David Levenson, DBA, FSA, CFA
President and Chief Executive Officer
David Levenson is president and CEO for LOMA, LIMRA, and LL Global. In this capacity, he is responsible for leading one of the world’s largest associations of life insurance and financial services companies, representing more than 1200 financial services companies across 71 countries.
Prior to joining LL Global, 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
Gina Birchall joined LL Global as chief operating officer in 2017. In this role, she is responsible for the organization's Research and Member Benefits, Professional Development, Talent Solutions, and Industry Solutions as well as Marketing, Information Technology, Legal, and Accounting departments.
Prior to joining LL Global, Birchall held various positions at The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. 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, as well as CLU and LLIF designations.
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 Bachelor of Science in English from Troy University and a Master of Arts in professional writing from Kennesaw State University.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Michele LaBouff leads the human resources (HR) department for LL Global. She develops HR strategies that support the company's business goals, which align with its core values, and that deliver on its 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 the organization in 1995, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Sean F. O'Donnell, M.B.A., LLIF
Senior Vice President, Member Relations and Consulting
Sean O’Donnell is responsible for developing and implementing LL Global’s member engagement strategy in the U.S. and Canada. He leads a team dedicated to ensuring that members fully leverage the research, benefits, and commercial solutions available. In addition, he is responsible for leading the company’s consulting business, working to help companies apply 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, 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.
Kathryn N. Reid, LLIF
Vice President, Talent Solutions
As head of LIMRA’s Talent Solutions, Kathy Reid leads a professional team of training and development experts to deliver global solutions to help member companies recruit, select, assess and onboard new talent. She is also responsible for advising domestic and international project teams, developing selection products, and consulting members on recruiting and selection process.
Reid joined LIMRA in 1989 as a research analyst, rising through the ranks to assume her current role in 2008. An experienced facilitator, she works with companies to evaluate selection process effectiveness and to develop new approaches in recruiting and selection. Reid also has trained thousands of field leaders on how to best recruit, select, and retain top talent — as well as numerous field agents on how to hire sub-producers and office staff, and how to develop their own sales skills.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Science in organizational behavior from the University of Hartford.
Kartik Sakthivel, MS-IT/MS-CS, M.B.A.
Chief Information Officer
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.
Alison Salka, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President and Director of Research
Alison Salka joined LL Global in 2012 and is responsible for determining and implementing the strategy and direction of its global research program. She oversees a team of more than 80 researchers and other staff professionals in the research division who conduct consumer research, benchmark studies, and white papers focused on helping member companies better understand industry issues and trends. She is also the director of the Secure Retirement Institute.
Salka previously led the retirement research and competitive intelligence team at Prudential, and was also a director of retirement research and business analytics at MassMutual. She has earned a Master’s degree and holds a doctorate.
Head of Industry Solutions and Chief Financial Officer
Mark Singleton joined LL Global in 2020 as the new head of Industry Solutions and chief financial officer (CFO). As head of LL Global’s industry solutions program, Singleton will work with members to identify new ideas to help address common issues, and build and execute the go-to-market strategies. He will also oversee the overall operations for LL Global’s conferences and meetings (both virtual and in-person), to ensure consistency and enhanced member value. As CFO, he will oversee the development of finance strategies to support LL Global’s broader Compass 2025 strategic roadmap.
Singleton has more than 30 years of leadership experience in finance, distribution, and operations roles with a number of life and annuity carriers. Most recently, Singleton was president and chief executive officer (CEO) of 5Star Life Insurance Company, the life insurance carrier for the Armed Forces Benefit Association.
Singleton has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Baltimore. He became a certified public accountant (CPA) in the state of Maryland, and has earned LOMA’s designation of Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI).