Meet RGA's GFS Team
RGA's experienced professionals offer market expertise, international perspective, and a consistent record of timely execution. Meet our senior leadership and regional teams across the Asia Pacific, United Kingdom, North America and EMEA regions.
Meet Our Team
John P. Laughlin is Executive Vice President of Global Financial Solutions (GFS), a unit of RGA, and President of RGA Financial Group, L.L.C., a subsidiary of Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated. He is also a member of RGA’s Executive Council.
The GFS unit is responsible for all of RGA’s financial reinsurance, asset-intensive reinsurance and bulk longevity business worldwide. GFS works closely with RGA offices around the world to create customized reinsurance solutions for annuities and other interest-sensitive products, and to support client capital needs for life, health and annuity products.
John came to RGA in 1995 when the company acquired the joint venture that ultimately became RGA Financial Group, L.L.C. RGA Financial, the unit where RGA’s broker-generated business is also housed, became a full subsidiary of RGA Reinsurance Company in 2000.
He began his insurance career with Liberty Financial Management. In 1979, he joined ITT Financial Corporation, and in 1983 began developing its financial reinsurance market. By 1985, ITT Financial was the largest provider of financial reinsurance in the United States.
John received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in business administration and accounting from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and his Master of Science (M.S.) degree in finance from St. Louis University.
David Boettcher is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Global Financial Solutions (GFS). RGA’s GFS team is responsible for providing customized reinsurance solutions for capital and financial risk management, management of investment risk, and management of longevity risk. In his role, David leads a team of regional business leaders covering the Americas, Asia, and EMEA, and has overall responsibility and accountability for GFS business written globally. Much of David’s time is devoted to business development, market research, new product initiatives, and the underwriting of new business.
David has more than 30 years of experience in the insurance industry with a strong focus on international markets giving him both deep and broad global knowledge of the life insurance industry’s financial needs. David works extensively on providing reinsurance solutions to RGA’s clients to improve their financial flexibility and returns, ensuring their future success and unlocking shareholder value.
Prior to the 2010 creation of the Global Financial Solutions unit, David led RGA International Division’s Capital and Financial Solutions unit, and was the International Division’s Chief Actuary prior to 2008. Before joining RGA in 1997, David held several actuarial leadership positions in product development, pricing, corporate taxation and financial reporting for Manulife, North American Life, and Dominion Life.
David is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FCIA), and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA).
Prior to joining RGA in 1999, Larry was with the actuarial firm of Milliman and Robertson (now Milliman Inc.). There, he worked on demutualizations, mergers and acquisitions valuations, and market-conduct class-action settlements. Previously, he was with Equitable Life Assurance Society, where he held several actuarial positions.
Larry received an A.B. (cum laude) degree in mathematics from Harvard University. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA). He has also served in various roles with the SOA’s Reinsurance Section Council, was a member of the Academy’s Life Reinsurance Work Group, and has spoken at numerous industry meetings.
As Senior Vice President, Product Development, Global Financial Solutions (GFS), René Cotting leads a global team in the development of novel financial reinsurance solutions to help RGA clients respond to regulatory and market changes. The team also provides transaction structuring and pricing support. He is based in RGA’s Singapore office.
René is a seasoned finance professional with over 24 years of experience in reinsurance, investment banking, consulting, and research. He has successfully originated, structured and executed transactions in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. Prior to joining RGA in 2009, René was Executive Director, FI Solutions Group – Insurance for the Dutch state-owned bank ABN AMRO/RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland), serving as the head of its London desk and focusing on regulatory and economic capital optimization for both the life and non-life markets, and on life insurance product development. Before that, he was Vice President, Insurance & Weather Derivatives for ABN AMRO. René began his career with positions at Zurich Financial Services and Zurich Re.
René received his Diploma in chemistry and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Zurich University. He also completed the International Executive Development Program at INSEAD, a graduate business school with campuses in France, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi.
Dustin Hetzler is Senior Vice President and Chief Pricing Actuary in the Global Financial Solutions (GFS), a unit of RGA. He leads a team of senior actuaries that develop and price reinsurance transactions globally within the GFS product lines of structured reinsurance, asset-intensive, longevity, and stable value.
With more than 23 years of reinsurance and insurance actuarial experience, Dustin has served in various actuarial and management positions. These roles have included responsibilities such as risk management, pricing, valuation, product development, and marketing. Some specific areas of extensive involvement for Dustin include reinsurance solution construction, longevity, economic capital model development, treaty negotiation, and asset and liability model construction. These roles and responsibilities cover life, health, and annuity products both domestically and internationally.
He received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in mathematics from Iowa State University. Dustin is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA).
Prior to joining RGA in 2015, Jeff served for 15 years in several senior executive roles with USAA Life Insurance Company, including as President. He is also a former board member of the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) and served on multiple sub-committees for the organization.
Jeff received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in actuarial sciences from the University of Illinois. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA), a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA), and a Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst (CERA).
Gary Seifert is Senior Vice President, North America, Global Financial Solutions (GFS), a unit of RGA. He is responsible for managing the North America region of GFS, including business development, marketing and transaction services, and stable value operations.
Gary started his business development career in 1992 as a Reinsurance Account Executive, marketing to life insurance companies in the U.S., and has filled a range of sales and marketing roles for RGA since then. He began his reinsurance career in 1989 as a reinsurance analyst for ITT Lyndon Re, and joined RGA in 1995 when RGA and Swiss Re purchased ITT Lyndon Re, forming RGA/Swiss Financial Group. RGA bought Swiss Re’s interest in 2000, renaming the unit RGA Financial Markets, and then in 2010, RGA merged the unit with RGA Capital and Financial Solutions to form GFS.
He received his Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in accounting from the University of Missouri – Columbia and his M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and a Fellow of the Life Management Institute (FLMI).
*Member of RGA Executive Council