Mr. Ferik recently returned to his role as Executive Vice President, Individual Markets, at Guardian. He is responsible for the products and services Guardian provides to individual customers, primarily through our general agency distribution channel. These include life and disability insurance, annuities, and wealth management products and services. Mr. Ferik previously served as head of Individual Markets, from 2009-2017. During this time, he integrated the business with a deliberate focus on securing the future of agency distribution and delivering differentiated client value.
Mr. Ferik’s experience as Executive Vice President also includes two years in the role of Chief Financial Officer of Guardian. He was responsible for leading the financial, risk, actuarial, and internal audit functions at Guardian. This includes planning and reporting, tax, capital management, risk management, actuarial, treasury, and managing banking and rating agency relationships. During his tenure, he introduced a more centralized capital allocation model to strategically invest in enterprise priorities.
Mr. Ferik joined Guardian in April 2009 following tenure with AXA Equitable, where he held the position of Senior Vice President & Head of Life Practices. Prior to that, his experience included working as an associate with McKinsey and Co., as Vice President and Actuary with Manulife in Singapore, and as an actuary with Manulife in its U.S. Life division.
Mr. Ferik is presently a board member of the Life Insurance Council of New York (LICONY), Insurance Policy Advisory Committee of the Federal Reserve (IPAC), Boys and Girls Club of America (BGCA) and Life Insurance Marketing & Research Association (LIMRA). He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1994 with a degree in actuarial science and economics. He became a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in 1998.