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Executive Profiles

  • David Levenson, DBA, FSA, CFA

    President and Chief Executive Officer
    LIMRA, LOMA, and LL Global

    David Levenson is president and CEO for LIMRA, LOMA and LL Global. In this capacity, he is responsible for leading one of the world’s largest association of life insurance and financial services companies, representing more than 1200 financial services companies across 71 countries.

    Most recently, Levenson was a principal at Edward Jones and served on its management committee from 2015-2018. He was responsible for all products distributed through its network of 17,000 advisors in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to 2012, Levenson was president of wealth management at The Hartford Financial Services Group, responsible for the firm’s individual annuity, individual life, mutual fund and retirement plan businesses. He also served as president and CEO of Hartford Life, KK in Tokyo, where he was responsible for leading the largest annuity provider in Japan.

    Levenson holds his Bachelor of Science from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, his Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School and a doctorate in business administration from The School of International Corporate Strategy at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, Japan. 

  • Gina Birchall, J.D., LLIF, CLU

    Chief Operating Officer
    LIMRA, LOMA and LL Global, Inc.

    Gina Birchall joined LL Global as chief operating officer in 2017. In this role, she is responsible for LIMRA’s and LOMA’s legal and accounting departments, information technology, marketing, talent solutions, and member relations. Birchall also is charged with working across the organization to help implement many of the ongoing entity-wide projects to improve efficiencies and processes.

    Since 1998, Birchall held various positions at Guardian Life Insurance Co.  Most recently, she was vice president of strategic initiatives, leading initiatives across the enterprise to advance its business goals.

    Birchall holds a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College and a Juris Doctor from the Western New England University School of Law, both in Massachusetts.

  • Carie Crane, FLMI, ACS, AIRC, ARA

    Vice President, Professional Development

    As the vice president of professional development for LOMA, Carie Crane is responsible for overseeing the planning, development, and support of the educational courses and programs to enhance the quality of human resources in and available to the insurance and financial services industry worldwide. In this role, she works with member advisory groups to determine educational needs and oversees the development of online and instructor-facilitated training courses and professional designation programs to meet those needs.

    Crane joined LOMA in 1999 as an examination writer and has taken on a variety of roles related to the LOMA's education product development. She holds a B.S. in English from Troy University and an M.A. in professional writing from Kennesaw State University.

  • Michele LaBouff

    Senior Vice President, Human Resources
    LIMRA, LOMA and LL Global

    Michele LaBouff leads the human resources (HR) departments for both LIMRA and LOMA. She develops HR strategies that support the companies’ business goals, which align with their core values, and that deliver on their employee value proposition.

    In this role, LaBouff is also responsible for leading all aspects of the employee experience including engagement, recognition, development and recruitment, as well as compensation and benefits.

    LaBouff, who joined LOMA in 1995, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

  • Kathy Milligan, FLMI, ACS, ALHC

    Senior Vice President, Education and Training

    As Senior Vice President, Education and Training for LOMA, Kathy Milligan is responsible for planning and ensuring the development and implementation of educational courses, programs, and products to enhance the quality of human resources in and available to the insurance and financial services industry worldwide. In this role she works with key industry groups and LOMA members to determine educational needs and oversees the development of online, print-based, and instructor-facilitated training courses and materials to meet those needs.

    Milligan received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia Southern University. She is a graduate of LOMA’s Executive Development Program and has earned the Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI) designation, the Associate, Customer Service (ACS) designation, as well as the Associate, Life and Health Claims (ALHC) designation.

  • Sean F. O'Donnell, M.B.A., LLIF

    Vice President, Member Relations and Consulting
    LIMRA, LOMA and LL Global

    Sean O’Donnell is responsible for developing and implementing LIMRA’s member-engagement strategy in the U.S. and Canada. He leads a team dedicated to LIMRA members fully leverage the research, member benefits and commercial solutions available. In addition, he is responsible for leading LIMRA‘s consulting business, working to help companies apply LIMRA’s research and industry expertise to develop strategies for growth.

    O’Donnell brings more than 25 years of marketing, sales, research and organizational and consumer-behavior experience to his current role. Prior to joining the LIMRA organization, he was a supervising project director and analyst for the PERT Group, a global research-based consultancy, working on product development and brand equity research for organizations such as Gillette, Clorox, S.C. Johnson, and Nestle.

    O’Donnell received both his bachelor’s degree and his Master of Business Administration, with concentrations in finance and marketing, from the University of Hartford.

  • Lisa Tanen-LaFontaine, M.B.A.

    Chief Marketing Officer
    LIMRA, LOMA and LL Global

    Lisa joined LL Global as the head of Marketing in early 2016. She oversees the marketing on both the LIMRA and LOMA campuses, supporting a number of internal clients including domestic and international research, assessment and development, education and training, conferences, and member relations. She leads a team of multimedia, public relations, communications, online, strategy, design and social media professionals focused on creating compelling and engaging campaigns to help internal clients get their products, services, and unique solutions in front of the right member companies.

    Prior to joining LL Global, Lisa spent 15 years in the financial services industry, with previous roles including marketing director of retirement plan services at Lincoln Financial Group, vice president of communications strategy at EMPOWER Retirement (formerly J.P. Morgan Retirement Plan Services), and director of participant communications at Prudential Retirement. She holds an M.B.A. in Marketing. 

  • Kartik Sakthivel, MS-IT/MS-CS, M.B.A.

    Chief Information Officer
    LIMRA, LOMA and LL Global

    As chief information officer for LIMRA and LOMA, Kartik Sakthivel is responsible for developing the information technology strategic direction for the enterprise. In this capacity, he directs and manages computing and information technology policies, programs and schedules for business and enterprise systems, and manages information services to meet LIMRA and LOMA’s corporate goals and objectives. An industry thought leader, Sakthivel champions the use of technology to improve the revenue, profitability and efficiency of the organization.

    Joining LIMRA and LOMA in 2017, Sakthivel has broad industry experience, most recently as director of technology at Liberty Mutual Insurance. He holds a Master of Science in computer information systems / information technology, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.