Symetra Hires SVP to Develop Registered Product Strategy

Symetra Life Insurance Company plans to expand its annuities portfolio and develop new registered products, hiring Kevin Knull to head up these endeavors.  

Knull has joined the company as senior vice president, Registered Investments. In this role, he will lead the creation of Symetra’s registered annuity business, with an initial focus on lower-cost variable annuities that do not offer living benefit guarantees. He will report to Dan Guilbert, executive vice president of Symetra’s Retirement Division.

Knull most recently served as CEO of The Knull Group, LLC, a consulting firm focused on product and sales strategies for investment and insurance companies. He previously spent nine years at The Hartford Financial Services Group in a variety of sales leadership positions. At The Hartford, Knull and his team of wholesalers represented variable annuities, fixed annuities, 401(k), and other tax-deferred investments with financial planning, wirehouse, and regional investment firms.

“Kevin has deep knowledge of variable annuity products, and he knows what it takes to be successful with registered representatives and fee-based investment advisers. With his understanding of distributor processes, we can build products that help solve challenges for advisers and their clients,” said Guilbert.

Knull earned a bachelor of science degree at the United States Coast Guard Academy. He is a Certified Financial Planner and currently serves on the board of directors of the National Capital Area Financial Planning Association in Washington, D.C. He will be based in Bellevue, Washington.