Branstad, Reynolds announce keynote speakers, preliminary details for Global Insurance Symposium
(DES MOINES) – Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Insurance Commissioner
Nick Gerhart are pleased to announce keynote speakers and preliminary details for the Global
Insurance Symposium scheduled for May 20‐22, 2014, in Des Moines, Iowa.
Des Moines will serve as the host for the Global Insurance Symposium that will focus on the
changing regulations in the international insurance marketplace. These trends are impacting
U.S. companies doing business in international jurisdictions. Participants will hear from
international regulators, state insurance commissioners, insurance industry chief executives,
and other industry experts.
“The insurance industry in Iowa is critical to our economy,” said Governor Branstad. “We are
honored to host the Global Insurance Symposium in our capital city and share a dialogue with
global leaders about the critical issues impacting the industry.”
Globally recognized keynote speakers are already confirmed to attend this event, including
Japan’s Vice Commissioner Masamichi Kono; Mr. T.S.Vijayan, Chairman, India Insurance
Regulatory and Development Authority; and Sen. Ben Nelson, Chief Executive Officer of the
National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Governor Branstad will welcome attendees
to the Symposium at a reception at the World Food Prize building on the evening of May 20. Lt.
Governor Reynolds and Commissioner Gerhart will make opening remarks the next morning.
“Iowa is known globally for its emerging insurance industry,” said Reynolds. “As an industry that
employs thousands of Iowans, Governor Branstad and I look forward to welcoming insurance
market leaders to Des Moines and showcasing our state’s thriving insurance climate.”
Gerhart commented, “I am impressed with the quality program that has emerged. As home to
over 200 insurance companies, the state of Iowa is uniquely positioned to host this event. The
dialogue we will have in May will transcend borders and highlight the global nature of the
The privately‐funded Symposium is the result of collaborative work between the Greater Des
Moines Partnership, the Iowa Economic Development Authority, and Iowa Insurance
Commissioner Nick Gerhart. To register for the conference and learn more, visit