Symetra Financial Corporation today named David Goldstein as senior vice president and general counsel. He replaces George Pagos, who retired from the company on Sept. 30, 2011 with more than 35 years of service.

Goldstein will provide Symetra senior management with legal advice on strategic and operational issues and will oversee the activities of the company’s legal and compliance departments, including corporate governance, securities compliance, contracts, and statutory and regulatory affairs. He will report to Tom Marra, president and chief executive officer of Symetra Financial Corporation.

For the past 23 years, Goldstein has worked at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. As a partner in the Financial Services Practice Group, he counseled financial institutions, including insurance companies, investment advisors, broker-dealers and employee benefit plan service providers, on a wide variety of corporate and securities law matters. Before joining Sutherland, Goldstein served on the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the Division of Investment Management. Earlier in his career, he was an assistant vice president and assistant general counsel at the Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company (VALIC).

“David has built an outstanding track record of success at one of the nation’s top private law firms. He is a strong leader, known for his proactive and collaborative approach,” said Marra. “With his deep experience in insurance and securities matters, David will be a valuable contributor as we pursue Symetra’s ‘Grow and Diversify’ strategies.”

Goldstein earned a bachelor’s degree at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., and a law degree at Boston University School of Law.

About Symetra

Symetra Financial Corporation (NYSE: SYA) is 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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