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October 10, 2016

Symetra Life Appoints Joel Kneisley as Chief Information Officer

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Symetra Life Insurance Company today named Joel C. Kneisley as senior vice president and chief information officer (CIO). Kneisley was promoted from his current role as vice president, Information Technology. He continues to report to Symetra Chief Financial Officer Margaret Meister, who has served as interim CIO since June 2014.
Kneisley will assume oversight of Symetra’s technology strategy, team and operations, with responsibility for the ongoing development of Symetra’s long-term information technology (IT) and digital roadmap. This encompasses the company’s IT systems architecture, business applications and cybersecurity.
“Joel has been instrumental in spearheading and driving key transformational efforts across Symetra’s technology platforms. His leadership and strategic approach have helped expand our capabilities and strengthen our infrastructure,” said Meister. “Joel’s track record for driving business results positions him well to advance Symetra’s vision for leveraging information technology on behalf our customers and business partners.”
Prior to joining Symetra in 2011, Kneisley held senior IT management positions at Microsoft, Cloud Wise Consulting and Fox Software, as well as in the United States Armed Services where he managed the deployment of Global Positioning Systems.
Kneisley is the recipient of an Alexander Hamilton Award from Treasury & Risk for “Excellence in Treasury Systems.” His award-winning work has been highlighted in additional industry journals, including Wall Street and Technology magazine. He earned a bachelor of business administration degree in computer systems from Ohio University.
About Symetra
Symetra Life Insurance Company is a subsidiary of Symetra Financial Corporation, a diversified financial services company based in Bellevue, Washington. In business since 1957, Symetra provides employee benefits, annuities and life insurance through a national network of benefit consultants, financial institutions, and independent agents and advisors. For more information, visit

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