Great-West Life Inc. has appointed Jeff Macoun as president and chief operating officer for Canada.

Macoun is filling the role following the announcement that Stefan Kristjanson, the organization’s current president and chief operating officer for Canada, is retiring on Dec. 31, 2018. 

“On behalf of the board of directors and the entire organization, I want to thank Stefan for his vision, dedication and leadership, as well as his nearly 30 years with the company,” said Paul Mahon, president and chief executive officer of Great-West Lifeco, in a press release. “I would also like to express my gratitude for the work Stefan has done to help build a strong foundation for our next phase of growth in Canada.”

Read: Great-West Lifeco’s net earnings up 24% in first quarter

Since joining the company more than 30 years ago, Macoun’s roles include deputy chief operating officer for Canada and executive vice-president of the group customer practice.

“Over the years, I’ve built strong relationships with customers, advisors and employees,” said Macoun. “I’m very excited to continue forward with the second phase of our transformation and the overall growth strategy of the company.”

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