Independent Director and non-executive Chairman of the Board
John L. Dixon serves as an Independent Director and non-executive Chairman of the Board of Columbia Property Trust (CXP:NYSE), a publicly traded real estate company. During his tenure on the Columbia Board he has also served as Chairman of its Executive and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and as a member of its Compensation and Investment Committees.
Mr. Dixon has over 40 years of experience in the financial services industry and spent the majority of his professional career serving in various executive roles. He retired from full-time employment in June 2008, following an interim position with LPL Financial that he assumed upon his retirement from Pacific Life in June 2007 to assist in the transition of Pacific Life firms acquired by LPL Financial. During his 23-year tenure with Pacific Life, Mr. Dixon served in various executive roles with broker-dealer and investment advisory firms controlled or wholly owned by Pacific Life, including President and Director of Pacific Select Group and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mutual Service Corporation. He also had administrative oversight of other subsidiaries of Pacific Life including Waterstone Financial Group, United Planners Financial Services, Associated Financial Group; and M.L. Stern & Co.
During his financial services career, Mr. Dixon participated in leadership capacities with several national service and not-for-profit organizations. He served for six years as an Adjunct Faculty Member of the College for Financial Planning and for seven years on the Board of Directors and three years on the Executive Committee of the International Association for Financial Planning, a national membership association. Mr. Dixon also served for eight years as a Trustee of the National Endowment for Financial Education, where he chaired the Endowment Committee, was a member of the Investment Committee and the Executive Committee and served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He was a founding director of the Financial Planning Association and previously served two terms as a Director of the Institute of Certified Financial Planners.
Eric Steigerwalt is the president and chief executive officer of Brighthouse Financial. Brighthouse Financial was established by MetLife in 2016 and is a major provider of annuity and life insurance solutions in the U.S.
Prior to his current role, Steigerwalt was executive vice president of MetLife’s U.S. Retail business. He was appointed to this position in February 2012. During 2012, Steigerwalt also served as MetLife’s interim chief financial officer.
Steigerwalt is the chairman, president and CEO of Brighthouse Life Insurance Company. He serves on the board of directors for the American Council of Life Insurers, the Wells Fargo Championship’s Champions for Education foundation and is a member of the Charlotte Executive Leadership Council.
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