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LGA Management Change


Legal & General has today announced Gene Gilbertson as Interim President and CEO of Legal & General America (LGA). Gene is currently Vice President and Chief Finance Officer, and is replacing Jimmy Atkins, who is leaving Legal & General America to pursue other interests. Jimmy Atkins joined LGA in 2008 as Executive VP, and became CEO in 2010.

Nigel Wilson, Legal & General Group CEO and Chairman of LGA Board of Directors said:

“I want to wish Jimmy the very best in the future, and I’m delighted Gene has decided to accept the interim role.”

Gene Gilbertson Interim President and LGA CEO has an extensive financial service background, expertise and knowledge of LGA, and will provide further leadership in terms of product and distribution for the business. The LGA Board believes Gene and the LGA leadership team will deliver on its promises to their customers and stakeholders, and continue to drive the business forward.


For further information, please contact:


John Godfrey
Group Corporate Affairs Director
20 3124 2090

Richard King
ead of Group Corporate Communications
20 3124 2095

Notes to editors:

Legal & General Group Plc

Established in 1836, Legal & General is a leading provider of insurance, savings and investment management products in the UK. The Group has a market capitalisation of £16.6bn (as at 3 March 2015) and is responsible for investing £709bn worldwide (as at 31st December 2014) on behalf of investors, policyholders and shareholders. We have over seven million customers in the UK for life assurance, pensions, investments and general insurance plans and over one million customers in the US who rely on us for life assurance. In 2014, Legal & General's operating profit (on the IFRS basis) was £1,275m and earnings per share were 16.70p for the period, an increase of 10% for both respectively.

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Gene R. Gilbertson, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, LGA. Gene R. Gilbertson, CPA, CLU, FLMI was named interim president and chief executive officer for Legal & General America on February 27, 2015. He is also the organization's chief financial officer. In the latter capacity, his responsibilities include all finance, tax and treasury functions for LGA and consolidated subsidiaries, including Banner Life Insurance Company, William Penn Life Insurance Company of New York and several captive insurance companies. Additionally, he is a member of the board of directors for each of those respective companies. Gene served honourably in the U.S. Air Force from 1967 through 1971. Subsequent to his service, he has held a variety of audit, tax and financial positions at KPMG, Marriott Corporation, GEICO and Legal & General America. He has more than 30 years of experience in the life insurance industry.

Gene has substantial experience in a variety of financing (both public capital markets and private solutions) transactions for funding required reserves, including the first of its kind solution incorporating a New York domiciled insurer. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a member of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants. He graduated with honours, Magna Cum Laude, from California State University, Northridge majoring in Business and Accounting. He was also the recipient of a number of scholarships and awards including the Florence Jeanne Goodman Scholarship and the Bank of America Business Scholar award.


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