Organization comprises Denver-based Great-West Financial® and Boston-based Putnam Investments
Retirement businesses to be combined to serve U.S. marketplace with
greater breadth and depth through comprehensive, leading-edge offerings
WINNIPEG, March 20, 2014 /CNW/ - Great-West Lifeco Inc. today announced
the appointment of Robert L. Reynolds as President and Chief Executive
Officer of Great-West Lifeco U.S. Inc., the company that owns
Denver-based Great-West Financial and Boston-based Putnam Investments.
Mr. Reynolds will also assume the position of President and Chief
Executive Officer of Great-West Financial upon the retirement of
Mitchell Graye in May 2014 and will continue as President and Chief
Executive Officer of Putnam Investments.
Both long-established industry leaders, Great-West Financial and Putnam
Investments will remain distinct entities, while working closely to
leverage the strengths of both organizations.
"The U.S. market represents a significant growth opportunity for
Great-West Lifeco," said Paul Mahon, President and Chief Executive
Officer, Great-West Lifeco. "The new structure will allow Great-West
Lifeco to pursue expanded U.S. market opportunities by leveraging the
combined strengths and capabilities of our core businesses in a
coordinated manner to best serve clients."
"Bob has been a driving force of innovation and industry progress in
financial services for three decades - having led institutional and
retail asset management, insurance and retirement services businesses
over the course of his career," Mr. Mahon said.
The Company also announced that under the leadership of Mr. Reynolds,
the retirement business of Putnam Investments will be combined with
that of Great-West Financial to create one of the nation's leading
providers of comprehensive retirement services capabilities to small,
mid and large-sized corporate 401(k) clients, government 457 plans and
non-profit 403(b) entities. The combined retirement business will
reside within Great-West Financial.
In highlighting the opportunity created by combining the retirement
business of Putnam Investments with that of Great-West Financial, Mr.
Reynolds said, "By drawing upon the vision, leadership and dedication
to excellence of two superb retirement businesses, with their unmatched
client service, product, marketing and technology capabilities, we will
be in a position to provide the U.S. marketplace with a superior,
leading-edge offering across every client segment."
About Robert L. Reynolds
Mr. Reynolds is President and Chief Executive Officer of Putnam
Investments, a member of Putnam Investments' Board of Directors, and
President of the Putnam Funds. Prior to joining Putnam Investments in
2008, he spent 24 years at Fidelity Investments, serving as Vice
Chairman and Chief Operating Officer from 2000-2007. Mr. Reynolds
received an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from West
Virginia University, and a President's Medal of Excellence from Boston
College. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration/Finance from West
About Great-West Lifeco
Great-West Lifeco Inc. (TSX:GWO) is an international financial services
holding company with interests in life insurance, health insurance,
retirement and investment services, asset management and reinsurance
businesses. Great-West Lifeco has operations in Canada, the United
States, Europe and Asia through Great-West Life, London Life, Canada
Life, Irish Life, Great-West Financial and Putnam Investments.
Great-West Lifeco and its companies have $758 billion in consolidated
assets under administration and are members of the Power Financial
Corporation group of companies.
* Assets as of December 31, 2013
SOURCE: Great-West Lifeco Inc.
For further information:
Marlene Klassen, APR
Assistant Vice-President, Communication Services, Great-West Lifeco
In the United States:
Director of Public Relations, Putnam Investments
Media Relations Manager, Putnam Investments