NEW ORLEANS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pan-American Life Insurance Group (PALIG), a leading provider of
insurance and financial services throughout the Americas, announced
today the appointment of Suzanne Mestayer to the company’s Board of
Directors. She will also form part of the Board’s Audit and Finance
Ms. Mestayer is Managing Principal of Thirty North Investments, LLC, an
independent Registered Investment Advisory firm which provides advisory
services to individuals and their families, institutions and retirement
plans. She currently serves as Chair of the Ochsner Health System Board
of Directors and sits on the boards of Sanderson Farms, Inc., the
National WWII Museum and the New Orleans Branch of the Federal Reserve
Bank of Atlanta. Ms. Mestayer has a deep commitment to local and
national community service and actively commits her time and energy to
civic endeavors in the Greater New Orleans area. She is past chairwoman
of the Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region, past
chairwoman of Loyola University New Orleans, and emeritus board member
and past chairwoman of Greater New Orleans, Inc.
Ms. Mestayer’s board work inspired her and ThirtyNorth to develop the
Women Impact Strategy, a gender lens impact investment product
addressing the value add that gender diversity brings to corporate
boards and executive teams. She has been featured in several
publications, including Financial Advisor Magazine, Investment Advisor,
Financial Planning, Think Advisor, and Philanthropy Women.
Prior to ThirtyNorth Investments, Ms. Mestayer was Executive Vice
President and New Orleans President of Regions Bank with responsibility
for four Louisiana markets. She began her career at public accounting
firm Arthur Andersen & Co. where she served as a partner and a member of
the national Estate and Gift specialty team. She is a graduate of
Louisiana State University.
“We are very pleased to have Suzanne on PALIG’s Board of Directors. Her
experience as a professional in the financial services industry and
corporate leadership roles will add an invaluable perspective to our
group,” said José S. Suquet, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of
Pan-American Life Insurance Group.
The company also announced that current Pan-American Life Insurance
Group Lead Board Director Kenneth Mlekush, who plans to retire from the
PALIG Board at the end of 2018, will be stepping down from his role as
Lead Director as of November 14, 2017. He will be succeeded in that role
by existing Board member Dr. Patrick J. Quinlan.
Dr. Quinlan has been a member of PALIG’s Board of Directors since 2011
and is Chairman of the Organization and Compensation Committee. Dr.
Quinlan joined Ochsner in 1998, and retired as CEO Emeritus of the
Ochsner Health System in 2017. Prior to that, he was Chief Medical
Officer of Lovelace Health Systems in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Dr. Quinlan currently serves on the Advisory Board of IberiaBank,
President’s Council of St. George’s University as well as the
International Advisory Board to the Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia.
He is a former board member of the Louisiana Hospital Association; Café
Reconcile; and past chair of Greater New Orleans, Inc. He holds a B.A.
from the University of Texas, an M.D. from the University of Texas and
an M.H.S.A. from the College of St. Francis.
“Dr. Quinlan is an unparalleled, nationally recognized health care
leader. His strategic perspective and depth of expertise bolsters our
core mission,” added Suquet. “We have been privileged to have him as a
Director for several years and look forward to his tenure as Lead
About Pan-American Life Insurance Group
Insurance Group is a leading provider of insurance and financial
services throughout the Americas that has been delivering trusted
financial services since 1911. The New Orleans-based Group is comprised
of more than twenty member companies, employs more than 1,850 worldwide
and offers top-rated individual and/or group life, accident and health
insurance, employee benefits and financial services in 49 states, the
District of Columbia (DC), Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and
throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The Group has branches and
affiliates in Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala,
Honduras, Mexico, Panama, and 13 Caribbean markets, including Barbados,
Cayman Islands, Curacao and Trinidad and Tobago. For more information,
visit the Pan-American Life Web site at palig.com,
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