Leadership at Pacific Life

At Pacific Life, we conduct business with integrity and make decisions based on what is best for our policyholders. Please see below for detailed information about our boards of directors and executive management, and our commitment to compliance and ethics.

Our Board & Executive Management

Our Board and Executive Management are committed to creating products and services that stand the test of time, providing value and financial security for generations of families and businesses. They embody the principles in our Code of Conduct and lead with integrity. They have promoted our growth, and the development of a diverse and competitive suite of life insurance and retirement products, while ensuring the preservation of our unique brand and culture. 

Mariann Byerwalter
Chair, Board of Directors
Pacific Mutual Holding Company
Darryl Button
President and CEO
Pacific Life Insurance Company
Dwight Decker
Retired Chairman and CEO
Conexant Systems, Inc.
Christopher Furman
President and CEO
Ventura Foods, LLC
Julia Gouw
Retired President and COO
East West Bank
Louise Pentland
Chief Counsel and Strategic Advisor to the Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products
The Walt Disney Company 
Michael Shepherd
Retired Chairman and CEO
BancWest Corporation
Scott Stowell
Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President
Capital Thirteen LLC
Peter Taylor
Retired President
ECMC Foundation
Maria Teresa Tejada
Expert Partner
Bain & Co., Inc.
Kerry Williams
Retired, President and Chief Operating Officer
Dean Yoost
Retired Partner


Darryl Button President and Chief Executive Officer
Dawn Behnke Executive Vice President, Consumer Markets
Laura Cushing Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Mary Beth Eckert Executive Vice President and Chief Information and Digital Officer
Adrian Griggs Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
David Howell Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Life Re 
Tod Nasser Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer 
Jay Orlandi Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Alessandro Papa Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer 
Vibhu Sharma Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Brian Woolfolk Executive Vice President, Institutional


The Board of Directors and Executive Management of Pacific Life Insurance Company are committed to the highest ethical standards in maintaining the Corporation's success, which provides lasting benefit to its policyholders. The number of directors on the Pacific Mutual Holding Company Board will be between seven to thirteen with at least 75% of the Board consisting of independent Directors. Currently, there are twelve directors on the Board and the Chair is independent. Pacific Mutual observes the definition of an independent director as set forth in the New York Stock Exchange Listed Company Manual as well as requirements of applicable laws and regulations. The Board places a high priority on the engagement and diversity of the Board and actively considers diversity, along with experience, wisdom, judgment, and integrity, in recruitment and nomination of directors. Board members are elected to serve three-year terms and performance and effectiveness is reviewed at least annually. Average Board tenure is ten years as of May 2023. 

Our Board independence statement and additional guidelines can be found in our Board and Corporate Governance Guidelines and Committee Charters.

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