John Harrell

Executive Vice President - Head of Sales and New Business

Knighthead Annuity & Life Assurance Company


Leading the sales organization, Mr. Harrell brings over 30 years of offshore and annuity sales and leadership experience. Mr. Harrell joined Knighthead Annuity with a mandate to increase sales from existing distributors as well as expand the number of distribution partners. Formerly, Mr. Harrell served as Director of Business Solutions – Bank Channel for Russell Investments where he worked since 2010. Mr. Harrell successfully grew sales and distribution from zero to more than $2.5 Billion in five years establishing the bank network as the dominant distribution channel for Russell Investments. Prior to Russell, Mr. Harrell served as Managing Director, Western Division Sales for Symetra, growing sales from $500 million to over $2.2 Billion. He spent a number of years as First Vice President Banco de Puerto Rico and Senior Vice President for Sun Life Financial (five years) and Vice President Essex Corporation (seven years). Mr. Harrell also brings significant experience in product development and marketing. Mr. Harrell holds a Bachelor of Science - Social and Behavioral Science from Linfield College; McMinnville, Oregon and is a Certified Financial Planner® and Certified Mutual Fund Counselor®.

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The Rising Appeals of Annuities in Today’s World for Wealthy Private Clients Two specialists from Cayman Island-headquartered Knighthead Annuity & Life Assurance Company (Knighthead) told delegates at the Hubbis HNW Insurance Summit on May 3 why Annuities are of considerable and rising value for wealthy private clients in a higher interest rate world, and explained why they....

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