Great-West Lifeco Inc. today announced that Stefan Kristjanson, President and Chief Operating Officer, Canada, has decided to retire on Dec. 31, 2018. As a result of Kristjanson’s retirement, the company announced that Jeff Macoun has been appointed President and Chief Operating Officer, Canada, effective immediately.
Kristjanson has been with the company for nearly 30 years, including the last two years as President and Chief Operating Officer, Canada. "On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire organization, I want to thank Stefan for his vision, dedication and leadership, as well as his nearly 30 years with the company," said Paul Mahon, President and Chief Executive Officer, Great-West Lifeco. "I would also like to express my gratitude for the work Stefan has done to help build a strong foundation for our next phase of growth in Canada."
Macoun began his career with the company more than 30 years ago and has held senior leadership positions in both Group and Individual Customer – most recently serving as Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Canada and Executive Vice-President, Group Customer.
"Given Jeff's strong leadership track record with the company, he is well-placed to deliver on the next phase of our growth strategy," said Mahon, noting that to ensure a smooth transition, Stefan has been appointed to the role of Special Advisor to the CEO and COO until he retires at the end of 2018. "I look forward to working closely with Jeff as we continue to implement our transformation journey."