American General Life Companies (American General) has appointed John Deremo as executive vice president and chief distribution officer.

American General president and Chief Executive Officer Mary Jane Fortin said John is a highly respected life and annuity distribution executive with more than 30 years of distribution management experience.

"This appointment, along with a number of other strategic investments we’re making, demonstrates our commitment to the U.S. life business. I am confident that John’s strong background and experience working with multiple distribution channels – including brokerage general agencies, national insurance marketing organizations, financial institutions and independent broker dealers – will place us firmly on the path for continued growth and success," Fortin added.

Prior to joining American General, Deremo served at Protective Life Corporation as senior vice president and chief distribution officer.

John also held sales, marketing and distribution functions responsibility for both Protective Life Insurance Company and West Coast Life Insurance Company.

Before joining Protective Life, John held services with Pacific Mutual and Spectra Financial as co-founder.

American General provides spectrum of life insurance, fixed annuities, accident & health products and worksite benefits to serve the financial and estate planning needs of its customers in US.