Catherine H. Smith joins Global Atlantic board of directors


New York, NY – November 7, 2019Global Atlantic Financial Group, a leading U.S.-focused retirement, life insurance and reinsurance company, today announced that Catherine H. Smith has been named to the company’s board of directors. Ms. Smith brings an impressive depth of leadership experience garnered across both public and private sectors.

Most recently, Ms. Smith served as the Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) for eight years. In this capacity, she spearheaded efforts to generate economic activity and expansion of business presence in the state.

Prior to her service as Commissioner of the DECD, Ms. Smith gained a depth of industry experience at ING and Aetna.

Through 17 years at Aetna, Ms. Smith held various leadership roles in investments and investor relations, as well as strategy and communication. Her tenure culminated as Chief Financial Officer for Aetna Financial Services before transitioning to ING.

In a decade at ING, Ms. Smith held a series of roles running several U.S. business units, including President of Defined Contribution Distribution, Chief Operations Officer for ING U.S. Financial Services, and CEO roles for ING U.S. Retail Group and ING U.S. Financial Services. She retired from ING in 2011 as CEO of ING U.S. Retirement Services.

Ms. Smith also brings extensive Board experience garnered across multiple organizations. She was most recently named Chairperson of the Board for Outward Bound USA.

Ms. Smith is a graduate of Hampshire College, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, and Yale University, where she earned a Master of Public and Private Management degree.

About Global Atlantic
Global Atlantic Financial Group, through its subsidiaries, offers a broad range of retirement, life and reinsurance products designed to help our customers address financial challenges with confidence. A variety of options help Americans customize a strategy to fulfill their protection, accumulation, income, wealth transfer and end-of-life needs. In addition, Global Atlantic offers custom solutions and responsive service for the capital, risk and legacy-business management of life and annuity insurance companies around the world.

Global Atlantic was founded at Goldman Sachs in 2004 and separated as an independent company in 2013. Its success is driven by a unique heritage that combines deep product and distribution knowledge with insightful investment and risk management capabilities, alongside a strong financial foundation of $85 billion in assets.




Global Atlantic Financial Group (Global Atlantic) is the marketing name for Global Atlantic Financial Group Limited and its subsidiaries.

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