantial board experience to Foresters Financial™, and currently...

 

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Michael P. Stramaglia

Audit and Compliance Committee, Risk and Investment Committee

Michael is a professional corporate director and President/Owner of Matrisc Advisory Group Inc., a risk management consulting company. He previously served as an Executive Vice President for Sun Life Financial from 2002-2012...

 

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Christopher Stranahan

Christopher J. (Chris) Stranahan

Risk and Investment Committee, International Fraternal Vice President United States

Christopher spent 37 years in a variety of roles at Nestle U.S., before becoming the owner of Wild Birds Unlimited. His association with Foresters Financial™ began in 1985 and he has held various Branch and Regional Council positions, as well as ...

 

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Wendy Watson

Wendy A. Watson

Audit and Compliance Committee, Fraternal Committee, Human Capital and Governance Committee

Wendy has over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry, retiring in 2009 from State Street as Executive Vice President, Global Services where she led the company’s initiative to advance all aspects of cost...

 

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Board committees

Four standing Committees support our Board of Directors in its stewardship of Foresters Financial. From time to time,  ad hoc or temporary committees are formed such as the Nominating Committee and the Constitution Committee, which are constituted in advance of each International Assembly, or are a committee to manage a special project, or acquisition. The Board can form other committees on a standing or ad hoc basis as necessary in order to fulfill its stewardship responsibilities.

The primary accountabilities for each of the Board committees are described below:

Audit and Compliance Committee
Martha E. Marcon, Chair
James Bowden
Robert E. Lamoureux
Laraine J. Morris
David E. Morrison
Michael P. Stramaglia
Wendy A. Watson

Fraternal Committee
Brian A. Isabelle, Chair
James (Jim) Bowden
Robert (Bob) E. Lamoureux
Laraine J. Morris
David (Dave) E. Morrison
David R. Saunders
John B. Scott
Michael P. Stramaglia
Christopher J. Stranahan

Human Capital and Governance Committee
John B. Scott, Chair
Sonia A. Baxendale
Robert E. Lamoureux
Frank N. C. Lochan
David E. Morrison
David R. Saunders
Wendy A. Watson

Risk and Investment Committee
Michael P. Stramaglia, Chair
Sonia A. Baxendale
Robert E. Lamoureux
Frank N.C. Lochan
John B. Scott
Christopher J. Stranahan

 

Foresters Financial and Foresters are trade names and trademarks of The Independent Order of Foresters (a fraternal benefit society) and its subsidiaries.

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