James Morris, FSA
Retired Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Pacific Life Insurance Company
University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., mathematics, 1982
Mr. Morris is the retired chairman, president and chief executive officer of Pacific Life Insurance Company, and its parent companies Pacific Mutual Holding Company and Pacific LifeCorp. He was the 14th chief executive officer in the company’s more than 150-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.
Other Business Affiliations
Mr. Morris currently serves on the boards of directors of Edison International and Southern California Edison and on the board of directors of CHOC Children's Hospital.
Mr. Morris formerly 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. and as its chairman during 2012-2013. From 2002-2006, he served on the Life Insurance Marketing Research Association’s (LIMRA) Strategic Marketing Issues Committee. In addition, Mr. Morris is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Mr. Morris is the former chairman of the Pacific Life Foundation.