NEW YORK, N.Y., May 4, 2020 – The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America® (Guardian Life) announced today that insurance industry veteran Kermitt Brooks has joined the company as Executive Vice President and General Counsel.

Brooks will lead Guardian's Legal, Regulatory, Compliance and Government Relations functions, and oversee all corporate governance activities. He will serve on the company’s Executive Leadership Team and report directly to Deanna Mulligan, Guardian's chief executive officer. He succeeds Eric Dinallo, who left Guardian in February.

“Kermitt has built a reputation as an influential consumer advocate, and his management and regulatory experience will help us drive innovation to improve products and services for our customers,” Mulligan said.

Brooks joins Guardian from AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company, where he was Senior Executive Director and General Counsel, overseeing all legal, regulatory, compliance and government affairs for the company. He joined the organization in 2010 and held several senior legal roles, including Deputy General Counsel, Associate General Counsel, and head of the Insurance Practice Group.

Brooks is also a former official at both the New York State Insurance Department and New York State Office of the Attorney General, where he served as First Deputy Superintendent and Deputy Attorney General of Operations, respectively.  

Brooks is active at the board level for several industry organizations, including the National Organization of Life and Health Guaranty Associations, the Association of Life Insurance Counsel, and Insurance Federation of New York, Inc.

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