American Equity: Phyllis Zanghi named as Chief Legal Officer
Phyllis Zanghi has been named executive vice president and chief legal officer at American Equity Investment Life Holding Company.
In her new role, Zanghi will oversee all activities for the legal, compliance, regulatory matters, government relations and corporate secretary functions of the company, as well as provide strategic counsel to the ceo, senior management team and board of directors. She will report to Anant Bhalla, President and CEO.
Zanghi has served as the General Counsel – U.S. Life Companies, a position she has held since October 2020. Previously, Ms. Zanghi worked for Charlotte-based Brighthouse Financial as senior vice president, associate general counsel and head of tax. She played an instrumental role in the reinsurance and legal entity structuring that led to both the tax-free spin-off of Brighthouse from MetLife, while MetLife retained a 20% stake at the time of the separation. Zanghi has played an instrumental role in numerous corporate M&A transactions like her key role in MetLife’s acquisition of Alico in 2010 and was senior counsel for all ERISA and tax related business matters for the MetLife U.S. businesses.