James T. Morris, FSA
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Pacific Life Insurance Company
Mr. Morris was born on January 11, 1960 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He is married to Ann Morris and they have two children.
University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., mathematics, 1982
Mr. Morris is chairman and chief executive officer of Pacific Life Insurance Company, and its parent companies Pacific Mutual Holding Company and Pacific LifeCorp. He is only the 14th chief executive officer in the company's 145-year history.
Mr. Morris was a summer actuarial student from 1981 to 1982 with Transamerica Occidental prior to joining Pacific Life in 1982 as assistant actuary, Special Marketing. He progressed through a series of management positions within the Life Insurance Division and was elected senior vice president, M-Operations in 1996. He was responsible for business relations with M Financial Group, a leading life insurance producer group that designs and markets individual life insurance products to the upscale market in collaboration with Pacific Life.
In 2002, he was promoted to executive vice president, heading up the Life Insurance Division of Pacific Life. In April 2005, Mr. Morris was promoted to executive vice president and chief insurance officer. His role was expanded to include the Annuities & Mutual Funds Division and Pacific Select Group, in addition to the Life Insurance Division.
Mr. Morris was promoted to chief operating officer in January 2006. On April 2, 2007, Mr. Morris became Pacific Life’s president and chief executive officer.
From 2007-2014, Mr. Morris served on the board of directors of the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), the nation's principal life insurance company trade association headquartered in Washington, D.C. He served as its chairman during 2012-2013. From 2002-2006, he served on the Life Insurance Marketing Research Association's (LIMRA) Strategic Marketing Issues Committee.
Mr. Morris is a past chairperson of Junior Achievement of Orange County and is a member of the board of visitors of the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He is also the chairman of the Pacific Life Foundation. In addition, Mr. Morris is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.