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IRI Honors Industry Leaders during VISION: IRI Annual Meeting 2016

Issued by: Insured Retirement Institute [IRI]

Date: Sept. 26, 2016

Nick Lane, John Brown and Beth Maziad Recognized as 2016 Recipients of the IRI Leadership Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 26, 2016 – The Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) today recognized three industry leaders as the 2016 recipients of the IRI Leadership Award. IRI honored Nick Lane, who was recently promoted to President and CEO of AXA Japan; John Brown, who recently retired as Vice President of Government Relations for Jackson National Life Insurance Company; and Beth Maziad, who is Senior Vice President of Operations for Raymond James Private Client Group Investment Products.

The IRI Leadership Award honors leaders whose dedicated service and contributions to IRI have supported the organization in achieving its mission. The awards were presented during a ceremony today at VISION: IRI Annual Meeting 2016 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“We established the IRI Leadership Award to honor those individuals who have given their time, energy and commitment to supporting the organization, allowing IRI to grow into the leading association it is today,” IRI President and CEO Cathy Weatherford said. “Nick, John and Beth have been selected by their peers in recognition of their outstanding contributions to IRI and their efforts to advance our mission. We are tremendously thankful for their leadership and dedication to IRI, and we are a stronger association because of their support.”
  • Nick Lane

    Nick Lane, who is the outgoing Chairman of the IRI Board of Directors, served on the IRI Board for five years and on the IRI Executive Committee for three years. During his tenure as Board Chairman, he led IRI’s efforts to provide constructive input to policymakers on the then-proposed Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary rule. These efforts included leading IRI’s delegation during meetings with regulators and the White House, testifying during the DOL’s hearing on the rule, and participating in four IRI “fly-ins” to meet with lawmakers on the rule. After the rule’s finalization, Mr. Lane oversaw IRI’s efforts to help member companies prepare to operate under the new rule, including the development of more than 15 working groups that are helping IRI member companies navigate particular aspects of implementation. He also helped direct IRI’s strategic planning process to solidify IRI’s status as a “first-call resource” among policymakers and other stakeholders.

    Mr. Lane was promoted to President and CEO of AXA Japan in May, after serving as Senior Executive Director and Head of U.S. Life and Retirement for AXA. During his tenure with AXA, he has served in numerous leadership positions, including Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of AXA Distributors; Member of the Board of Directors of AXA Advisors; and President of AXA’s Individual Annuity and Employer-Sponsored business lines. Before joining AXA in 2005, Mr. Lane was a leader in the sales and marketing practice of the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Mr. Lane also served as a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps.
  • John Brown

    Before his recent retirement, John Brown was a long-time leader on many of IRI’s government affairs committees and was instrumental in helping IRI expand its advocacy efforts at both the federal and state levels. He recently served six years as the Chair of the IRI State Affairs Committee, during which time the committee doubled in size. Mr. Brown also served on IRI’s Federal Affairs Committee and its Government Affairs Advisory Council. His contributions helped to support IRI’s efforts to advocate for the uniform adoption of the NAIC’s annuity suitability model laws; to achieve congressional enactment of the National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers Reform Act (NARAB II); and to build support among state insurance regulators on retirement security issues that led to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ announcement of a new retirement security initiative. Mr. Brown also was a past Co-chair of the IRI Government, Legal and Regulatory Conference.

    Mr. Brown retired last month as Vice President of Government Relations for Jackson National Life Insurance Company. In this role, a post he held for 13 years, he oversaw the company’s government relations efforts at the local, state and federal levels. He also led Jackson’s corporate communications department. His 35-year career in government relations also included serving as President of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce from 1998 to 2003, and as Director of Worldwide Government Relations for Amway Corporation from 1981 to 1998. Mr. Brown’s career began as an Associate Attorney for Varnum Riddering. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Hope College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School.
  • Beth Maziad

    Beth Maziad has served on more than a dozen IRI committees and working groups over a two-decade span. Her efforts have been largely focused on supporting the work of IRI’s Operations and Technology community, specifically the advancement of its straight-through processing (STP) initiatives and other efforts to drive industry-wide process improvements. Ms. Maziad is a member of the IRI Operations and Technology Committee and is a leader on its Senior Steering Committee. In addition to other leadership roles, she served as Chair of the IRI Operations and Technology Senior Steering Committee from 2006 through 2012 and as Chair of the IRI Operations & Technology Conference Planning Committee in 2012. Ms. Maziad also has been an active participant in IRI Broker-Dealer Roundtable events.

    Ms. Maziad is Senior Vice President of Operations for Raymond James Private Client Group Investment Products. In this role, she oversee the firm’s operations for life insurance, annuities and alternative investments, supporting more than 6,500 Raymond James advisors and their clients. Ms. Maziad also serves as Chief Compliance Officer for Raymond James Insurance Group. She has more than 30 years of industry experience, all with Raymond James. Ms. Maziad is insurance licensed in the state of Florida and holds FINRA Series 7, 26 and 99 registrations. She is a Fellow, Life Management Institute; Associate, Insurance Agency Administration; Associate, Insurance Regulatory Compliance; and Associate, Customer Service.
About the Insured Retirement Institute
The Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) is the leading association for the retirement income industry. IRI proudly leads a national consumer coalition of 40 organizations, and is the only association that represents the entire supply chain of insured retirement strategies. IRI members are the major insurers, asset managers, broker-dealers/distributors, and 150,000 financial professionals. As a not-for-profit organization, IRI provides an objective forum for communication and education, and advocates for the sustainable retirement solutions Americans need to help achieve a secure and dignified retirement. Learn more at


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