Global Insurance Symposium announces CEOs to headline discussion of Leadership Strategy in evolving industry
March 22, 2018
Des Moines, Iowa

The 2018 Global Insurance Symposium (GIS) today announced four CEOs to headline discussion on the changing landscape of insurance leadership during the conference’s Tuesday, April 26 CEO panel. The recognized thought leaders include: Pina Albo, CEO of Hamilton Insurance Group; Bill Wheeler, president of Athene Holding Ltd.; Jim Brannen, CEO of FBL Financial Group Inc.; and David Wilken, president of Life Global Atlantic Financial Group.

“The CEO panel offers our attendees a unique opportunity to hear directly from industry leaders on how and why their role is evolving in today’s industry, and what that means across company size and lines of business,” said Laura Beebe, GIS co-chair. “These CEOs face real-time strategy and make-or-break decisions every day in an era of change – that comes with real challenges. We’re excited to add their varied perspectives to the strong panel lineup for this year’s Global Insurance Symposium.”

The Des Moines-based GIS brings together insurance and technology leaders from around the globe to discuss the latest in innovation, policy, technology, and trends. Additional speakers for the 2018 event include state insurance commissioners, industry leaders, entrepreneurs and startups, and regulatory representatives from around the world. Panel discussions will focus on topics like artificial intelligence, genetic testing, the opioid epidemic, and digital disruption, among others.

This year’s GIS attendees also will be among the first guests to stay in Des Moines’ newest convention hotel, the Hilton Des Moines Downtown. A skywalk will connect the hotel to the Iowa Events Center where the conference is being held and provide direct access to downtown Des Moines’ restaurant and entertainment options. Rooms are currently available for reservations.

Final event details will be released in the weeks leading up to the event. A full schedule and session details are available online at Those wishing to attend the symposium are encouraged to register online here.

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About the Global Insurance Symposium

Established in 2014, the Global Insurance Symposium is the premier symposium for insurance professionals and regulatory authorities to hear from the world’s most renowned insurance experts and to interact with fellow insurance industry colleagues from around the world. The Global Insurance Symposium is presented by the Iowa Insurance Institute, the Federation of Iowa Insurers, Iowa Economic Development Authority, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the Global Insurance Accelerator, Insurance Thought Leadership, and the Iowa Insurance Division. For more information, visit

Global Insurance Symposium Update: {3/20/2020 10:00 a.m. CDT} Due to state and federal guidelines on large gatherings, the 2020 Global Insurance Symposium has been cancelled. The symposium will be back next year on April 26-28, 2021. For those attendees who were looking forward to seeing the final presentations of this year’s Global Insurance Accelerator (GIA) cohort, please note that the GIA is going to host a virtual pitch event on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 from 3:30-5:00 pm CST. More information can be found at