Mehran Assadi has been designated the next president and chief executive officer of National Life Group (NLGroup), the company’s Board of Directors announced on Tuesday.Assadi, currently president of NLGroup’s life and annuity division, will succeed Thomas H. MacLeay, who is retiring Dec. 31 as president and CEO. MacLeay will remain as Chairman of the Board.David Coates, the lead independent director on the board and chairman of the search committee, said Assadi has been instrumental in developing and executing a strategy of success for the life and annuity division.”Mehran is a proven leader,” said Coates. “He brings energy, enthusiasm and optimism to every assignment he is given. We believe Mehran is the best person to build on Tom’s tremendous record of accomplishment.”National Life Group, a Fortune 1000 company with combined 2007 revenues of $1.4 billion, serves the financial needs of more than 700,000 customers. NLGroup includes its flagship company, National Life Insurance Company, founded in Montpelier in 1848; Life Insurance Company of the Southwest in Dallas, Texas, and Sentinel Investments, Equity Services, Inc. and National Retirement Plan Advisors, all based in Montpelier.Assadi, 50, joined NLGroup in 2003 and was named president of the life and annuity division two years later. He oversees the life and annuity profit centers, which include sales and distribution as well as product development, new business, marketing, underwriting and customer service.”Mehran understands what makes National Life special: our history, our heritage, our mutual structure, our focus on the individual and our unwavering commitment to deliver on the promises we make,” said MacLeay. “Mehran also appreciates what we need to do to remain strong and competitive in tomorrow’s marketplace.”Assadi said that being named chief executive officer is an honor. “National Life is more than a company,” he said. “It is a jewel.””I feel privileged to be asked to lead National Life Group, especially as we mark the 160th anniversary of the founding of National Life Insurance Company,” he said.Assadi will only be the 16th person to serve as chief executive in the 160 years since National Life Insurance Co. was chartered. MacLeay has served as president for 11 years and as CEO and chairman for six years.Prior to joining National Life Group, Assadi served as executive vice president, chief marketing officer and chief information officer at Provident Mutual in Newark, Delaware. Previously he served for 16 years in various senior positions with United States Fidelity and Guaranty of Baltimore.A graduate of Towson University, Assadi has a Master’s in Management Information Systems from the University of Baltimore.Assadi and his wife Janet have three sons, Anthony, Jordan, and Ryan.
HT&E Events and Gfinity Esports Australia have announced that Alienware will be the Presenting Partner for the inaugural 2018 Australian Elite Series. The release states that “the investment represents one of the largest commercial partnerships in Australian esports history”. Not only will Alienware, a subsidiary of Dell, become the Presenting Partner, it will also be the official hardware partner in the PC hardware category. The deal will see Alienware receive “significant visibility and engagement across Gfinity Australia’s events and broadcast platforms”.Dominic Remond, incoming CEO of Gfinity Australia, said: “We are delighted to welcome Alienware on board as our presenting partner sponsor for the inaugural Gfinity Elite Series. As passionate supporters of the gaming community, their brand and products are a perfect fit for our ambition to create Australia’s first city-based professional esports league. He continued: “Esports is a highly sought-after space, and this partnership is a demonstration of the great commercial potential brands can see in Gfinity Australia’s Elite Series. We’re thrilled that Alienware has jumped at the opportunity to help bring a new wave of esports into Australia. It will enable them to further connect with a valuable, tech-savvy, younger audience”.Ben Jackson, Dell ANZ General Manager for Consumer and Small Business, said, “The Alienware brand is synonymous with high-performance gaming globally and we’re thrilled to be the Presenting Partner of the Gfinity Elite Series for 2018. Alienware has long recognised the importance of esports for the Australian gaming community and as the gaming scene has continued to thrive, we have been looking for the right partner to help bring esports to the forefront here. We want to elevate and further legitimise the sport and see how far we can take it in Australia to bring it on par with other world leading esports communities. Alienware is committed to delivering the best hardware for gamers of all levels so that they have the most immersive gaming experience possible. It is a great way for us to build on our community as this exciting new league launches in Australia.”Esports Insider says: Great news coming out of Gfinity Australia as the company’s expansion continues. Interestingly there’s Omen in the UK but Alienware over in Australia so we’ve got some tasty variety and competition. Can the Australian players out dab the UK though? Only time will tell..