Symetra Life Insurance Company today announced plans to expand its annuities portfolio and develop new registered products. Symetra also named a new leader to head up product strategy and development for this emerging registered annuity business.

Kevin Knull has joined the company as senior vice president, Registered Investments. In this role, he will lead the creation of Symetra’s registered annuity business, with an initial focus on lower-cost variable annuities that do not offer living benefit guarantees. He will report to Dan Guilbert, executive vice president of Symetra’s Retirement Division.

Knull most recently served as CEO of The Knull Group, LLC, a consulting firm focused on product and sales strategies for investment and insurance companies. He previously spent nine years at The Hartford Financial Services Group in a variety of sales leadership positions. At The Hartford, Knull and his team of wholesalers represented variable annuities, fixed annuities, 401(k) and other tax-deferred investments with financial planning, wirehouse and regional investment firms.

“Kevin has deep knowledge of variable annuity products, and he knows what it takes to be successful with registered representatives and fee-based investment advisors. With his understanding of distributor processes, we can build products that help solve challenges for advisors and their clients,” said Guilbert. “Driven by Kevin’s energy and extensive registered product experience, we look forward to pursuing this new market opportunity to grow and diversify our retirement business.”

Knull earned a bachelor of science degree at the United States Coast Guard Academy. He is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and currently serves on the board of directors of the National Capital Area Financial Planning Association in Washington, D.C. He will be based in Bellevue, Wash.

About Symetra

Symetra Life Insurance Company is a subsidiary of Symetra Financial Corporation (NYSE: SYA), a diversified financial services company based in Bellevue, Wash. In business since 1957, Symetra provides employee benefits, annuities and life insurance through a national network of benefit consultants, financial institutions, and independent agents and advisors. For more information, visit

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