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Pacific Life makes assistant vice president promotions


Pacific Life Insurance Company Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer James T Morris has announced ten new assistant vice presidents which will be effective 1 April, 2016.

Brian Cope, CFA, to assistant vice president, Enterprise Risk Management – Credit Risk Management, Corporate Division. Cope joined Pacific Life in 2001 as a security operations supervisor and was promoted to director, Market and Credit Risk, in 2011. He is responsible for providing oversight of Pacific Life’s general account credit exposure through active monitoring of investment activities, general account asset projections used in reserves, cash flow testing, asset adequacy analysis, and asset liability management and planning. He also maintains the general account investment guidelines and monitors regulatory and industry developments that may impact Pacific Life’s investment limits and asset valuations. As assistant vice president, Cope will serve an integral role in monitoring investment holdings relative to internal and regulatory guidelines and development of asset projections. Cope lives in Irvine and is a graduate of University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in management. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance.

David Demsey to assistant vice president, Program Management Office, Corporate Division. Demsey, a resident of Huntington Beach, joined Pacific Life in 2006 as a project manager in the Corporate Division and was promoted to director, Program Management, in 2009. In 2015 he assumed responsibility for leading the Corporate Information Technology Program Management Office. In his role, Demsey leads strategic direction for project management, demand management, business analysis, test automation, information security, operational risk and audit remediation. Demsey received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego.

Melanie Dumas to assistant vice president, Training, Life Insurance Division. Dumas joined Pacific Life in 2013 as a director of Sales Training and Development in the Life Insurance Division. She has been responsible for developing a sales training team focused on effective learning principles for the Regional Life Office, Prime and Wirehouse Recruiters, as well as delivering training programs to both internal and external associates. As assistant vice president, Dumas will be accountable for creating professional development opportunities and a training pipeline, as well as developing and implementing training courses and curriculums. A resident of Corona del Mar, Dumas is FINRA Series 6 licensed and has a bachelor’s degree from Providence College. She received her master’s degree in adult and organisational learning from Suffolk University in Boston.

Tristan Fontugne, FSA, MAAA, to assistant vice president, Product Design, Life Insurance Division. Fontugne joined Pacific Life in 2008 as an actuarial analyst in the Life Insurance Division and was promoted to director, Product Design, in 2013. In this role, Fontugne is responsible for designing, pricing and implementing life insurance products, including reviewing and improving pricing guidelines and standards, developing and implementing procedures and tools to enhance quality control, as well as serving as a pricing expert to other members of the Product Design Team. As assistant vice president, Product Design, Fontugne will oversee all aspects of the product design and pricing process and lead his team in product design innovation. Fontugne is a resident of Irvine. He received a bachelor’s in economics from California State University, Fullerton.

Max Gokhman to assistant vice president, Asset Allocation, Corporate Division. Gokhman joined Pacific Life in 2014 as a director of Asset Allocation with Pacific Life Fund Advisors. In this role, Gokhman is responsible for leading the portfolio management function for the asset allocation funds within the Pacific Select Fund and for Pacific Funds, totaling $35 billion in assets under management. His responsibilities include generating key investment decisions for the Pacific Life Fund Advisors LLC (PLFA) managed strategies and providing investment expertise to the divisions to drive company-wide initiatives. As assistant vice president, Asset Allocation, Gokhman will continue to provide investment management expertise for the Pacific Select Fund and Pacific Funds, as well as develop investment strategies and provide daily management oversight for PLFA managed portfolios. Gokhman lives in Corona del Mar and is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College with two bachelor’s degrees in economics and psychology.

Peter Han, CRPC, CRC, to assistant vice president, Sales Support, Retirement Solutions Division. Han, a resident of Yorba Linda, joined Pacific Life in 2000 as an internal wholesaler and assumed the role of director, Sales Training, in 2013. Han is responsible for the creation and implementation of the sales training program for field wholesalers and internal wholesalers within the division as well as many other key initiatives to drive innovation. As assistant vice president, Han will have oversight of all aspects of sales support including sales reporting, conference planning, sales efficiencies & innovation and sales training. Han has a bachelor’s degree in psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Brett Hynes to assistant vice president, Field National Accounts, Retirement Solutions Division. Hynes joined Pacific Life in 2002 as a customer service specialist and was most recently in the role of field vice president, Alternative Distribution and Asset Manager Relations. Hynes manages relationships with asset managers and key broker dealers, as well as the Producer Alliance program. As assistant vice president, Hynes will add leadership responsibilities for four channels of distribution and will continue establishing new distribution relationships. Hynes received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pepperdine University and is a resident of Foothill Ranch.

Kimberly Johnson to assistant vice president, Strategic Initiatives, Corporate Division. Johnson joined Pacific Life in 1994 and has held leadership positions in Data Management, Investment Accounting, and most recently as director, Strategic Initiatives, where she led a new Corporate Finance function 

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