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CNO Names Tom Barta As Senior Vice President, Finance And Business Development; Erik Helding As Senior Vice President, Treasury & Investor Relations

CARMEL, Ind., Aug. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CNO Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:CNO) today announced two changes in the executive leadership for its Finance department.  Tom Barta has been named Senior Vice President, Finance and Business Development, and Erik Helding has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Treasury & Investor Relations.

Both Mr. Helding and Mr. Barta will report to Fred Crawford, Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Crawford said, "Tom and Erik bring great technical knowledge and experience to these critical functions, as CNO continues to build upon its financial strengths and market focus."

Mr. Barta joined CNO in 2007 as the Senior Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis.  In 2010 he took on additional responsibilities for Treasury, Sourcing, and Facilities.  Prior to joining CNO, he progressed through multiple finance roles over his 20-year career at Allianz.  Mr. Barta earned a BSB degree in Accounting and an MBA in Finance from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management.

Mr. Helding joined CNO in 2004 as Assistant Vice President of Financial Planning & Analysis for Bankers Life & Casualty Company, after serving the previous 10 years in similar roles for GE's Employers Reinsurance Corporation and CNA Insurance.  In 2008 he was promoted to Vice President and assumed enterprise-wide responsibility for financial planning & analysis.  He earned both his BA in Finance and his MBA from the University of Illinois.

About CNOCNO is a holding company. Our insurance subsidiaries – principally Bankers Life and Casualty Company, Washington National Insurance Company and Colonial Penn Life Insurance Company – serve pre-retiree and retired Americans by helping them protect against financial adversity and provide for a more secure retirement. For more information, visit CNO online at

SOURCE CNO Financial Group, Inc.

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