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WINDSOR, Conn., Sept. 1, 2009 — Former Health and Human Services Secretary and Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt will speak at 2009 LIMRA Annual Meeting in New York City on Oct. 26.

"As Washington continues to debate health care reform, we are privileged to have one of the nation's leading minds on health care share his experiences from both the state and national levels," said Robert Kerzner, president and CEO of LIMRA, LOMA and LL Global. "Any kind of health care reform will have wide-ranging implications for our members and the industry as a whole. LIMRA is pleased to be able to bring Governor Leavitt's thoughtful views on the different health care proposals being discussed and the appropriate roles for the government and private sectors to our members."

After spending 15 years in the insurance industry, culminating as CEO of one of the nation's largest insurance brokerages, Leavitt was elected three times as governor of Utah (1993-2003) and was, then, appointed a member of the President George W. Bush's cabinet. He was the 10th head of the Environmental Protection Agency (2003-2005) and the 20th secretary of Department of Health and Human Services (2005-2009).

Gov. Leavitt joins a number of experts who will be speaking about the new rules of engagement that are evolving after the worldwide economic crisis in 2008. Other speakers include: J. Barry Griswell, retired chairman and CEO of Principal Financial; Thomas Crawford, co-founder and president of C2 Group; and Gary Heil, founder of the Center for Innovative Leadership.

LIMRA's Annual Meeting typically draws more than 500 top executives from LIMRA member companies throughout the world.

LIMRA Contact:
Howard S. Drescher, 860-285-7875,
Catherine Theroux, 860-285-7787,


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