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American Equity Investment Life Holding Co (AEL.N)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

John Matovina

64 2012 Vice Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer

Ted Johnson

49 2012 Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer

Ronald Grensteiner

56 2009 President of American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company

Jennifer Bryant

47 2017 Chief Human Resource Officer, Executive Vice President

Jeffrey Lorenzen

53 2015 Executive Vice President, Chief Investment Officer

Renee Montz

47 2016 Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary

Scott Samuelson

46 2017 Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President

Robert Howe

76 2009 Lead Independent Director

Debra Richardson

62 2016 Director

Joyce Chapman

74 2008 Independent Director

Brenda Cushing

55 2017 Independent Director

James Gerlach

77 2011 Independent Director

William Kunkel

62 2016 Independent Director

Alan Matula

58 2015 Independent Director

David Mulcahy

66 2011 Independent Director

Gerard Neugent

67 2010 Independent Director

A. Strickland

77 1996 Independent Director

Steven Schwartz

2016 Vice President – Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

John Matovina

Mr. John M. Matovina serves as Vice Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company. He has served as a director since 2000. He has served as Chairman since April 2017 and as Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company since 2012. He served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Company from 2009 to 2012 and as the Company's Vice Chairman from 2003 to April 2017. Mr. Matovina was a private investor and a financial consultant to us from 1997 to 2003. From 1983 through 1996, he was a senior financial officer of The Statesman Group, Inc. ("Statesman") and many of its subsidiaries, and, prior to Statesman's acquisition in 1994, he served as Statesman's Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary. Mr. Matovina is a certified public accountant and has more than 25 years of experience in the life insurance industry. Mr. Matovina's role as Chief Executive Officer of the Company as well as his years of experience in and extensive knowledge of the life insurance industry led the Board of Directors to conclude that Mr. Matovina should serve as a director of the Company.

Ted Johnson

Mr. Ted M. Johnson is Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company. 2012. He has served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Company since 2012. He served as Vice President-Controller of the Company from 2001 to 2012. Mr. Johnson is a certified public accountant and has over 25 years of experience in the life insurance industry.

Ronald Grensteiner

Mr. Ronald James Grensteiner is President of American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company, a Subsidiary of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company. He has served as President of American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company, the Company's primary wholly-owned life insurance subsidiary ("American Equity Life"), since 2009 and is an Executive Vice President of the Company. He has more than 25 years of experience in the life insurance industry.

Jennifer Bryant

Ms. Jennifer L. Bryant is Chief Human Resource Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company. She has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer of American Equity Life since June 2017 and was Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer from October 2016 to June 2017. From May 2013 to October 2016, Ms. Bryant was Senior Vice President, Human Resources of Bankers Trust Company, a banking and financial institution. Ms. Bryant served as Human Resources Business Partner at Aviva USA from December 2008 to May 2013. She has over 20 years of human resources experience.

Jeffrey Lorenzen

Mr. Jeffrey D. Lorenzen is Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of the Company. He has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer since June 2015 and served as Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer since 2009. Mr. Lorenzen has more than 20 years of experience in the life insurance industry.

Renee Montz

Ms. Renee Denise Montz is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary of the company. She has served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel since April 2016 and as Corporate Secretary since July 2016. She previously served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel since June 2014. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Montz served in various roles at AEGON Asset Management, a global asset management company, from 2004 to 2014, including as General Counsel, AEGON USA Investment Management, LLC from January 2012 to June 2014. She has over 20 years of legal experience and 15 years of experience in the life insurance industry.

Scott Samuelson

Mr. Scott A. Samuelson CPA, is Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company. He has served as Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of the Company since June 2017. Prior to that, Mr. Samuelson served as Vice President-Controller of the Company since 2012. Mr. Samuelson is a certified public accountant and has over 20 years of experience in the life insurance industry.

Robert Howe

Mr. Robert Lee Howe is Lead Independent Director of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company. He has served as a director since 2005. He is our Lead Independent Director. He served the State of Iowa Insurance Division from 1964 to 2002 in various capacities. He was named Deputy Commissioner and Chief Examiner in 1985 and served in that position until his retirement in 2002. During this time, Mr. Howe was responsible for the financial oversight of 220 domestic insurance companies. Since his retirement, Mr. Howe has been a self-employed insurance consultant. Mr. Howe served as a director of EMC National Life Company from 2003 until 2007, and, from 2007 until 2018, Mr. Howe served as a director of EMC Insurance Group. He also served as the designated financial expert on the board of directors of EMC Insurance Group. Mr. Howe is a certified financial examiner, certified insurance examiner, certified government financial manager and accredited insurance receiver. Mr. Howe's experience in the financial oversight of insurance companies and his expertise in finance led the Board of Directors to conclude that Mr. Howe should serve as a director of the Company.

Debra Richardson

Ms. Debra J. Richardson is Director of the Company. She has served as a director since 2008. She served as Executive Vice President and Secretary of the Company from 2009 to June 30, 2016. Prior to that, Ms. Richardson served as Senior Vice President and Secretary of the Company since 1996. Ms. Richardson was employed by Statesman from 1977 through 1996 serving in various positions including Vice President-Shareholder/Investor Relations. Ms. Richardson has been involved in the insurance industry for over 35 years. Ms. Richardson's experience as an executive of the Company and her years of involvement in the insurance industry led the Board of Directors to conclude that Ms. Richardson should serve as a director of the Company.

Joyce Chapman

Ms. Joyce Ann Chapman is Independent Director of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company. She has served as a director since 2008. She worked for over 35 years with West Bank, West Des Moines, Iowa until her retirement in 2006. While at West Bank, Ms. Chapman served in various capacities related to bank administration and operations. Ms. Chapman has served in numerous positions of leadership in philanthropic and banking industry organizations. Ms. Chapman also serves as a director for West Bank and West Bancorporation, Inc. Ms. Chapman's leadership experience in various organizations and her experience in the banking industry led the Board of Directors to conclude that Ms. Chapman should serve as a director of the Company.

Brenda Cushing

Ms. Brenda J. Cushing is Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Cushing has served as a director since March 2017. Ms. Cushing has been an independent insurance consultant since August 2015. From August 2014 to August 2015, Ms. Cushing served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Athene Holding Ltd., a retirement services company, and from October 2013 to August 2014, Ms. Cushing served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Athene USA Corp., a subsidiary of Athene Holding Ltd. From 2008 until its acquisition by Athene Holding Ltd. in 2013, Ms. Cushing served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Aviva USA Corp., a diversified financial company that offered long-term savings, insurance and retirement income products. Ms. Cushing is a certified public accountant and has been involved in the insurance industry for over 20 years. Ms. Cushing's financial expertise and insurance company financial leadership for over two decades led the Board of Directors to conclude that Ms. Cushing should serve as a director of the Company.

James Gerlach

Mr. James M. Gerlach is Independent Director of the Company. He has served as a director since 1996. He served as Executive Vice President of the Company from 1996 until his retirement in 2011. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Gerlach served as Executive Vice President of American Life and Casualty Insurance Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Statesman, and as Executive Vice President and Treasurer of Vulcan Life Insurance Company, a subsidiary of American Life and Casualty Insurance Company. Mr. Gerlach was active in the insurance industry for over 45 years. Mr. Gerlach's knowledge of the Company's operations as well as his years of experience in the insurance industry led the Board of Directors to conclude that Mr. Gerlach should serve as a director of the Company.

William Kunkel

Mr. William R. Kunkel serves as Independent Director of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company. Mr. Kunkel has served as a director since June 2016. He has served as General Counsel of the Archdiocese of Chicago since November 2016. From 2012 through April 1, 2016, he served as the Company's Executive Vice President, Legal and General Counsel. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Kunkel was a partner at the international law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP for over 25 years, where he focused his practice on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and other corporate governance and securities matters. Mr. Kunkel's experience as an executive of the Company and as legal counsel to the Company as well as his expertise in corporate governance and corporate finance led the Board of Directors to conclude that Mr. Kunkel should serve as a director of the Company.

Alan Matula

Mr. Alan David Matula is Independent Director of the Company. He has served as a director since December 2015. He has served as the Chief Information Officer of Weber-Stephen Products LLC, a privately owned company which manufactures charcoal, gas and electric outdoor grills and accessories, since December 2015. Mr. Matula worked for the Royal Dutch Shell plc organization for over 30 years. During that time, he served in various information technology capacities for the parent company and several of its subsidiaries, including chief information officer for Royal Dutch Shell plc from 2006 to 2015. Mr. Matula's experience as chief information officer overseeing technology and cyber-related risks as well as his deep business experience led the Board of Directors to conclude that Mr. Matula should serve as a director of the Company.

David Mulcahy

Mr. David S. Mulcahy serves as Independent Director of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company. Mr. Mulcahy has served as a director since 2011. Mr. Mulcahy previously served as a member of the Company's Board of Directors from 1996 to 2006. Mr. Mulcahy currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Monarch Materials Group, Inc., a privately-owned company which manufactures residential, basement window systems, and as President of MABSCO Capital, Inc., a privately-owned company which provides a selection of services including portfolio management, financial consulting and private placement, private equity and joint venture transactions. Mr. Mulcahy was appointed the non-executive Chairman of the Board of Workiva Inc. in June 2018 and has served as a director since its initial public offering in 2014. Mr. Mulcahy is a certified public accountant and was a partner in the Des Moines office of Ernst & Young LLP, where he was employed from 1976 through 1994. Mr. Mulcahy's financial expertise, knowledge and experience in accounting and business management led the Board of Directors to conclude that Mr. Mulcahy should serve as a director of the Company.

Gerard Neugent

Mr. Gerard D. Neugent serves as Independent Director of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company. He has served as a director since 2010. He has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Knapp Properties, Inc. ("Knapp Properties"), Des Moines, Iowa since 2014 and served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Knapp Properties from 1993 until 2014. His primary duties include real estate transactions, development and management. Mr. Neugent received his law degree from Drake University. Mr. Neugent's experience in real estate and business management as well as his legal background led the Board of Directors to conclude that Mr. Neugent should serve as a director of the Company.

A. Strickland

Dr. A. J. Strickland III, serves as Independent Director of American Equity Investment Life Holding Company. He has served as a director since 1996. He has been the Thomas R. Miller Professor of Strategic Management in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Alabama since 1969. Dr. Strickland has been a director of United Security Bancshares, Inc. since February 2013 and was a director of Twenty Services, Inc. until March 2014. Dr. Strickland is also the co-author of many strategic management books and texts used at universities worldwide. In addition, he conducts frequent industry and competitive analyses of domestic and international firms. Dr. Strickland's extensive knowledge of strategic management and the finance industry arising from his academic experience led the Board of Directors to conclude that Dr. Strickland should serve as a director of the Company.

Steven Schwartz

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