Christopher J. Nickele
EVP and Chief Actuary
Chris Nickele was appointed chief actuary of CNO Financial Group in August 2014. In this role he is responsible for managing actuarial valuation as well as new product development and management on an enterprise-wide basis, overseeing activities for the Bankers Life, Colonial Penn and Washington National businesses.
Nickele joined CNO in October 2005 as executive vice president, product management, and was named additionally to head a new business segment - Other CNO Business - in April 2010.
Nickele has more than 35 years of experience in the insurance industry, specializing in product development. Nickele joined CNO from Lincoln Financial Group, where he served as vice president and business line leader, general manager and First Penn-Pacific director for Lincoln's term line of business. Previously, he held key actuarial positions at First Penn-Pacific, Zurich Kemper Life and Bankers Life.
Nickele holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame.
He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and a participant of the Ad Hoc Committee on Regulation XXX.