Investor Relations

Leadership

A strong company begins with strong leaders. Protective Life Corporation’s executive team is committed to upholding the principles and values that have led to our strength and success over the last century.

  • John D. Johns
    Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

    John D. Johns is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Protective Life Corporation.  He joined Protective in 1993 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  He became the Company’s Chief Executive Officer in January, 2002.  Prior to joining Protective, Mr. Johns served as General Counsel of Sonat, Inc., a diversified energy company.  Prior to joining Sonat, Mr. Johns was a founding partner of the law firm Maynard Cooper & Gale.

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  • Richard J. Bielen
    Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer

    Rich Bielen is Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of Protective Life Corporation.  He joined Protective Life in 1991 with responsibility for the company’s Securities portfolio, became Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer in 2002 and has served as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer since 2007.

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  • Deborah J. Long, JD
    Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel

    Deborah J. Long serves as Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of Protective Life Corporation. She joined Protective as General Counsel in 1992.

    Prior to joining Protective, Ms. Long was a member of the Maynard, Cooper & Gale law firm in Birmingham, Ala., where she practiced in the areas of insurance, banking and finance, business acquisitions and mergers, and general corporate law.   

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  • Michael G. Temple
    Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer

    Mike Temple is Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer for Protective Life Corporation. He joined the company in December of 2012.

    As Chief Risk Officer, Mr. Temple leads the company’s Enterprise Risk Management program, including risk culture and governance, modeling, and risk reporting.

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  • Carl S. Thigpen
    Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer

    Carl Thigpen is Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Protective Life Corporation, a post he has held since May 2007. He is also President of Protective Investment Advisors, Inc. Mr. Thigpen joined Protective in 1984. He served as Senior Vice President, Investments from March 2001 to January 2002, when he was promoted to Chief Mortgage and Real Estate Officer, a position he held until becoming the Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer in May 2007.

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  • D. Scott Adams
    Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

    Scott Adams has been Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Protective Life since April 2006. He oversees the company’s human resources activities, including recruiting, compensation, benefits, employee relations, and learning and talent development, as well as all internal communications.

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  • Lance P. Black
    Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Stable Value Products

    Lance Black has been the Treasurer of Protective Life Corporation since May 2007, and was named Senior Vice President in March 2008. Mr. Black also assumed responsibility for the Stable Value Products division in 2013. His responsibilities include capital raising and cash management for the corporate holding company, asset/liability management, asset allocation and serving as a liaison to the line of business units for product development and asset/liability management related issues.

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  • Mark J. Cyphert
    Senior Vice President, Chief Information and Operations Officer

    Mark Cyphert is Senior Vice President and Chief Information and Operations Officer of Protective Life Corporation. He joined Protective in January 2009 as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer.

    Prior to joining Protective, Mr. Cyphert served with Deloitte Consulting from 1988 through 2008.

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  • Nancy Kane
    Senior Vice President, Acquisitions and Corporate Development

    Nancy Kane is Senior Vice President, Acquisitions and Corporate Development for Protective Life Corporation. She currently has responsibility for the Company's acquisition and capital markets segments. Ms. Kane joined Protective Life as Senior Associate Counsel in 1997.

    During her career with the Company, her responsibilities have included the capital markets area and legal aspects of securities offerings, acquisitions, derivatives, investments, broker dealer relationships and life products.

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  • M. Scott Karchunas
    Senior Vice President, Asset Protection

    Scott Karchunas is Senior Vice President and President of the Asset Protection Division. He joined Protective in 1988.

    Mr. Karchunas has served in a variety of roles within Protective, including Senior Executive Vice President, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Division Vice President and Regional Vice President. Elevated to his current role in 2013, he has more than 25 years of experience in the automotive finance and insurance industry.

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  • John R. Sawyer
    Senior Vice President, Life and Annuity Executive

    John Sawyer is Senior Vice President, Life and Annuity Executive of Protective Life Corporation. He joined Protective Life as Annuity Divisional Sales Director in 1992. In his role, Mr. Sawyer is responsible for the company's life insurance and annuity distribution, including sales, marketing, sales support, account management and product strategy.

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  • Frank R. Sottosanti
    Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

    Frank Sottosanti is Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Protective Life Corporation and oversees the company’s consumer marketing and branding initiatives.

    Prior to joining Protective in March 2012, Mr. Sottosanti was Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for BBVA Compass in Birmingham. He also worked for Wachovia and Bank of America in various marketing leadership roles while living in Charlotte.

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  • Steven G. Walker
    Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer

    Steve Walker is the Chief Accounting Officer for Protective Life Corporation. He joined Protective Life in 2002 as the Chief Financial Officer for the Asset Protection Division.  Mr. Walker has served as the Chief Accounting Officer and Controller since 2003 and currently is responsible for accounting, tax, reinsurance administration and actuarial valuation.

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Eva Robertson
Vice President, Investor Relations
Protective Life Corporation
(205) 268-3912
eva.robertson@protective.com