Pan-American Life Insurance Group Announces Retirement of Long Standing
Board Members John Kelly, Robert Pettit and Redfield Bryan
NEW ORLEANS -- February 18, 2014
Today, Pan-American Life Insurance Group (PALIG), a leading provider of
insurance and financial services throughout the Americas, announced the
retirement of John J. Kelly; Dr. Redfield E. Bryan; and Robert L. Pettit, Jr.
from the company’s Board of Directors.
Mr. John J. Kelly joined Pan-American Life Insurance Company’s Board of
Directors in 1994 and became Chairman in 2004. Under his leadership
significant changes were made to the structure of the management team and
Board of Directors, and he was instrumental in recruiting José S. Suquet,
current Chairman of the Board, President and CEO. Mr. Kelly has served as
Pan-American Life’s Chairman Emeritus and Lead Director since 2008.
A native of Queens, New York, Kelly received a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical
Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1956, and in 1966 earned an
MBA from St. John’s University in Queens. During Kelly’s professional career
at Textron, Inc. he was President of Textron Marine & Land Systems in New
Orleans and previously was President of Bell Aerospace Textron in Buffalo, New
York where he was key to the manufacturing of the lunar ascent engine which
was crucial to getting Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin off the moon and back
to the Apollo 11 Command Module.
In addition to his successful career in aerospace and defense development, Mr.
Kelly has been active with other organizations. He served as a director of the
Whitney Bank for twenty-two years, and is also a founding director of the WWII
Museum in New Orleans, as well as a founding member and former chairman of the
Louisiana Technology Council. He is a founding member and former chairman of
the Louisiana Committee of 100, and a founding member and former vice-chairman
of the New Orleans Business Council. He also served on the board of directors
of Rivada Networks LLC from 2005-2010.
“John is an extraordinary individual who has been a valuable mentor to me for
company and community related matters. It has been a real pleasure for me to
work closely with him over the last few years,” said José S. Suquet, Chairman
of the Board, President and CEO of Pan-American Life. “He, like Redfield and
Robert, has made so many important contributions to the health and success of
this company. Their insights and expertise will be missed.”
Dr. Redfield E. Bryan joined Pan-American Life’s Board of Directors in 1994.
After obtaining his undergraduate and medical degrees from Louisiana State
University and completing his internship and residency at Charity Hospital in
New Orleans, Dr. Bryan went on to practice as a board certified urologist from
1967 until his retirement in 1997. He is now a consultant for FMOLHS Health
System. Dr. Bryan is a founding member of The Urology Group and past chairman
of Regions Bank of Baton Rouge and Guaranty Bank Corporation.
Mr. Robert L. Pettit, Jr., a member of Pan-American Life’s board since 1976,
is a former Senior Investment Management Consultant and Executive Director of
Equitas Capital Advisors, LLC. Prior to that position, he served as a Vice
President of Prudential Securities from 1993 to 2002. Mr. Pettit is a member
of the N.B.A. Legends Foundation board of directors as well as a member of the
Investment Management Consultants Association.
“In working very closely with these three gentlemen, I have been lucky to have
them involved in creating the vision for the future of Pan-American Life.
Their efforts have positioned Pan-American Life for continued success,” Suquet
added. “I want to thank them on behalf of the entire Pan-American Life family
for their service and wish them all the very best in their future endeavors.”
About Pan-American Life Insurance Group
ThePan-AmericanLife Insurance Group is a leading provider of insurance and
financial services throughout the Americas. New
Orleans-basedPan-AmericanLife Insurance Company, the Group’s flagship
member, has been delivering trusted financial services since 1911, employing
more than 1,300 worldwide, providing top-rated life and health insurance,
employee benefits and financial services in 47 states, the District of
Columbia (DC), Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Group’s member
companies offer individual and/or group life and health insurance throughout
Latin America and the Caribbean. The Group has branches and affiliates in
Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico,
Panama, and 15 Caribbean markets, including Barbados, Cayman Islands, Curacao
and Trinidad and Tobago. For more information, visit the Pan-AmericanLife Web
site at palig.com.
Pan-American Life Insurance Group
Marta Reeves, 504-566-3112
Isabel Abislaiman, 305-520-9017
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