American Equity Investment Life Holding Company (NYSE: AEL), a leading underwriter of index and fixed rate annuities, announced today the appointment of William R. Kunkel as its Executive Vice President – Legal and General Counsel. David J. Noble, Executive Chairman, and John M. Matovina, Chief Executive Officer and President, said, “We are delighted to announce Bill’s appointment as General Counsel. The depth and breadth of his professional experience, strong leadership abilities, and knowledge of American Equity’s business having represented us for more than 15 years make him a natural fit for this position. His addition to our executive management group complements the experienced group of executives that have worked together as a team for many years.” Mr. Kunkel was a partner in the Chicago office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP until his retirement in June 2012. He joined Skadden Arps in 1984 upon the founding of its Chicago office. His practice concentrated on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and other corporate governance and securities matters. He has represented public and private companies in many industries and has received numerous recognitions for his professional work. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Creighton University. “I am excited to join the American Equity family and management team at this important time in the company’s development,” commented Mr. Kunkel. “American Equity has enjoyed tremendous success since its formation in 1995. I believe that American Equity has outstanding potential and I look forward to using my talents and experience to help the company achieve even greater success in the years that follow.” ABOUT AMERICAN EQUITY American Equity Investment Life Holding Company, through its wholly-owned operating subsidiaries, is a full service underwriter of a broad line of fixed annuity and life insurance products, with a primary emphasis on the sale of index and fixed rate annuities. American Equity Investment Life Holding Company, a New York Stock Exchange Listed company (NYSE: AEL), is headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa. For more information, please visit www.american-equity.com.